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Tuskegee University

Office of Veterinary Admissions and Recruitment
Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone: (334) 727-8460

Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine is located in Tuskegee, Alabama, a city of about 13,000. Tuskegee is 40 miles east of the state of Alabama, Capitol city, Montgomery, and twenty miles west of the city of Auburn. It is also within easy driving distance to the cities of Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. Summers are hot with moderate to mild humidity, and winters are moderate. Its recreational facilities, lakes, and parks can be enjoyed throughout the year-round.
Over the past 125 years and still today, since it was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee University (HBCU) has become one of our nation’s most outstanding institutions of higher learning. While it focuses on helping to develop human resources primarily within the African-American community, it is open to all.
Tuskegee’s mission has always been to provide service to people in addition to education. The University stresses the need to educate the whole person, that is, the hand and the heart as well as the mind. Tuskegee enrolls more than 3,000 students and employs approximately 900 faculty and support personnel. Physical facilities include more than 5,000 acres of forestry and a campus consisting of more than 100 major buildings and structures. Total land, forestry, and facilities are valued in excess of $500 million. The campus has also been declared a historical site by the United States Department of the Interior.
Historically, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM) was established in 1945 for the training of African-Americans during a time when few had the opportunity to study veterinary medicine because of segregation and other racial impediments.
In 1945, the United States had only 10 schools of veterinary medicine and it is estimated that fewer than five African Americans were located in the southern states. TUSVM graduated its first class of fully qualified veterinarians in 1949. Since then, it has graduated more than 70% of the African-American veterinarians in the United States.
Today, TUSVM is one of 28 Schools/Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the United States. However, it is the only one in the U.S. that is fully integrated, serving African-Americans, Caucasian students, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and international students. TUSVM is the most racially, 125 ethnically, and culturally diverse school of veterinary medicine in North America.
Also, TUSVM’s graduates have excelled in private clinical practice, in public practice such as in the government, in the military, and in corporations such as the pharmaceutical industry. They hold key leadership positions in the government, military, academia, and in the international arena.
Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and its Veterinary Teaching Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Application Information
Application Fee: $205.00 TUSVM requires a processing fee to develop and maintain each applicant’s computerized database. Send Application fee directly to Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine-Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS), please refer to the contact information listed above, or visit the online application process at: .
Residency implications: applications are accepted with special consideration given to Alabama residents and those who have residency in the following contract states, Kentucky, New Jersey, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Number of resident seats, non-resident seat: none - TUSVM maintains “open access” and selection for seats. International applications will be considered for admissions into TUSVM

Prerequisites for Admission
The Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine’s professional curriculum is a rigorous four-year program. Therefore applicant’s final grade for each required course must be a “C” or better. Students are required to take the General Aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Additionally, there is a mandatory interview with the TUSVM Admissions Committee before acceptance into the school is granted.
GPA: the cumulative and science GPA requirement is 2.7 on a 4.00 scale.
Course completion deadline: prerequisite courses must be completed by end of May.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of which must be taken within three years of application, is required. Must be completed by October 1. Request GRE Test Scores results by November 1.
Courses and Requirements in Semester Hours
I. English or Written Composition   6
II. Mathematics   6
III. Social Sciences / Humanities   6
IV. Liberal Arts   6

VI. Biological & Physical Sciences
Advance Biology (300 Level or Above)**   9
Biochemistry w/Lab   4
Advance Biology Elective   8
Organic Chemistry w/Lab   4
Physics w/Lab   8

VI. Animal Science***
Introduction to Animal Science   3
Animal Nutrition   3


Total Semester Hours 63

** Advanced biology courses, e.g., anatomy, physiology, ecology, immunology, zoology, microbiology, genetics, toxicology, and histology
*** Applicants who do not include animal science courses in their Pre-Professional studies may be admitted at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, if they fulfilled all other requirements. However, these courses must be completed prior to attaining third-year status in the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.From year 2017 forward all animal science courses have to be completed before enrollment at the veterinary school.
Summary of Admission Procedure
Application deadline: October 1
Date interviews are held: January–February
Date acceptances mailed: April 15
School begins: mid-August
Deferments: one-year deferments are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation criteria
The following items are taken into consideration: academic record, academic trends, letters of recommendation, work experience, and test scores.
% weight
Grades 68%
Test scores 8%
Animal/veterinary experience 6%
Interview 15%
  Science Professors 2%
  Veterinarian 1%
Essay (Handwritten, see application)
Number of available seats - Approximately 65-70
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
In state $10,860.00 per semester
Out of state $18,135.00 per semester
Technology fee 
$     200.00
I.D. fee $       30.00
Application Fee: $     205.00
If admitted, additional fees and expenses are required.
Dual-Degree Programs
Combined DVM–Graduate Degree Programs are available: PhD in Integrative Biosciences, PhD Interdisciplinary Pathobiology, Master of Science Veterinary Science, Master of Science Tropical Animal Health, Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Public Health
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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