DVM Program Admission Requirements
DVM Admissions Overview
Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Admission to the DVM program is open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada. The college also welcomes
applications from international applicants. However, please be advised that strong preference is given to those applicants who have
completed their pre-veterinary course requirements at an accredited institution located in the United States or Canada.
The competitive applicant at our college in recent years has had:
- An average cumulative GPA of 3.5
- A competitive GRE general aptitude score
- A wide variety of experience with both large and small animals
- Experience working for a veterinarian for 400-600 hours
- Experience working in a research laboratory or in commercial or industrial settings related to
The residency of incoming students per class is:
- 50 Virginia residents
- 30 Maryland residents
- 40 at-large applicants
The information below is provided to assist prospective program applicants with preparing a competitive
Steps to Apply
All applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the DVM program.
- VMCAS application
- Opens early June 2013
- Official transcripts due to VMCAS
by September 1, 2013
- Final deadline for all application materials is October 2, 2013
- Three personal evaluations submitted to VMCAS electronically.
more about the electronic evaluation (eLOR).
- VA-MD Vet Med non-refundable supplemental application - deadline is October 2, 2013
Please review the sequence of steps required to access the supplemental application.
- Go to the supplemental application
account creation page. Submit your VMCAS ID number and the email address used on your VMCAS application.
- Enter payment information for the non-refundable $50 processing fee. Please note: the processing fee must be paid
with a credit card online. Payments via email, fax or phone cannot be accepted.
- Two emails are sent to the email address provided. First, a receipt notification for the supplemental application
fee payment. Second, a Virginia Tech guest account invitation.
- Follow the instructions in the email invitation for creating an account and completing the
supplemental application. Please check your spam filters to ensure that you receive the guest account
- The online application form must be completed in one sitting. You will not be able to save your online application
to complete it at a later time.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- The scores must be received in the DVM Admissions Office by November 1, 2013.
- The reporting code for Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is 5946.
- For Virginia and Maryland residents, residency forms must be completed for applicants who designated their legal
state of residence as Virginia or Maryland on the VMCAS application.
Instead of mailing the form, please upload your completed Virginia or Maryland residency form at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4GXwtjZEN2huQxD.
- The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission provides up to 6 tuition assistance awards to
qualifying residents from West Virginia. Residency forms must be completed for applicants who designated their legal state of
residence as West Virginia on the VMCAS application.
- For students currently enrolled in graduate school, a letter is requested from the applicant's advisor and
department head stating that if accepted into veterinary college, the applicant will have made satisfactory
arrangements for completion or release from the graduate program. Please send letters directly to the College of
Veterinary Medicine's DVM Admissions Office - not VMCAS.
- Review the Important Dates, Deadlines & Links
(PDF) for Fall admission.
Prerequisite Course Requirements & Suggested Electives
Correspondence studies and pass/fail courses will NOT be considered as satisfying required course work.
Subject Area / Semester Hours
General Biology / 8
A two-semester sequence with laboratories is required. One course in botany may be used to
satisfy the requirements for general biology. However, higher-level science courses may be considered by
the admissions committee to fulfill this requirement.
Organic Chemistry / 8
After completion of General or Introductory Chemistry, a two-semester sequence in Organic
Chemistry with laboratories is required.
Physics / 8
The requirement in this area is for a two-semester sequence with laboratories in General
or Introductory Physics. Calculus-based physics is not required.
Biochemistry / 3
A one-semester introductory course in biochemistry without a lab will meet the minimum
requirement. Topics should include metabolism and chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins,
lipids and nucleic acids. Courses in biochemistry providing broader coverage would be
helpful to an applicant.
English / 6
Three credit hours of the English requirement must be specifically English composition or
technical writing-no AP credit will be accepted for this prerequisite. Public speaking or
communication courses do not satisfy the English requirement.
Math / 6
The math requirement can be met by courses in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus or Statistics.
Computer science courses are not acceptable.
Humanities/Social Sciences / 6
Courses to meet this requirement may include, but are not restricted to: art, philosophy,
history, economics, psychology, or sociology.
Suggested Elective Courses
- Cell Biology
- Comparative Anatomy
Academic Requirements & Guidelines
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.3 for the last 45 semester hours providing
courses taken during this period are junior or senior level. A competitive GPA is 3.5.
- Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter hours at an accredited college or
university by the end of the spring term of the calendar year for which matriculation is sought.
- All required course work must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year in which
matriculation is sought.
- There is no option to complete prerequisite courses during summer term of the year
- If an applicant fails to register or withdraws from a prerequisite course projected for spring term
completion, their application will be removed from consideration and any offer of interview or admission
will be null and void.
- Students must earn a "C-" or better in all required courses.
