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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 (29 weeks of core rotations and 15 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.
Application Information
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.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
General inorganic chemistry (with laboratory)   8
Organic chemistry (with laboratory)   8
General biology/zoology (with laboratory)   8
Cellular/Molecular biology*   3
Genetics   3
Biochemistry (exclusive of laboratory)†   4
Physics (with laboratory)   8
English composition   6
Social sciences/humanities 18
* 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.
AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

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 2012 was 3.53.

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.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Exam (GRE®), General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) is required, and scores must be received by November 15, 2013.The last date applicants should plan on taking the GRE is October 1, 2013. UTK’s GRE code is 2104, and the Department Code is 0617. For applicants planning to matriculate in August, 2013, results of GRE tests taken prior to November 1, 2009, will not be accepted.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal/veterinary work experience
3 letters of recommendation are required and preferred. No more than
5 letters will be accepted
Extracurricular and/or community service activities
Leadership skills
Autobiographical essay (personal statement)
A Supplemental Application is required and can be found at: .
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
GRE Scores must be received by the College no later than November 15, 2013
Date interviews are held: March 17-21, 2014
Date acceptances mailed: no later than April 1
Applicant’s response date: April 15
School begins: late August
Deposit (to hold place in class): none required.
Deferments: are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation criteria
The admission procedure consists of an initial file review followed by an interview of selected applicants.
Initial academic file review:
Test scores
VMCAS and Supplemental Application information
Animal/veterinary experience
Evidence of logical preparation for this career
Extracurricular activities/community service
Personal interests and qualities
References (3-5 required)
2012–2013 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 127 64
Nonresident 538 24
Total 665 88
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $22,616
Nonresident $49,142
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. John Coy New Jr. at for additional information.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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