University of Missouri

Office of Academic Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
W203 Veterinary Medicine Building
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia MO 65211
Telephone: (573) 884-3341
Website: cvm.missouri.edu/prospective.htm


The University of Missouri is located among rolling forested hills north of the famous Lake of the Ozarks. Columbia is noted for its high quality of life and low cost of living and is consistently rated among the best cities to live in by Money Magazine. The city abounds with walking trails, 3,000 acres of state park lands, federal forests, and wildlife refuges. Columbia is located between Kansas City and St. Louis-cities that have major-league sports teams and other big-city recreational amenities. Columbia itself offers SEC Conference football, basketball, baseball and other sports. It boasts a 71,168-seat stadium, several 18-hole golf courses, and other indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Our location near a metropolitan area provides a strong primary and referral small animal case load. Columbia’s proximity to rural central Missouri results in an exceptional food animal and equine case load.

MU, a major research university with 33,000 students, consists of 18 schools and colleges located on a 1,262-acre campus. The College of Veterinary Medicine is noted for its unique curriculum that gives students nearly 2 years of clinical experience before graduation as opposed to the traditional 1-1.5 years. Students benefit from exposure to specialty medical areas such as clinical cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and oncology. Students also gain experience with advanced equipment such as a linear accelerator for treatment of cancer, MRI, state-of-the-art ultrasonography, extensive endoscopy equipment, cold lasers, a surgery room C-arm for radiography during surgical procedures, and others. MU is unique in having a medical school, nursing school, school of health-related professions, state cancer research center, the life sciences center, and department of animal science on the same campus, thus enhancing teaching, research, and clinical services.


All applicants must apply through VMCAS and submit our Supplemental Application. For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: sixty seats are given to Missouri and sixty to non-residents. A total of 120 seats awarded each year. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required. Allows non-residents to gain residency after completing first year.


VMCAS Application Opens: Mid-May 2017

Transcripts due to VMCAS: August 1, 2017

VMCAS application and all letters of reference due: September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

Supplemental Missouri application due: September 16, 2017

Out-of-state interviews held: Early January. Must appear in person if invited.

Missouri interviews held: February-March

Decisions mailed: Mid-April

Orientation and school begins: Late August


Required undergraduate GPA: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or more on a 4.00 scale. The most recent entering class had a mean GPA of 3.77 at the time of acceptance.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcript and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description Number of Hours/Credits
English or Communication 6
College algebra or higher 3
Physics (complete sequence) 5
Biological Science - not AS courses
Humanities/Social Sciences 10
Biochemistry with organic pre-req 3
Electives 10

Estimated Tuition Resident: $25,120

Estimated Tuition Contract: pending

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $54,192


Resident: 60

Contract: pending

Non-Resident: 60


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, including the analytical writing portion, must be completed within the last 3 years. A score of 285 (verbal and quantitative added together) and a 1.5 on the analytical is required. (Test must be taken after December 31, 2014 and submitted to VMCAS by September 15, 2017).

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? no


Application Deadline: 9/15/2017

Last Updated 3/21/2017 srb

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