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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 working 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 Agriculture, 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 research and job opportunities for students.
Application Information

To apply for admission, all applicants must complete three (3) online applications: 1) VMCAS, due October 2, 2013 (1pm, EDT); 2) Wisconsin’s Required Data Form, due October 2, 2013 (1pm, CDT) and located at our website:  ; and 3) Wisconsin’s Supplemental Application. All applicants will be notified by e-mail in November 2013 to complete our electronic supplemental application and to announce its deadline. Interviews are not required.

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.
Prerequisites for Admission
Applicants must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits of college coursework. The 60 credits include the required 40–43 credits of coursework listed below, plus a minimum of 17 credits of elective coursework left to the student’s discretion. The 17 elective credits allow the student to meet personal and academic goals and objectives while preparing for admission to veterinary school.
Course requirements and semester hours
General biology or zoology, introductory animal
biology course (with laboratory)
General and qualitative chemistry, 2-semester lecture
series (with laboratory)
Organic chemistry, 1-semester lecture satisfying
biochemistry prerequisite
Biochemistry (organic chemistry must be prerequisite) 3
English composition or journalism
Must include completion of:
• satisfactory score on a college English placement exam, or an introductory English composition course, plus completion of one of the following:
1) an English composition or journalism course graded on the basis of writing skills, or 2) evidence that writing skills were included in the grading of a specific college-level course. 
Genetics or animal breeding, must include principles  of heredity and preferably molecular mechanisms
General physics, 2-semester lecture series 6
Statistics, introductory course 3
Social sciences/humanities, any elective courses
in social science or the humanities
Required undergraduate GPA: A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be earned in all required courses, including courses completed after application. The mean cumulative GPA for the class of 2016 was 3.67 for residents and 3.78 for nonresidents.
AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.
Course completion deadline: all coursework must be completed no later than the spring 2014 term prior to admission to the fall 2014 term. Applicants can have no more than four outstanding required courses at the time of application, with no more than two of those four to be completed during the spring semester. Applicants are encouraged to prepare themselves for the DVM curriculum by taking additional upper-level science courses such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, or cell/molecular biology.
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, 2013. The admissions committee will use the concordance tables provided by ETS. GRE scores must be received by our office no later than October 25, 2013. The mean score for the class of 2016 for the verbal and quantitative portions combined was 1257 for residents and 1318 for nonresidents.
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 education 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, 2013. Please see Web site for additional information.
Additional requirements and considerations
Veterinary medical experience
Animal contact and work experience
Other preparatory experience
College degrees earned
Extracurricular activities
Recommendations/evaluations (3 required)
Diversity of background and experiences
Personal statement
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Interviews: none
Date acceptances mailed: mid-March
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.
Evaluation criteria
There is a 2-part admission procedure. For the fall 2012 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.)
Reference letters
2012–2013 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 191 60
Nonresident 770 20
Total 961 80
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $19,036.24
Nonresident $25,880.56
Dual-Degree Programs
Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available.
Page Updated: June 6, 2013
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