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. Our program accepts students from all of our contract states and seats are available for non-residents on both the WSU and USU campuses. 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, Washington, and Caldwell, Idaho, our primary care programs in partnership with the Seattle Humane Society and Idaho Humane Society, 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 biomedical sciences. USU’s School of Veterinary Medicine offers an 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 up to 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. Montana residents 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 42,000 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 complete all four years on the WSU Pullman campus. The joint program between WSU/USU seats up to 20 Utah residents and up to 10 non-residents to spend their first two years in Logan, Utah. Much of the curriculum is 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 up to 10 spots for Montana residents only as a part of the regional cooperative program. Students selected for this joint program spend their first year in Bozeman, Montana, where classes, which parallel those in Pullman, are taught by experienced health science educators. The final three years are completed at the WSU Pullman campus. There are up to 25 spots available for WICHE-sponsored and non-resident 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 Washington State University.
All applicants, regardless of residency, must complete the VMCAS application and WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application. Applicants must declare their state of residency on the VMCAS and WSU/WIMU 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-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 (details, availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to www.dvm.vetmed.wsu.edu 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 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 students.
At the Logan site there are up to 20 available seats for Utah residents and up to 10 for non-resident students.
At the Montana site there are up to 10 available seats for Montana residents.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES
VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time
WSU/WIMU Supplemental deadline: Thursday, September 22, 2016 by 5 PM Pacific (The supplemental application can be accessed at: www.dvm.vetmed.wsu.edu)
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 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.
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 September 15, 2016.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND CONSIDERATIONS
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
WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application
Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no
Is this an International School? no
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
|Biology (w/ lab)
|Inorganic chemistry (w/ lab)
|Organic chemistry (w/ lab)
|Physics (w/ lab)
|Math (algebra or higher)
*General education requirements will be waived if a student has a bachelor’s degree.
EXPENSES FOR THE 2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR
Tuition and fees - Pullman Site
Resident (WA, ID, and WICHE supported): $24,334
Tuition and fees - Bozeman Site
Tuition and fees - Logan Site
Non-resident with scholarship: $45,814
Non-resident without scholarship: $53,814
2015 ADMISSIONS SUMMARY
Number of Applicants / Entrants
Washington 153 / 56
Idaho 36 / 12
Montana 31 / 11
Utah 44 / 20
WICHE states 152 / 21
Nonresident 820 / 17
Total 1,236 / 137 (=96 Pullman / 30 Logan / 11 Bozeman)
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 September 15, 2016. For the most current GRE submission information, please see http://aavmc.org/gre2017.aspx.
VMCAS Participation: full
Accepts International Students? yes
VMCAS Application Deadline: 9/15/2016
WSU/WIMU Application Deadline: 9/22/2016
Last Updated 3/22/2016 sam