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Western University of Health Sciences

Updated... 04/16/2013

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:
Link to Application:

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.
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.
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 & 4th years of the curriculum students are trained primarily off-campus at state of the art facilities.

The first two years of the four-year curriculum provide education in basic and clinical veterinary science using a small-group, problem-based learning format, a Veterinary Issues seminar course, a Molecular Biology seminar course, and a Clinical Skills Course. These courses rely on learning environments such as the on-campus Multi-disciplinary laboratory, Thing Lab, and Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center, and the off-campus Companion Animal Wellness clinic, Large animal wellness, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, and off-campus ambulatory programs. Years three and four are comprised of clinical rotations at participating veterinary practices and biomedical learning environments.

Phase I (Years 1 & 2): Basic and clinical veterinary science education using problem-based learning modules, a veterinary issues seminar series, a molecular biology seminar series, and an experiential clinical skills course.
Phase II (Year 3): Required rotations in thirteen different areas of veterinary medicine in regional veterinary practices or institutions including some rotations conducted on campus.
Phase III (Year 4): Selective rotations in regional, national or international specialty practices, veterinary teaching hospitals, or public/private institutions to be determined by students’ career goals.
Application Information
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.
Prerequisites for Admissions
Course requirements:

Semester Units Quarter Units
Organic chemistry (including laboratory) 3 4
Biochemistry or Physiological Chemistry2,3 3 4
Biological & Life Sciences3,4,5
(must be upper-division Biological &
Life Sciences and include one
upper-division laboratory course)*
9 12
Microbiology3,5 3 4
Physiology3,5 3 4
Genetics or Molecular Biology3,5 3 4
General physics (including laboratory) 6 8
Statistics2 3 4
English composition 6 8
Humanities/social sciences 9 12

* Ex: biology, physiology, anatomy, cell biology, embryology, zoology
1,2,3,4,5: See Course completion deadline below for details.

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.
Course completion deadline: (1) 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. 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. (2) Must be a course designed or specified for science majors. (3) These required courses must have been completed no more than 8 years prior to the date of matriculation at WesternU-CVM. Classes taken after August 1, 2006, will be considered within the 8-year time limit and may be applied toward the prerequisites for the class entering Fall 2014. (4) While not specifically required, courses in anatomy, nutrition and embryology are strongly encouraged. (5) All except two of these courses must be completed by the end of the Fall term immediately prior to the planned year of matriculation at WesternU-CVM.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required. Test scores must be postmarked by the October 15, 2013, supplemental application deadline. Test scores older than five years prior to the planned year of matriculation are not acceptable.
Additional requirements and considerations:
Animal experience: must total at least 500 hours of hands-on experience that goes beyond observation. Appropriate venues include but are not limited to: animal medical environment/veterinary practice; commercial animal production; regulatory animal control; animal entertainment or research environment.
Recommendations/evaluations: 3 are required from among the following: previous employers, supervisors of extended volunteer activities, academic personnel.
Summary of Admissions Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Supplemental application deadline: electronically submitted with the prerequisite worksheet on or before October 15, 2013 at 11:59 PDT
Date interviews are held: November - January
Date acceptances mailed: February
School begins: August
Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.
Deferments: request for deferments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation criteria:
Academic achievement
Standardized test performance
Animal experience
Letters of reference
Other supporting material
2012–2013 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 294 49
Nonresident 454 54
Total 748 103
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $47,055.00
Nonresident $47,055.00
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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