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University of Tennessee  

Admissions Office
College of Veterinary Medicine
2407 River Drive
Room A-104-C
Knoxville TN 37996-4550
Telephone: (865) 974-7354


The University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located in Knoxville, a city of 185,000 situ­ated in the Appalachian foothills of east central Tennes­see. Only 45 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 3 hours from both Nashville and At­lanta, Knoxville offers many recreational and cultural opportunities, including a symphony orchestra, an op­era company, and several fine theaters. The climate in Knoxville is moderate with distinct seasons.

The 550-acre Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee has about 21,300 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students. The mod­ern Clyde M. York Veterinary Medicine Building, housing the teaching and research fa­cilities, the Veterinary Medi­cal Center, including the W.W. Armistead Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and Ag­riculture-Veterinary Medicine Library, faces the Ten­nessee River on the university’s Agricultural Campus.

The curriculum of the College of Veterinary Medi­cine is a 9-semester, 4-year program. Development of a strong basic science education is emphasized in the first year. The second and third years emphasize the study of diseases, their causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Innovative features of the first three years of the curriculum include 6 weeks of student-centered small-group applied-learning exercises in se­mesters 1-5; 3 weeks of dedicated clinical experiences in the Veterinary Medical Center in semesters 3-5; and elective course opportunities in semesters 4-9 that al­low students to focus on specific educational/ career goals. In the fourth year (final 3 semesters), students participate exclusively in clinical rotations (27 weeks of core rotations and 23 weeks of elective rotations) in the Veterinary Medical Center and in required off-campus externships. The college has unique programs in zoo, avian, and exotic animal medicine and surgery, can­cer diagnosis and therapy, minimally invasive surgery (laser lithotripsy, endoscopy, otoscopy), and rehabilita­tion/physical therapy.


For specific application information (availability, dead­lines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above. We admit ap­proximately 85 applicants each year. Priority is given to Tennessee residents (60 of the 85 seats are for Ten­nessee residents). Twenty-five highly qualified non-res­idents are admitted each year.

Residency implications: Tennessee has no contractual agreements and does accept nonresident applications. Tennessee accepts applications only from United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States. International applications are not considered.


General inorganic chemistry (with laboratory)


Organic chemistry (with laboratory)


General biology/zoology (with laboratory)


Cellular/Molecular biology*




Biochemistry (exclusive of laboratory)†


Physics (with laboratory)


English composition


S oc i al sc i e n ce s /huma n i tiea


* It is expected that this requirement will be fulfilled by a course in cellular or molecular biology. An upper-division cell or molecular biology course is preferred.

† This should be a complete upper-division course in general cellular and comparative biochemistry. Half of a 2-semes­ter sequence will not satisfy this requirement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete additional biological and physical science courses, especially comparative anatomy, mammalian physiology, microbiology with laboratory, and statistics.



VMCAS application deadline: October 1, 2014, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

GRE scores must be received by the College no later than October 1, 2014

Date interviews are held: January 5, 6, and 10, 2015

Date acceptances mailed: no later than January 30, 2015

Applicant’s response date: April 15, 2015

School begins: late August 2015

Deposit (to hold place in class): none required.

Deferments: are considered on a case-by-case basis.


The admission procedure consists of a 3-phased review process (i.e., academic review, packet review, and inter­view). Each section weighted equally in the final ap­plicant score. The initial academic review determines which applicants will move forward to a packet review. The combined academic review and packet review de­termines selection of the applicant interview pool.

Initial academic file review includes:

  • Academic performance and grade point average
  • GRE Test scores
  • Prerequisite completion
  • VMCAS and Supplemental Application information
  • VMCAS Disadvantaged/Hardship statement


Holistic packet review:

  • Rigor of educational program
  • Personal Statement
  • References (3-6 required)
  • Evidence of logical preparation for this career
  • Veterinary and Animal Experience
  • Extracurricular activities/community service
  • Leadership and diversity
  • Disadvantaged/Hardship factors



  • Personal Statement
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation
  • Animal/veterinary experience
  • Understanding of the profession
  • Personal interests and qualities
  • Professionalism



Required undergraduate GPA: for nonresident applicants, the minimum acceptable cumulative GPA is 3.20 on a 4.00 scale. At time of acceptance, the mean GPA of the class entering in fall of 2013 was 3.66.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college tran­scripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Course completion deadline: prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better by the end of the spring term prior to entry.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? No


Estimated Tuition Resident: $24,022

Estimated Tuition Contract: $0

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $52,122


Resident: 60

Contract: 0

Non-Resident: 25


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Exam (GRE), General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Ana­lytical) is required, and scores must be received by Oc­tober 1, 2014.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? No


Additional requirements and considerations:

  • Animal/veterinary work experience
  • 3 letters of recommendation are required but no more than 6 letters will be accepted
  • Extracurricular and/community service activities
  • Leadership skills
  • Autobiographical essay (personal statement)
  • A Supplemental Application is required and an op­tional Disadvantages Declaration and can be found at:

Parallel Degree Program

The College, in partnership with the College of Educa­tion, Health and Human Sciences, offers an option for veterinary students (and graduate veterinarians) to earn the MPH degree with a concentration in Veterinary Public Health.

Contact the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Marcy Souza at for additional information.

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