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Washington State University

Office of Student Services
College of Veterinary Medicine
Washington State University
P. O. Box 647012
Pullman WA 99164-7012
Telephone: (509) 335-1532



The Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah (WIMU) re­gional program in veterinary medicine is a partnership between the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Idaho Department of Animal and Veterinary Science, Montana State Uni­versity, and Utah State University School of Veterinary Medicine. The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is also a partner with the Western Interstate Commis­sion of Higher Education (WICHE) program and wel­comes WICHE-sponsored students from Arizona, Ha­waii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

Washington State University

Washington State Univer­sity is in Pullman, a town in southeastern Washington. Located in the Palouse re­gion of the Inland North­west, Pullman offers the benefits of small-town living with the cultural richness of bigger city life. The 60,000 people who live in the communities of Pullman and neighboring town, Moscow, Idaho, enjoy a lifestyle that combines a beautiful country setting with the benefits of two major universities (University of Idaho is just a few miles away). WSU is also a member of the PAC- 12 athletic conference, offering exciting sporting events throughout the year. With a true four-season climate, beautiful rivers, nearby mountains and scenic mountain lakes, it’s easy to take advantage of a variety of excellent recreational activities including hiking, mountain bik­ing, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, camping and white­water rafting.

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1899 and is one of the longest established colleges of veterinary medicine in the country. Several major buildings house the Departments of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Integrative Physiology and Neuro­sciences, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, and the School of Molecular Biosciences. The college also includes the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the Wash­ington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.

Hands-on experience at WSU begins on day one with caseloads that provide extensive experience in all areas of interest including small animal, food animal, equine, and exotics. Because WSU clinicians have a wide-range of specialty areas, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital sees a large and diverse caseload. Students are encouraged to spend time in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital throughout all four years of study. The DVM program also allows for students to take advantage of numerous off-campus clinical opportunities in all areas of veterinary medicine. There are interactive case op­portunities at our satellite clinics in Spokane, WA and Caldwell, ID, and our affiliate preceptor clinics scat­tered throughout the northwest.

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is also a leader of innovative educational programs. Before students even take their first veterinary class, they begin their education with the Cougar Orientation and Leadership Experience (COLE), an on-site and off-site retreat designed to promote collaboration and team building. By the time students enter their sec­ond year, they have already studied ethics, service, and leadership in veterinary medicine. In their second and

third years, students take classes to learn skills in  clinical  communication, diagnostic reasoning and may elect to take courses on how to manage a veterinary practice as a part of the Veterinary Business  Management  Association Certificate Program. The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health builds on the college’s rich history of research on animal diseases that directly impact human health and offers DVM students the opportunity to earn a Professional  Certificate  in Global Animal Health. The program is co­ordinated through the Allen School in partnership with other departments and schools at WSU and the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health (School of Medicine and School of Public Health).

Utah State University

Utah State University is nationally and internationally recognized for its research in animal and  bio-medical  sciences. USU’s School of Veterinary Medicine offers an affordable, academically outstanding path to pursue a professional degree in veterinary medicine. Classes are taught by faculty from the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences and are held in state-of-the-art teaching facilities on the Logan, Utah campus. With dedicated faculty and only 30 students per class, students will experience a supportive environment for active learning. Students spend their first two years in Logan and then transfer to Pullman for their  remaining  two years.

Cache Valley is one of Utah’s hidden treasures, and Logan, with its population of just under 50,000 residents, sits at the heart of it. Cache Valley lies 83 miles north of Salt Lake City and is a land of dairy farms, small towns, and friendly people. The majestic mountains provide outstanding all-season outdoor rec­reation, and there are plenty of historical, musical, and art events, plus numerous dining, lodging, and shop­ping offerings.

Montana State University

Montana State University is a public university located in Bozeman, Montana. It is the state’s land grant uni­versity and primary campus in the Montana State Uni­versity System. MSU is ranked in the top tier of US research institutions by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Classes will be taught by faculty from several departments, including those individuals that already participate in the instruction of medical students in the human medical WWAMI program. The Montana residents will spend their first year in Bozeman and then transfer to Pullman for their remaining three years.

Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Val­ley, and is a safe and supportive community offering significant opportunity to combine a fantastic  educational  experience with the great outdoors. Bozeman has a population close to 40,000 residents, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. The area offers fantastic hiking and backpacking opportunities in the surround­ing mountain ranges, and the skiing and fishing is some of the best in the country. Yellowstone National Park is a short drive to the south, offering year round  recreational  activities.

