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Tufts University

Office of Admissions
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton MA 01536
Telephone: (508) 839-7920

Tufts University is located near Boston, where athletic and cultural activities abound. The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine provides an exciting biomedical environment for the study of modern veterinary medicine. Signature programs include wildlife and conservation medicine and international veterinary medicine. Issues related to the ethical dimensions of veterinary medicine, including animal welfare, are an integral aspect of the curriculum. Hands-on learning begins in the first year and continues throughout the next three years. Many opportunities exist outside of formal courses for hands-on work in hospitals and research laboratories. The Hospital for Large Animals, Foster Hospital for Small Animals, the Ambulatory Service, and the Wildlife Clinic provide a rich mixture of horses, cats, dogs, cattle, sheep, goats, and native wildlife. Our large caseload, typically ranked among the top three schools in the country, provides exciting learning opportunities for students.
Application Information
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Residency implications: Massachusetts residents make up about one-third of each class. All others considered for the remaining spaces.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semesters
Biology (with laboratory) 2
Inorganic chemistry (with laboratory) 2
Organic chemistry (with laboratory) 2
Physics 2
Mathematics (may include a statistics course taken in a department other than mathematics) 2
Genetics, unless included in biology 1
Biochemistry 1
English composition 2
Social and behavioral sciences 2
Humanities and fine arts 2
Required undergraduate GPA: no minimum GPA required. The average GPA for the class admitted in 2012 was 3.64.
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 by the time of matriculation into the DVM program.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®), general test, is required. The most recent acceptable test date for applicants to the class of 2018 is October 31, 2013. The oldest acceptable scores must be within 5 years of the application deadline. Average GRE scores for the class of 2016 were verbal 160, quantitative 158, and analytical 4.5.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal/veterinary/biomedical research/health science experience
Rigor of coursework
Knowledge of the profession
Letters of Evaluation (3 required)
  advisor/faculty members
  veterinarian/research scientist
Extracurricular /community service activities
Leadership potential
Summary of Admission Procedure
Application deadline: November 1
Date interviews are held: December, February
Date acceptances mailed: March
School begins: late August
Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00.
Deferments: requests for deferment are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation criteria
Tufts’ admission procedure consists of a review of the application and an interview of selected applicants.
2012–2013 admissions summary

Number of Applicants

Number of New Entrants

Total             766                 96
Expenses for the 2011–2012 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $41,062
Nonresident $44,346
Dual-Degree Program
Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available. International applicants are considered for admission.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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