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Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Admissions Coordinator
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Blacksburg VA 24061
Telephone: (540) 231-4699
Fax: (540) 231-9290

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is situated on 3 distinct campuses. The main campus is at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, a community with a population of about 40,000 situated on a high plateau in southwestern Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Its residents enjoy a wide range of educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities. In addition to the Blacksburg campus, the Equine Medical Center campus is in Leesburg, Virginia, and the University of Maryland is at College Park.
In recognition of a need for veterinarians trained in both basic and clinical sciences, the college offers students the opportunity to participate in graduate studies and receive appropriate advanced training to conduct research in basic or clinical disciplines. Nearly 25 percent of the nation’s veterinarians work in areas other than private practice, such as government and corporate veterinary medicine. Through the assistance of a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the college has established the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, which is a national resource for training veterinarians for the wide variety of careers in this area of the profession.
Application Information

For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: 50 positions are reserved for Virginia residents, and 30 positions for Maryland residents. Up to 40 additional positions may be filled by nonresidents, 6 of those reserved for WV residents.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
Biological sciences (with laboratories) 8
Organic chemistry (with laboratories) 8
Physics (with laboratories) 8
Biochemistry 3
English (composition, 3 credit hours) 6
Humanities/social science 6
Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus) 6

Students must earn a C– or better in all required courses.
Science courses taken 7 or more years ago may be repeated or substituted with higher-level courses with the written consent of the admissions committee.
Required undergraduate GPA: to be considered for admission, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.80 on a 4.00 scale upon completion of a minimum of 2 academic years of full-time study (60 semester/90 quarter hours) at an accredited college or university. Alternatively, a 3.30 GPA in the last 2 years (60 semester hours) will qualify a student who does not have a 2.80 GPA overall. All courses taken during this 2-year period must be junior or senior level. The mean GPA of those accepted into the class of 2016 was 3.5.
Advanced placement credit for 1 semester of English will be accepted if the additional required hours are composition or technical writing and are taken at a college or university.

 Advanced placement credit or credit by examination for preveterinary course requirements will be accepted. Those credits must appear on the applicant’s college transcript. Advanced placement credits will not be calculated in grade point averages and no grade assigned. No course substitutions will be allowed for AP credit or credit by examination.
Course completion deadline: required courses must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year in which matriculation occurs.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) scores must be received by November 1, 2013. It is advised that the test be taken by the first week of October.
Letters of recommendation: Three electronic evaluations/letters of recommendation are required.
Additional requirements and considerations
Maturity and a broad cultural perspective
  Motivation and dedication to a career in veterinary medicine

Evidence of potential, and appreciation of the career opportunities for veterinarians,
as indicated by:

1. Clinical veterinary experience (private practice)
2. Animal experience in addition to time spent working with a veterinarian
3. Biomedical/research experience (such as working with veterinarians or other biomedically trained individuals in health care, government, research laboratories, industrial, or corporate settings.)
4. Extramural activities, achievements, honors
5. Communication skills
6. References

Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Supplemental application deadline: October 2, 2013 (The supplemental application can be accessed at:
Date interviews are held: TBD
Date acceptances mailed: early March
School begins: mid-August
Deposit (to hold place in class): $450.00 for Maryland and Virginia residents; $1,000.00 for nonresidents.
Deferments: case-by-case basis if a candidate has extenuating circumstances beyond his or her control.
Evaluation criteria
The admission procedure is comprised of an initial screening of applicants, review of the application portfolios, and interviews of selected applicants.
70% - Academics: cumulative GPA, required science GPA, last 45 semester hour GPA, GRE aptitude
30% - Non-Academics: related animal experience, veterinary experience; research, industrial, and biomedical experiences; references; and overall application portfolio review
Top candidates ranked on the above criteria will be invited for interviews. Admission offers will be based on interview results.
2012–2013 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Maryland Resident    127   30
Virginia Resident    182   50
Nonresident    826   40
Total 1,135 120
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $21,434
Nonresident $46,366
Dual-Degree Programs
Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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