Western University of Health Sciences is an independent,
accredited, nonprofit university incorporated in the State of California,
dedicated to educating compassionate and competent health professionals who
value diversity and a humanistic approach to patient care. The university,
located in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California, about 30 miles east
of Los Angeles, grants post baccalaureate professional degrees in nine
colleges: the College of Podiatric Medicine, the College of Dental Medicine,
the College of Optometry, the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, the
College of Allied Health Professions, the College of Graduate Nursing, the College
of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, the College of Pharmacy, and the
College of Veterinary Medicine. The American Veterinary Medical Association
Council on Education granted the College of Veterinary Medicine full
accreditation status in 2010. Western U’s CVM admitted its charter class Fall
2003. The founding principles of the College of Veterinary Medicine include:
Commitment to student-centered, life-long learning. The
curriculum is designed to teach students to find and critically evaluate
information, to enhance student cooperative learning, and to provide an
environment for professional development.
Commitment to a Reverence for Life philosophy in teaching
veterinary medicine. The College strives to make the educational experience
one that enhances moral development of its students and is respectful to all
animals and people involved in its programs. Students only practice clinical
and surgical skills on live animals when it is medically necessary for that
Commitment to excellence of student education through strategic
partnerships in the public and private veterinary sectors.
This commitment seeks to maximize the learning experience in
veterinary clinical practice and to educate practice-ready veterinarians
capable of functioning independently upon graduation. In the 3rd and 4th years
of the curriculum students are trained primarily off-campus at state of the art
For specific application information (availability, deadlines,
fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed
from all states as well as international applicants will be considered.
In-state and out-of-state applicants are given equal consideration.
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
VMCAS application deadline:
October 2, 2014 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
electronically submitted with the
prerequisite worksheet received on or before October 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT
interviews are held:
Date acceptances mailed:
Deposit (to hold place in
for deferments will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only after
deposit is received.
Standardized test performance
Letters of reference
Other supporting material
Required undergraduate GPA:
must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (undergraduate and graduate) at the
time of application to be considered for admission. Prerequisite courses must
be completed with a grade of C (or its equivalent) or higher. GPA must be
maintained through matriculation into the program.
AP credit policy:
appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate
college-level coursework. AP test subject and number of credits must also be
specified on the transcript.
Is a Bachelor’s Degree
Is this an International
Estimated Tuition Resident:
Estimated Tuition Contract:
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
Record Examination (GRE), general test, or Medical College Admissions Test
(MCAT) is required. Test scores must be received by the Admissions Office on or
before October 2, 2014.
Accepts International Students?
All courses must be completed at a regionally accredited
college or university in the United States. Exceptions will be made on a
Coursework completed outside the U.S.
(including Canada) must be evaluated by a WesternU approved evaluation service
(please visit the requirements page of the website for a listing of approved
required courses must be completed by the end of the spring term of planned
Failure to satisfactorily
complete prerequisites with a grade of C or better will result in the loss of a
candidate’s seat in the class.
One course cannot be used to
satisfy more than one prerequisite.
While not specifically required, courses in anatomy, nutrition,
immunology, and embryology are strongly encouraged.
All except two of the science prerequisite courses must be
completed by the end of the Fall term immediately prior to the planned year of
matriculation at WesternU-CVM.
Page Updated: 05/05/14