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University of Pennsylvania

Admissions Office
School of Veterinary Medicine
3800 Spruce Street University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6044
Telephone: (215) 898-5434
Fax: (215) 573-8819

The University of Pennsylvania is located in West Philadelphia. Philadelphia is a city with a strong cultural heritage. Independence National Park includes 1 square mile of historic Philadelphia next to the Delaware River. Included are Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many fine examples of colonial architecture. Philadelphia also offers theaters, museums, sports, and outdoor recreation. The Philadelphia Zoo, first in the nation, houses more than 1,600 mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
The School of Veterinary Medicine enjoys a close relationship with the zoo. The School of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1884 and includes a hospital for small animals, classrooms, and research facilities in the city. The large-animal hospital and research facilities are located at the New Bolton Center, an 800-acre farm 40 miles west of Philadelphia. The first 2 years are spent on the main campus. Part of the third year may be spent at the New Bolton Center, and the fourth year is spent in rotation and on electives at varying campus locations. Off-campus electives are frequently permitted.
Application Information

For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: priority is given to Pennsylvania residents. The number of nonresident places is usually about 80, including international applicants.
Prerequisites for Admission
At least 3 English credits must be in composition; biology courses must provide background in genetics. Organic chemistry must cover aliphatic and aromatic compounds to fulfill the requirement.
Course requirements and semester hours
English (including composition)   6
Physics (with laboratory)   8
Chemistry (with at least 1 laboratory)
   General   8
   Organic   4
Biology or zoology (3 courses)   9
Biochemistry (effective Fall 2014 entrance)
Microbiology (effective Fall 2014 entrance)
Social sciences or humanities   6
Calculus and math statistics (or biostats)   6
Electives 37
(Although not required, biochemistry is strongly recommended.)
Required undergraduate GPA: no specific GPA. Applicants are evaluated comparatively. The mean cumulative GPA of the class admitted in 2012 was 3.59.
AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and count toward degree.
Course completion deadline: prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer term of the year in which admission is sought.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is required; the GRE Code for Pennvet is 2775. Test scores should be received no later than December 1. The class admitted in 2012 had an average of 563 on the verbal subtest and 713 on the quantitative subtest.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal/veterinary work experience: experience working with animals, direct veterinary work, or research experience is desired. Approximately 500-600 hours is recommended. Experience should be sufficient to convince the admissions committee of motivation, interest, and understanding.
Recommendations/evaluations: 3 required, one from an academic science source; and one from a veterinarian. The third is the choice of the applicant.
Extracurricular/community service activities: additional activities in this category can provide information important to the admissions committee.
Leadership: evidence of leadership abilities is desirable.
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Supplemental application and fee deadline: October 2
Date interviews are held: Fridays from early January until completion
Date acceptances mailed: within 14 days after interview
School begins: early September
Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00.Deferments: are considered on an individual basis.
Deferments: are considered on an individual basis.
Evaluation criteria
The seats are filled through a 2-part admission procedure, which includes a file review and personal interviews.
Test scores
Animal/veterinary experience
English skills (TOEFL)
File review: files are reviewed in January by pairs of members of the admissions committee (including an alumni member), and decisions are made on whether or not to offer an interview.
Personal interviews: interviews are held on Fridays from early January until the class is filled. The number of interviews granted equals 1½ to 2 times the number of seats available.
Two personal interviews are conducted: a formal interview with 2 faculty members (including an alumni member) of the committee, and an informal interview with student committee members. Although students do not vote on acceptance, they have a significant part in the meeting following interviews.
2011–2012 admissions summary for the class of 2016

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident    200   42
Nonresident 1,193   83
Total 1,393 125
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $37,304.00
Nonresident $46,993.00
Dual-Degree Programs
Combined VMD–graduate degree programs are available.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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