WIMU and WICHE Program Details

Students applying as Washington residents are com­peting for up to 55 spots for Washington residents only. Students applying as Idaho residents are competing for up to 11 spots for Idaho residents only. Students ac­cepted from the Washington and Idaho pools will complete all four years on the WSU Pullman campus. The joint program between WSU/USU will seat up to 20 Utah residents and up to 10 non-resident, non-spon­sored students to spend their first two years in Logan, Utah. Much of the curriculum will be taught by the faculty of USU’s Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences, paralleling the curriculum taught in Pullman. The final two years are completed at the WSU Pullman campus. Students applying as Montana residents are competing for 10 spots for Montana resi­dents only as a part of the regional cooperative program. Students selected for this joint program will spend their first year in Bozeman, Montana, where classes—which parallel those in Pullman—are taught by experienced health science educators who have instructed medical students in the University of Washington’s WWAMI Medical Education Program. The final three years are completed at the WSU Pullman campus. There are up to 25 spots available for WICHE-sponsored and non-resident, non-sponsored students at the WSU Pullman Campus.

Upon satisfactory completion of our program, the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree is con­ferred by the Regents of Washington State Univer­sity. Although the University of Idaho, Montana State University, and Utah State University are partners in the program, all students receive their DVM degrees from WSU.


All applicants, regardless of residency, must complete the VMCAS application and WIMU/WSU Supple­mental Application. Applicants must declare their state of residency on the VMCAS and WIMU/WSU Supplemental Application. By identifying yourself as a Washington resident, Idaho resident, Montana resident, Utah resident, a resident of a WICHE state (Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Wyoming), or as a non-sponsored, non-resident, your application will be funneled through the appropriate application pool. It is highly recommended that applicants contact the appropriate state authority for information regarding residency requirements as early in the application process as possible.

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

Residency implications: In general, first prefer­ence is given to qualified applicants who are residents of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and qualified applicants sponsored by WICHE contract states. Sec­ond preference is given to qualified non-resident, non-sponsored applicants.

At the Pullman site there are up to 55 available seats for Washington residents, up to 11 for Idaho residents, and up to 25 for WICHE-sponsored and non-resident, non-sponsored students.

At the Logan site there are up to 20 available seats for Utah residents and up to 10 for non-resident, non-sponsored students.

At the Montana site there are up to 10 available seats for Montana residents.


Course requirements and semester hours


Biology (with lab)


Inorganic chemistry (with lab)


Organic chemistry (with lab)


Physics (with lab)


Math (algebra or higher)






Statistical methods


Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences/History*


English composition/Communication*


T o ta l


*General education requirements will be waived if a student has a bachelor’s degree.



VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:00 PM Eastern Time

WIMU/WSU Supplemental deadline: Thursday, Octo­ber 9, 2014 by 5 PM Pacific Time (The supplemental application can be accessed at:

Interview dates: November-February

Acceptance letters mailed: November-April

School begins: late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): none required

Deferments: considered on a case-by-case basis


Applicants are selected based upon ability to success­fully complete the program and demonstration of the qualities that make a successful veterinarian. Academic criteria include grades, quality and rigor of academic program and GRE test scores. Non-academic factors include animal, veterinary, research, and work ex­perience; honors and awards; community service and extracurricular activities; written essay; and letters of recommendation. Other factors include maturity, in­tegrity, compassion, communication skills, and desire to contribute to society. An interview is required for Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah residents, as well as for non-resident, non-sponsored applicants. WICHE applicants who are certified as residents of their contract state are ranked for participation in the WICHE program using the same criteria above minus the interview.



Number of New Applicants








WICHE States



(9 WICHE Sponsored)









(101 Pullman / 32 Logan)





Tuition and fees - Pullman Site

Resident (WA, ID, and WICHE supported): $22,352

Nonresident: $53,406

Tuition and fees - Bozeman Site

Resident: $23,345

Tuition - Logan Site

Resident: $21,830

Nonresident with scholarship: $44,884

Nonresident without scholarship: $52,884


Required undergraduate GPA: No minimum require­ment. A minimum overall GPA of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale is recommended.

AP credit policy: Must meet Washington State Univer­sity requirements.

Course completion deadline: Prerequisite courses must be completed before time of matriculation.

Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examina­tion (GRE) General Test is required. Test scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. Test scores are due by October 2, 2014.


Animal/veterinary/research/work experience

Letters of Recommendation. Both an academic and DVM letter are required. A minimum of three letters and a maximum of six letters will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Extracurricular and community service activities, hon­ors and awards

Personal Statement

WIMU/WSU Supplemental Application

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? No


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examina­tion (GRE) General Test is required. Test scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. Test scores are due by October 2, 2014.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? Yes


VMCAS Application Deadline: 10/2/2014

WIMU/WSU Application Deadline: 10/9/2014

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