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Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

 
Admissions Coordinator
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Blacksburg VA 24061
Telephone: (540) 231-4699
Fax: (540) 231-9290
Email:
dvmadmit@vt.edu
http://www.becomeavet.vetmed.vt.edu/

 

SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

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.

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 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.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION

Course Description

Number of Hours/Credits

General Biology

8

Organic Chemistry

8

General or Introductory Physics

8

Biochemistry

3

Humanities/Social Sciences

6

Math: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, or statistics

6

English (3 semester hours must be English composition or

A writing-intensive designated course)

6

SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES

Timetable

Supplemental application deadline: October 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: TBD

Date acceptances mailed: early March

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.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The admission procedure is comprised of an initial screening of applicants, review of the application port­folios, and interviews of selected applicants.

Evaluation

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.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

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 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 occurs.

Standardized examinations: 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: 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

 

  Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? No

ESTIMATED TUITION

Estimated Tuition Resident: $21,796 per year

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $47,458 per year

AVAILABLE SEATS

Resident: 80

Contract: 6

Non-Resident: 34

TEST REQUIREMENTS

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.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? Yes

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Application Deadline: 10/2/2014


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