University of Tennessee
College of Veterinary Medicine
2407 River Drive
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.
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.
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
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.
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
* 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.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
VMCAS application deadline:
October 1, 2014, 1:00 PM
GRE scores must be received by the College no later than October
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
late August 2015
Deposit (to hold place in class):
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
VMCAS and Supplemental
Holistic packet review:
Rigor of educational
Evidence of logical
preparation for this career
Veterinary and Animal
Leadership and diversity
Understanding of the
Personal interests and
Required undergraduate GPA:
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
AP credit policy:
must appear on official college
transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.
Course completion deadline:
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?
Is this an International School?
Estimated Tuition Resident:
Estimated Tuition Contract:
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
Graduate Record Exam
(GRE), General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) is required, and
scores must be received by October 1, 2014.
Accepts International Students?
Additional requirements and considerations:
letters of recommendation are required but no more than 6 letters will be
and/community service activities
essay (personal statement)
Supplemental Application is required and an optional Disadvantages Declaration
and can be found at: http://www.utk.edu/admissions/supplemental.php
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
Contact the College of Veterinary Medicine,
Dr. Marcy Souza at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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