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University of Missouri

Office of Academic Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
W203 Veterinary Medicine Building
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia MO 65211
Telephone: (573) 884-3341

The University of Missouri is located among rolling forested hills north of the famous Lake of the Ozarks. Columbia is noted for its high quality of life and low cost of living and is consistently rated among the best cities to live in by Money Magazine. The city abounds with walking trails, 3,000 acres of state park lands, federal forests, and wildlife refuges. Columbia is located between Kansas City and St. Louis—cities that have major-league sports teams and other big-city recreational amenities. Columbia itself offers Big 12 Conference football, basketball, baseball and other sports. It boasts a 65,000-seat stadium, several 18-hole golf courses, and other indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Our location near a metropolitan area provides a strong primary and referral small animal case load. Columbia’s proximity to rural central Missouri results in an exceptional food animal and equine case load.
MU, a major research university with 34,000 students, consists of 19 schools and colleges located on a 1,335-acre campus. The College of Veterinary Medicine is noted for its unique curriculum that gives students 2 years of undiluted clinical experience before graduation as opposed to the traditional 1–1½ years. Students benefit from exposure to specialty medical areas such as clinical cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and oncology. Students also gain experience with advanced equipment such as a linear accelerator for treatment of cancer, MRI, state-of-the-art ultrasonography, extensive endoscopy equipment, cold lasers, a surgery room C-arm for radiography during surgical procedures, and others. MU is unique in having a medical school, nursing school, school of health related professions, state cancer research center, the life sciences center, the second largest research animal diagnostic laboratory in the world and department of animal science on the same campus, thus enhancing teaching, research, and clinical services.
Application Information

Out of state and Missouri residents must apply through VMCAS and submit our Supplemental Application. For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: sixty seats are given to Missouri and sixty to non-residents. A total of 120 seats awarded each year. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
English or communication 6
College algebra or more advanced mathematics 3
Physics 5
Biological science 10
Social sciences or humanities 10
Biochemistry (Organic Chemistry pre-req.) 3
Minimum credit hours 60
Required undergraduate GPA: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or more on a 4.00 scale. The most recent entering class had a mean GPA of 3.77 at the time of acceptance.
AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcript and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.
Course completion deadline: prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the winter semester or spring quarter of the year of entry. Only two courses being used to fulfill course pre-requisites may be pending completion in the spring/winter semester prior to matriculation.
Standardized examinations: The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) general test is required. Test scores older than 3 years will not be accepted. Exams must be taken prior to January 1, 2014 and scores submitted by February 1, 2014.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal/veterinary experience
Recommendations/evaluations (3 required)
Academic advisors/faculty member
Extracurricular and/or community service activities
Animal experience
Explanation of choice of veterinary medicine as a profession
Employment history
Summary of Admission Procedure
Early June, 2013: VMCAS Application Opens
September 1, 2013: Transcripts due to VMCAS
Wednesday,  October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time: VMCAS application and all letters of reference due
Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time: Supplemental Missouri application due
January: Out of state interviews held
Feb-March: Missouri resident interviews held
Date acceptances mailed: mid-April
Orientation week: mid-August
School begins: late August

Summary of Admission Procedure
Deposit (to hold place in class): $100.00 for residents; $500.00 for nonresidents.
Deferments: each is considered individually by the admissions committee.
Evaluation criteria
The admission process consists of a preliminary file review of all applicants. Personal interviews are subsequently granted to all qualified Missouri residents and 225 to 250 nonresidents.
Grades 35% weight
Test scores 5% weight
Interview score including: 60% weight
Animal/veterinary experience
Interpersonal skills
Work ethic
Leadership in college and community
Life experiences and diversity
2011–2012 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 140 60
Nonresident 809 60
Total 949 120

Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year (Updates for 2013-14 available June 2013)

Students who attend the University of Missouri have the option of applying for Missouri residency after year 1. If residency is approved, the student will pay non-resident tuition in year 1 only.
Tuition and fees
Resident $20,092
Nonresident $49,398
Dual-Degree Programs
Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available.
Early Admission Program
The Pre-veterinary Medicine and AgScholars Programs guarantee acceptance into the professional program upon satisfactory completion of the undergraduate requirements. Eligibility requires a high-school senior or University of Missouri freshman to have a composite ACT score of at least 30 and 27 respectively, or an equivalent SAT score. Eligible applicants will be interviewed, and a satisfactory score must be achieved to become a Scholar. Selected veterinary medical faculty will be assigned as mentors. Scholars receive priority consideration for part-time employment in the college. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Affairs.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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