Iowa State University

Office of Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
2270 Veterinary Medicine Iowa State University P.O. Box 3020
Ames IA 50010-3020 Telephone: (515) 294-5337
Toll free outside Iowa: (800) 262-3810


The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine is located in the heart of one of the world’s most intensive livestock-producing areas, which provides diverse food-animal clinical and diagnostic cases. A nearby metropolitan area and a regionally recognized referral veterinary hospital provide experience in companion-animal medicine and surgery. A strong basic science education during the first two years prepares veterinary students for a wide range of clinical experiences during the last two years. The College of Veterinary Medicine provides education in a wide variety of animal species and disciplines and allows fourth-year students to spend time with private practitioners, other colleges, research facilities, and in other educational experiences. Opportunities for research exist in the outstanding research programs in neurobiology, immunobiology, infectious diseases, and numerous other areas. The nearby National Animal Disease Center and the National Veterinary Services Laboratories provide additional research opportunities. The world’s premier State Diagnostic Laboratory is part of the college and provides students with experience that is unmatched by any other veterinary college in the world. Graduates are highly sought after and can typically choose among multiple job offers. Career development and placement opportunities are also provided.


The most current application information (availability, deadlines, fees, VMCAS participation), may be found at: /admissions

Supplemental Application: A supplemental application is required. The supplemental becomes available in early May and the link can be found at:

Residency implications: priority is given to Iowa residents for approximately 60 positions. Iowa contracts on a year-to-year basis with North Dakota, South Dakota and Connecticut. Iowa also has a formal educational alliance with Nebraska. Remaining positions are available for residents of noncontract states or international students.


Application deadline: Friday , September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

Date acceptances mailed: approximately December 20

School begins: late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00

Deferments: considered on a case-by-case basis


The admission procedure consists of a review of each candidate’s application and qualifications:

   1. Academic factors include grades, test scores, and courseload.

   2. Nonacademic factors include essays, experience, recommendations, and leadership and personal development activities.

   3. Interviews are conducted.


Required undergraduate GPA: the minimum GPA required is 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. The most recent entering class had a mean GPA of 3.55.

AP credit policy: must be documented by original scores submitted to the university, and must meet the university’s minimum requirement in the appropriate subject area. CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) credits accepted only for the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Course completion deadline: It is preferred that prerequisite science courses be completed by the end of the fall term the year the applicant applies, and these must be completed with a C (2.0) or better to fulfill the requirement. However, up to 2 prerequisite science courses may be taken the spring term prior to matriculation. All other prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation with a C (2.0) or better. Pending courses may not be completed the summer prior to matriculation. Pass-not pass grades are not acceptable.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description
Number of Hours/Credits
  General chemistry (1 year series w/lab)   7
  Organic chemistry (1 year series w/lab)   7
  Biochemistry   3
  Biology (1 year series w/labs)   8
  Genetics (Upper level Mendelian and molecular)   3
  Mammalian anatomy and/or physiology   3
  Oral communication (interpersonal, group or public speaking)   3
  English composition   6
  Social Science/Humanities   8
  Physics (Physics 1 - first semester of a 2 semester series w/mechanics)   4
  Electives   8


Estimated Tuition Resident: $22,176

Estimated Tuition Contract: Varies by contract

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $49,066


Resident (approximate): 60

Contract: 41

Non-Resident (approximate): 48


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is required. Either the new Revised GRE or the previous GRE will be accepted, but the scores must either go directly from GRE to VMCAS or to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (code 6315). For the most current GRE submission information, please see the VMCAS instructions.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes

Last Updated 3/21/2017 srb
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