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Texas A & M University

 

Office of the Dean
Attn: Student Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A & M University
College Station TX 77843-4461
Telephone: (979) 862-1169
vetmed.tamu.edu

 
The university is located adjacent to the cities of Bryan and College Station. The two cities have a combined population of about 100,000. The student population at Texas A & M is more than 40,000. The College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the 10 original veterinary teaching institutions that existed in the United States prior to World War II.

The College provides an integrated professional curriculum that prepares graduates with a firm foundation in the basic sciences, a broad comparative medicine knowledge base, and the clinical and personal skills to be leaders in the many career fields of veterinary medicine. Professional students are given the opportunity to gain additional education and training in their personal career paths.
 
Becoming a veterinarian requires much dedication and diligent study. The veterinary medical student is required to meet a high level of performance. The demands on students’ time and effort are considerable, but the rewards and career satisfaction are personal achievements that make significant contributions to our society.
 
Application Information
 
For specific application information (availability, deadlines and fees), please refer to the contact information listed above.
 
Residency implications: Texas has no contractual agreements with other states. Applicants from other states who have outstanding credentials will be considered. Texas seats 122 residents and up to 10 non-resident applicants per year. In the event that not all 10 non-resident positions are filled, these positions will then be filled with Texas alternates. Successful candidates who are awarded competitive university-based scholarships may attend at resident tuition rate.
 
Prerequisites for Admission
The minimum number of college or university credits required for admission into the professional curriculum is 62 semester hours. Applicants must have completed or have in progress approximately 46 credit hours at the time of application. Because there is no specific degree plan associated with preveterinary education, students are encouraged to pursue a degree plan that meets individual interests. Students are strongly encouraged to choose courses with the assistance of a knowledgeable counselor at the undergraduate institution or through contact with an academic advisor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, telephone: (979) 862-1169.
 
Course requirements and semester hours (subject to change)
Life sciences

General biology (with laboratory) 4
*General microbiology (with laboratory) 4
*Genetics 3
*Animal nutrition or feeds and feeding 3


Chemical-physical sciences and mathematics
Inorganic chemistry (with laboratory) 8
Organic chemistry (with laboratory) 8
*Biochemistry I & II(lecture hours only) 5
*Statistics 3
Physics (with laboratory) 8
Non-science
Composition and Rhetoric 3
General Psychology course
3
Speech Communications 3
Technical writing
3
* These courses must be taken at a 4-year college or university. These courses may not be taken at community or junior colleges.
 
Required undergraduate GPA: the minimum overall GPA required is 2.90 on a 4.00 scale or 3.10 for the last 45 semester credits. The mean of the most recent entering class was 3.65.
 
AP credit policy: AP credit is accepted as fulfilling selected prerequisites; credit must be reflected on the official undergraduate transcript.
 
Course completion deadline: required courses must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to entry.
 
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is required. Beginning August 1, 2011, the College of Veterinary Medicine will require the new version of the GRE examination only. Any exam taken prior to this date will not be accepted. The last date to take the GRE (general test) exam is September 30 of the year of application.
 
Additional requirements and considerations
Evaluations
Animal/veterinary work experience
 
Animal and veterinary experience is considered to evaluate the applicant’s personal qualities and motivation to be a veterinarian. Animal experience includes caring for and handling animals in a kennel or animal shelter. It also includes any other experience that was not under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, such as FFA and 4-H projects. Veterinary experience is hours spent working under the direct supervisions of a veterinarian, whether in a clinical or research environment, paid or volunteer. Applicants must have more than 50 hours worth of veterinary experience in order to qualify for an interview.

Points are assigned based on the number of hours worked and the variety of environments in which the hours were obtained. These two experiences are scored separately, so applicants should obtain experience in both areas. For example, an applicant who worked for a veterinarian should include time spent cleaning stalls or cages as animal experience and time spent with the veterinarian as veterinary experience.
 
Summary of Admission Procedure
 
Timetable
Application deadline: October 1
Date interviews are held: mid-January
Date acceptances mailed: mid-March
School begins: late August
 
Deposit (to hold place in class): none required.
 
Deferments: requests for deferments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
Evaluation criteria
Academic performance
Test scores
Interview
Personal statement
Evaluations (3 evaluations are required. 1 evaluation must be from a veterinarian, preferably with whom you have worked with. No letters of support/recommendation are needed)
Semester course load and post-academic challenge
Leadership and experience
 
2011–2012 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 353 128
Nonresident 116      8
Total 469 133
 
Expenses for the 2011–2012 Academic Year
 
Tuition and fees
Resident
$20,478
Nonresident
$31,278

 

 
 
 
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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