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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

Washington-Idaho-Utah (WIU) Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine is located in Pullman in southeastern Washington. The 60,000 people who live in the communities of Pullman, WA, and Moscow, ID, live and study here because the area has much to offer those who seek a lifestyle that combines a beautiful country setting with the benefits of two major universities (University of Idaho is just a few miles away in Moscow, ID). Plus, WSU is a member of the PAC-12 athletic conference so exciting sporting events are never short on supply. With a true four season climate, beautiful rivers, and nearby mountains, there are excellent recreational activities available ranging from hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, to fishing, camping and whitewater rafting.
The College of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1899 and is one of the oldest colleges of veterinary medicine in the country. Seven major buildings house the Departments of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Comparative Anatomy Pharmacology and Physiology, and Microbiology and Pathology, along with the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the School for Molecular Biosciences, and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. The faculty and staff of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are considered leaders in the field of veterinary diagnostic imaging. The well regarded oncology unit offers an active clinical service delivering medical and radiation oncology to a wide variety of companion animals. The hospital attracts a large and diverse caseload for the DVM educational program. The veterinary teaching program also allows for students to take advantage of numerous off-campus clinical opportunities in all areas of veterinary medicine.
The college is a leader in the development of programs to promote and enhance emotional intelligence, leadership and communication skills. The School for Global Animal Health, the first of its kind in North America, is serving as the centerpiece of the college’s expanded research on animal diseases that directly impact human health. For those DVM students interested in gaining research experience, numerous opportunities exist, including the competitive Research Scholars Program, which is designed to encourage the exploration of research careers in veterinary medicine.
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU CVM) has long been partners with the state of Idaho and the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE) program.
A new educational partnership with Utah State University was established in March of 2011. Starting this current application cycle, students selected into the Utah track within the WIU program will spend their first two years in Logan, Utah where much of the curriculum will be taught by the faculty of USU’s Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS), paralleling the curriculum taught in Pullman. USU boasts internationally recognized faculty members, cutting edge technology, and excellent animal and research facilities. Parts of the first two years will be taught by Pullman-based faculty, and the final two years are completed at the WSU CVM in Pullman, WA.
The regional program allows students the unique educational opportunity to experience world class education from two distinguished universities. The Utah track will accept 20 Utah resident applicants and up to 10 non-resident applicants per year.
Application Information
For the most current application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Residency implications: In general, first preference is given to qualified applicants who are residents of Washington, Idaho and Utah, as well as qualified applicants certified by WICHE contract states. Second preference is given to qualified applicants from non-service area states and non-certified or non-sponsored applicants from WICHE states.
At the Pullman site there are up to (60) available seats for Washington residents, (11) Idaho residents, and up to (25) non-residents.
At the Logan site there will be (20) Utah residents and 10 non-residents.
There are two programs at Washington State University by which highly motivated and uniquely qualified individuals may gain early acceptance (preadmission) and early entry (admission) into the professional veterinary medical program. In cooperation with the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, the University Honors College offers the Pre-Admitted Veterinary Medicine Program and the Department of Animal Sciences offers the Combined Program in Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine. These programs are available only to WSU undergraduate students.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
Biology (with lab)   8
Inorganic Chemistry (with lab)   8
Organic Chemistry (with lab)   4
Physics (with lab)   4
Math (precalculus or higher)   3
Genetics   4
Biochemistry   3
Statistical Methods   3
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences/History* 21
English Composition/Communication*   6
Total 64
*These requirements will be waived if a student has a bachelor’s degree.
Required undergraduate GPA: none; 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 1, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to take the exam by August 1, 2013.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal/veterinary/research/work experience
Letters of Recommendation (LOR) (An academic and veterinary LOR are both required)
Extracurricular and/or community service activities
Personal Statement
Supplemental Application
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time; WSU Supplemental - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by 5pm PST (The supplemental application can be accessed at )
Date interviews are held: January–February
Date acceptances mailed: January–April
School begins: late August
Deposit (to hold place in class): None required.
Deferments: Considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation criteria
Applicants will be 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/work experience, honors & awards, community service, extracurricular activities, essay, letters of recommendation; other factors include maturity, integrity, compassion, communication skills, and desire to contribute to society. An interview is required for Washington and Idaho residents, as well as for out-of-area, non-resident applicants. WICHE applicants are ranked for WICHE funding using the same criteria above minus the interview.
2012 Admissions Summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Washington    151   50
WICHE†    182   30
Nonresident    633   13
Total 1,052 126
† For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces.
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year

Tuition and fees - WSU Pullman, WA  Site
Resident (WA, ID, and WICHE supported) $21,830

Tuition and fees - WSU Logan, UT Site
Resident                                                                $22,378
Nonresident with scholarship $45,422
Nonresident without scholarship  

Page Updated: March/20/2013
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