Pre-Professional Health Programs

Applying to Veterinary School

Applying to veterinary school is done through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Be sure to thoroughly review the information listed on their website  prior to starting the application process.  The application cycle is open from late May/early June through October.

There is only one vet school in Ohio.  Refer to Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for specific information about Ohio State University’s admission requirements.

Here is a sample of what a vet school might require of an applicant:

  • 80 documented hours veterinary and animal experience
  • Community involvement and extracurricular activities
  • Leadership ability, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • GPA requirement

Veterinary school admissions are competitive and a strong GPA certainly gives you an edge.  GPA requirements are not equal among schools, but one above 3.50, especially in the natural sciences, is highly desired.  GPAs do not signify intelligence, but are a long-term indicator of your performance as a student. Having a strong GPA demonstrates motivation, discipline and commitment to academic excellenceThat being said, veterinary schools also want well-rounded students, so they look at other aspects of your application too:

  • Academic undergraduate transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (some also require the biology subject test) or  Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.  Be sure to take advantage of all the test preparation resources.  Take a practice test, then analyze and work on your weak areas.

To learn more about applying to veterinary school, visit the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

Other helpful information about applying to professional school can be found in the Applying to Medical School section of the Pre-Medicine home page.

2010 Veterinary School Applicant Data