- Required courses in which a "D" or "F" was earned must be repeated. Both the original and repeat
grades will be included in grade point calculations.
- The college does not require any specific undergraduate major; however, it is strongly recommended that
applicants enroll in a degree program of their choice to prepare for alternate career goals.
- Students majoring in liberal arts or other non-science disciplines are advised that they may find less difficulty
in dealing with the veterinary curriculum if they do not limit their science studies to the minimum course
- A seven year policy will be allowed as follows:
- Where required science courses have been taken by an applicant seven or more years prior to the
application deadline, they MAY be repeated, or courses of a higher level
substituted, with the written approval of the Admissions and Standards Committee.
- The approved repeated or substituted courses
will be used in the calculation of the Required Science Course GPA. ALL
courses taken will be used in the calculation of the Cumulative GPA.
- Advanced placement/credit by examination guidelines:
- Advanced placement credit for one semester/quarter of English will be accepted if the additional
required hours are composition or technical writing courses and are taken at a college or university.
- Advanced placement credit or credit by examination for other pre-veterinary course requirements
will be accepted. However, advanced placement credits will not be calculated in grade point averages,
and no grade will be assigned. No course substitutions will be allowed for AP credit or credit by
- AP credit must appear on the college transcript.
Admission Process & Selection Of Students
The selection of students is a three-stage process, which is usually completed by mid-February.
Stage One - Screening
- Verify receipt of all required documents:
- VMCAS application
- References (eLORs)
- Supplemental application
- Transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended
- GRE scores
- Residency forms (if VA or MD resident)
- Verify minimum requirement for admission has been met:
- 2.8 overall grade point average
- Or, in lieu of that, a 3.3 in the last 45 hour GPA
Stage Two - Application Evaluation
- Analysis and evaluation of the applicant's academic record and GRE score. The college calculates
three separate GPA's for each applicant:
- Cumulative GPA: Grades earned in all college course work attempted, including
repeated courses and graduate work, are considered in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
"Freshman rule" or other forgiveness policies on low grades are not accepted or used
by this college.
- Required science course GPA: Includes the prerequisite science courses listed above.
The first courses taken which meet this requirement will be used in grade point average calculations.
- 45 semester hours GPA: Includes the last 45 semester hours (67 quarter hours) course work.
Note that 3 quarter hours converts to 2 semester hours. In the case of the applicant with less
than this number of hours at the time of application, the cumulative GPA will be used.
- Evaluation of non-academic portions of the application.
- Animal, veterinary, and biomedical experience
- Personal statement
- Activities, achievements, and awards
- Approximately 70% of the review will focus on academics, approximately 30% will focus on non-academic areas
of the application.
Stage Three - Interviews
- The interviews are conducted in the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format, which was adopted by
the college in January 2010.
- Admission offers are based on interview results.
The MMI interview format enables the assessment of non-cognitive attributes such as communication skills,
ethical and moral reasoning, problem-solving abilities, and team work. These skills are important for success
not only during the professional program, but in post-graduation professional life as well. Candidates participate
in 8 six-minute scenarios in which there are no right or wrong answers, but can be very thought provoking.
Acceptance, Non-Acceptance, and Deferred Enrollment
- Applicants offered admission must respond with a signed letter and a non-refundable deposit accepting
the offer by April 15, or the offer is withdrawn.
- Applicants on the alternate list are notified as positions become available.
- Applicants who are not accepted may make an appointment with the DVM Admissions Coordinator
for individual counseling beginning in MAY.
- Applicants who plan to reapply must submit a complete set of documents to VMCAS, including
transcripts, GRE reports, personal evaluations, etc., for each reapplication.
- The college will consider deferment requests on a case by case basis if a candidate has extenuating
circumstances beyond their control. A written request for deferment must be received by the Office of DVM
Program Admissions at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester of accepted enrollment.
Requests for deferment made after this time period will not be granted.
Obtaining a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree does not automatically entitle one to the right
to practice the profession. Entrance into private clinical practice requires the successful completion
of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination
(NAVLE). These examinations are usually
written during the final year of veterinary college. DVM graduates who wish to obtain a license for
private clinical practice must also write and pass the state board examination for the state(s) in which
they are seeking to practice.
Learn more about the college's AVMA Council on Education (COE) status
and NAVLE pass rates.
The VA-MD Vet Med Admissions Committee will consider transfer requests on an individual basis subject to availability of space,
the reason for requesting transfer, the academic qualifications of the applicant, and what the applicant would bring to the
professional program in terms of educational, cultural, ethnic, and geographical diversity. Only students who are in good
academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and who are requesting a transfer from an AVMA-accredited veterinary
professional program will be considered.
Learn more about the college's transfer policy.