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The Ohio State University

Office of Student Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
Suite 127 Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
The Ohio State University
Columbus OH 43210-1089
Telephone: (614) 247-1512
Fax: (614) 292-6989

The Ohio State University is located in Columbus, the state’s capital and the nation’s 15th largest city. Columbus has been rated the 7th best city in the nation for cost of living (Forbes Magazine) and one of the country’s top-10 places to live (Money). Columbus offers all the cultural perks you would expect from a major metropolitan area including the #1 zoo in the country, according to the USA Travel Guide.

The Ohio State University was founded in 1870 and is one of the nation’s leading academic centers, consistently ranks as Ohio’s best, and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities. The campus consists of thousands of acres, hundreds of buildings, more than 15,000 faculty and staff, and more than 56,000 students.

The Veterinary Medical Center includes a Hospital for Companion Animals, Food Animal, and the Galbreath Equine Center. The patient load is one of the highest in the country and farmlands can be accessed 10 miles from campus. The Veterinary Medicine Academic Building has nearly 10,000 square feet of space and includes research labs, classrooms, a library, computer lab, and academic offices.

The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine is part of one of the largest and most comprehensive health sciences centers in the country that includes dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine.
Application Information
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Residency implications: applicants from all states will be considered. In-state and out-of state applicants are given equal consideration. We accept the top 162 students. We do accept international applicants.
Prerequisites for Admission
For the humanities and social sciences requirement, students are encouraged to elect the courses required for the bachelor of science curriculum. Courses in communication, journalism, sociology, economics, and animal behavior are strongly recommended. Elective courses are at the student’s discretion, after consultation with an advisor. However, highly recommended electives include embryology, histology, cell biology, immunology, anatomy, physiology, and animal science including nutrition

Students enrolled in the preveterinary medicine curriculum are encouraged to take electives that will provide a well-rounded education in addition to those biological sciences preparatory to the veterinary medical curriculum.

Course requirements

Semester Units Quarter Units
English composition   3 - 4
General chemistry (with laboratory)*   8-10
Organic chemistry (no laboratory)*   6 - 8   6
Biochemistry (no laboratory)*   3 - 4
General biology (with labs)*   6 - 8
Genetics*   3 - 4  
Microbiology (with laboratory)*   3 - 4  
Mathematics (algebra and trigonometry)   4 - 6
General physics (one year with laboratory)*   8-10
Humanities and social sciences       14 20
Electives       8 10
* Must have been completed within the 10 years preceding the application deadline.
Required undergraduate GPA: the minimum GPA to be considered is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The most recent entering class had a mean overall GPA of 3.65 and a science GPA of 3.48. Prerequisite GPA is evaluated as well as last 45 semester or quarter hours.
AP credit policy: AP credit given if course is listed on official transcript.
Course completion deadline: all but one prerequisite course must be completed by the end of the fall semester or quarter coinciding with submission of the application. The final remaining prerequisite course must be completed at the end of the following term (spring semester or winter quarter). Failure to satisfactorily complete all prerequisites with a grade of C or better will result in automatic loss of a candidate’s seat in the class.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Medical College Admission (MCAT) test is required. Most applicants choose to take the GRE. Tests must be taken by September 30 but within five years of application. Test scores must be received no later than October 1 of the year of application. Use GRE code: 1592 and Department Code: 0617
Additional requirements and considerations
Academic background/difficulty
Interpersonal skills/communication skills
Animal handling experience
Veterinary experience
Knowledge and understanding of the profession
Letters of recommendation ( one must be from a veterinarian). Evaluators may not be relatives.
Written communication
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Date interviews are held: November–January
Date acceptances mailed: December–March
School begins: late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $25.00 for residents; $300.00 (non-refundable fee) for contract and nonresident applicants.

Deferments: not considered.

Evaluation criteria
Objective score 35% weight
Subjective score 35% weight
File Review 30%
Preferred applicants are interviewed and evaluated by members of the Admissions Committee. The academic interview covers subjective areas such as communication/interpersonal skills, motivation/initiative/innovation, animal handling experience, veterinary experience, involvement in social and community activities, motivation and commitment to veterinary medicine, comprehension of veterinary medicine, knowledge of and/or exposure to animals,. Those applicants given the highest overall evaluation are selected for the entering class.
2012–2013 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 217   80
Nonresident 601   80
Total 818 160
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Estimated tuition and fees (subject to change)
Resident $28,620.00
Nonresident* $62,084.00
* For tuition purposes, nonresident students can apply for residency after completing their first year at Ohio State.
Dual-Degree Programs
Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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