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University of Wisconsin

Office of Academic Affairs
School of Veterinary Medicine
2015 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison WI 53706-1102
Telephone: (608) 263-2525


The University of Wisconsin is located in Madison, the state capital, which has a population of about 230,000. Consistently ranked among the nation’s “most livable” cities, its hilly terrain, scattered parks, and woodlands saturate the urban setting with a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Centered on a narrow isthmus among 4 scenic lakes, the city is a recreational paradise. The university sprawls over 900 acres along Lake Mendota and its student population is nearly 45,000. It has rated among the top 10 universities academically since 1910 and is third in the country in vol­ume of research activity.

The School of Veterinary Medicine facility has a modern veterinary medical teaching hospital, modern equipment, and high-quality lab space for teaching and re­search. The curriculum pro­vides a broad education in veterinary medicine with learning experiences in food animal medicine and other specialty areas. The school pioneered a unique senior rotation in ambulatory ser­vice for fourth-year students where they experience the life and work of a veterinarian specializing in large-animal medicine by completing a rotation in one of 22 practices near Madison. The school has an outstanding research program and many faculty members have joint appointments with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the Regional Primate Center, the McArdle Cancer Re­search Institute, the National Wildlife Health Labo­ratory, and the North Central Dairy Forage Center. These outside links provide learning, research, and em­ployment opportunities for students.


To apply for admission, all applicants must complete three (3) online applications: 

  1. VMCAS, due October 2, 2014 (1:00 PM, EDT); 
  2. Wisconsin’s Required Data Form, due October 2, 2014 (1:00 PM, CDT) and located at our website: prospective-students/; and 
  3. Wisconsin’s Supplemental Application. All applicants will be notified by e-mail in November 2014 to complete our electronic supplemental application and to announce its deadline. Interviews are not required as part of the application process.


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

Residency implications: between 60 and 70 Wisconsin residents will be accepted. Wisconsin has no contrac­tual agreements, but may accept 17-27 nonresidents. Applicants who can claim legal residency or domicile in more than one state should contact the school.


Course Description

Number of Hours/Credits

Biology or Zoology


Genetics or Animal Breeding


General Chemistry


Organic Chemistry




General Physics




English Composition or Journalism


Social Science or Humanities


Anatomy (Recommended)


Microbiology (Recommended)


Physiology (Recommended)


Cell/Molecular Biology (Recommended)




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

Interviews: none

Date acceptances mailed: late-February

School begins: late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): none required.

Deferments: are considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee and may be granted for exten­uating circumstances.


There is a 2-part admission procedure. For the fall 2013 application year, the class was selected based upon the following comparative evaluation:

1. Evaluation of academic record

Undergraduate cumulative GPA

Required course GPA

Most recent 30 semester credit GPA

GRE test scores

2. Evaluation of personal experience and characteristics

Animal and veterinary work experience

Other preparatory experience (includes extracur­ricular activities)

Personal history/academic performance (summary category to include review of academic history, aca­demic achievements, diversity of background, etc.)

Letters of recommendation


Required undergraduate GPA: A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be earned in all required courses, including courses completed after application. The mean under­graduate cumulative GPA for the class of 2017 was 3.65 for residents and 3.70 for nonresidents.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? No


Tuition rates are published each year in July; please see our website for details.

2013-2014 Estimated Tuition Resident: $19,055.04

Estimated Tuition Contract: N/A

2013-2014 Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $25,899.36


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Exami­nation (GRE), general test, is required. All applicants are required to take or retake the GRE, including the writing assessment. The GRE may be taken no later than October 1, 2014.

A test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores may be submitted) is re­quired for applicants for whom English is a second lan­guage and have not completed an undergraduate degree at an English-speaking college or university. The mini­mum scores accepted are as follows: internet TOEFL = 100, computer TOEFL = 250, paper TOEFL = 600, MELAB - 84, IELTS = 7. This must be taken no later than October 1, 2014. Please see website for additional information.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? Yes

Application Deadline: 10/02/2014

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