The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is situated on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Blacksburg is located in southwest Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains and is a distinct community with a population of about 40,000. Its residents enjoy a wide range of educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities. In addition to the main campus in Blacksburg, there are two other campuses, the Equine Medical Center, located in Leesburg, Virginia, and the Gudelsky Center, which is located on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.
There are opportunities for students within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who have an interest in research, to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of veterinary sciences, as well as a Masters of Public Health program.
The DVM program enables students to enter clinical training at the end of their second year. After spending time in a clinical setting, students will begin tracking in areas of interest within advanced courses. Students will then re-enter the clinics to complete their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. Areas of tracking include: small animal, equine, mixed animal, food animal, and public/corporate. The college has established the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, which is a national resource for training veterinarians in a variety of careers outside of clinical practice.
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to our website at: http://www.becomeavet.vetmed.vt.edu
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.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Supplemental application deadline: September 15, 2016 (The supplemental application can be accessed at: www.becomeavet.vetmed.vt.edu/howto/steps_to_apply), and will open on June 1, 2016.
Date interviews are held: January 16 and 17, 2016
Date acceptances mailed: February 14, 2016
School begins: mid-August
Deposit (to hold place in class): $400 for residents and non-residents
Deferments: 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
Interviews: 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 admissions committee.
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 October 15, 2016. It is advised that the test be taken by the first week of October. For the most current GRE submission information, please see http://aavmc.org/gre2017.aspx.
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
Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no
Is this an International School? no
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
||Number of Hours/Credits
|General or Introductory Physics
|Math: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, or statistics
*3 semester hours must be English composition or a writing-intensive designated course
Estimated Tuition Resident: $23,094 per year
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $49,646 per year
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be received by October 15, 2016. It is advised that the test be taken by the end of September.
VMCAS Participation: full
Accepts International Students? yes
Application Deadline: 9/15/2016
Last Updated 3/22/2016 sam