The Virginia-Maryland 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.
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.
For specific application
information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please
refer to our website at: http://www.becomeavet.vetmed.vt.edu/
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
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Supplemental application deadline:
2, 2014 (The supplemental application can be accessed at: http://www.
becomeavet.vetmed.vt.edu/howto/steps_to_apply), and will open on June 16, 2014.
Date interviews are held:
Date acceptances mailed:
Deposit (to hold place in class):
for residents and non-residents
case-by-case basis if a candidate has extenuating
circumstances beyond his or her control.
The admission procedure
is comprised of an initial screening of applicants, review of the application
portfolios, and interviews of selected applicants.
60%: Academics: cumulative GPA, required
science GPA, last 45 semester hour GPA, GRE aptitude
40%: 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.
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
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
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 Pre-Veterinary
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
Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) scores must be received by November 1, 2014. It is advised that the test
be taken by the first week of October.
Letters of recommendation:
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:
Clinical veterinary experience (private practice)
Animal experience in addition to time spent working with a
Biomedical/research experience (such as working with
veterinarians or other biomedically trained individuals in health care,
government, research laboratories, industrial, or corporate settings.)
Extramural activities, achievements, honors
Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required?
Is this an International
Estimated Tuition Resident:
$21,796 per year
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be received by
November 1, 2014. It is advised that the test be taken by the first week of
Accepts International Students?
Page Updated: 05/05/14