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Western University of Health Sciences

Office of Admission
College of Veterinary Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
309 East 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1854
Phone: (909) 623-6116 FAX: (909) 469-5570
Web site:
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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:

1.      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.

2.      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 animal.

3.      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 facilities.


For specific application information (availability, dead­lines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed previously.

Residency implications: applicants from all states as well as international applicants will be considered. In-state and out-of-state applicants are given equal consideration.


Course Description

Number of Hours/Credits

Organic Chemistry with Lab


Biochemistry or Physiological Chemistry


Upper-Division Biological and Life Sciences with Lab




Upper-Division Physiology

(Animal, Human, or Comparative Only)





General or College Physics with Labs


Statistics (General, Introductory, or Bio-)


English Composition


Humanities/Social Sciences





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

Supplemental application deadline: electronically submit­ted with the prerequisite worksheet received on or be­fore October 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT

Date interviews are held: November-December

Date acceptances mailed: January

School begins: August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500

Deferments: request for deferments will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only after deposit is received.


Academic achievement

Standardized test performance

Animal experience

Letters of reference


Other supporting material

Entrance Requirements

Required undergraduate GPA: Applicants 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: must 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 Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Estimated Tuition Resident: $49,595.00

Estimated Tuition Contract: $0

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $49,595.00


Resident: 47

Contract: 0

Non-Resident: 53


Standardized examinations: Graduate 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.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


All courses must be completed at a regionally accred­ited college or university in the United States. Excep­tions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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 services).

All required courses must be completed by the end of the spring term of planned matriculation year.

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.

Application Deadline: 10/2/2014

Page Updated: 05/05/14

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