Who Gets In
The competitive applicant at our college in recent years has had:
- An average cumulative GPA of 3.5
- Experience working with animals
- Experience working with a veterinarian within any area of the profession, for 0-300 hours maximum
- Experience working within a biomedical research settting, including undergraduate or post-graduate research or private industry. Does not need to be animal focused.
Admission to the DVM program is open to all qualified candidates, including citizens and permanent residents of the United States and 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.
120 Students Accepted
- 50 Virginia Residents
- 30 Maryland Residents
- 40 At-large/Out-of-State
- Up to 6 of the 40 positions will be reserved for West Virginia residents.
Three Stages of Evaluation for Admission Selection:
Stage 1: Screening
- Verification that all required documentation has been received by the required deadlines, including, but not limited to: coursework, supplemental application, and transcripts.
- Verification that at least 60 semester or 90 quarter undergraduate credit hours have been successfully completed at the time of application
Stage 2: Pre-interview Evaluation
- 60% based on Academic Background:
- Cumulative GPA
- Required Science GPA
- Last 45-hour GPA
- 40% based on Non-Academic Background:
- Veterinary Experience
- Related Animal Experience
- Biomedical and/or Research Experience
- Holistic Review of Application Portfolio
Stage 3: Selection Stage, Interviews
The top candidates ranked according to the evaluation above will be invited to interview here on the Blacksburg campus.
- Interview format: Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs)
- A series of seven timed scenarios, which assess attributes such as communication skills, ethical and moral judgment, management of team and self, problem solving and critical thinking abilities, creativity, and resiliency
- Admission offers will be based on interview results
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must respond with a signed letter and a non-refundable deposit accepting the offer by April 15, or the offer is withdrawn.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.
- Applicants who plan to reapply must submit a complete set of documents to VMCAS, including transcripts, personal evaluations, etc., for each reapplication.
- The college will consider deferment requests on a case by case basis and only for extenuating circumstances. Examples of reasons for deferment would include personal and family illness/injury. Deferment will not be granted for completion of an undergraduate program or work-related responsibilities. A written request for deferment must be received by the Office of DVM 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.
We do not consider transfer students.