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The University of Georgia is located in Athens-Clarke County,
with a population of over 100,000. Georgia’s Classic City is a prospering community
that reflects the charm of the Old South while growing in culture and industry
(www. visitathensga.com). Athens is just over an hour away from the north
Georgia mountains and the metropolitan area of Atlanta, and just over 5 hours
away from the Atlantic coast.
In 1785, Georgia became the first state to grant a charter
for a state-supported university. In 1801 the first students came to the newly
formed frontier town of Athens. The University of Georgia has grown into an
institution with 16 schools and colleges and more than 3,045 faculty members
and 37,606 students.
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine,
founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing
services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve
the health of animals as well as people. The college benefits pets and their
owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality
hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most
technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college
is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases
that affect both animal and human health.
Resident #: 80
Non-Resident #: 15
Contract # and where: 19, Delaware and South
International School: No
Accepts International Applicants: Yes
VMCAS Participant: Yes
Pre-Requisite Chart Update
Date pre-reqs must be completed: The end of the
Spring semester prior to Fall matriculation
Pre-requisite required grade: C or better
VMCAS application: Yes
Supplemental application: Yes
Through VMCAS: No
AP Policy: AP credits must appear on official
college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college level
WES Report Required: Yes
GRE Test Deadline: must be completed within the
5 years immediately preceding the deadline for receipt
TOEFL Test Deadline: Application Deadline
A minimum of 250 veterinary experience hours is
required for all applicants. The 250 hours must be completed at the time the
VMCAS application is submitted. To count toward veterinary experience, you must
be under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. If you are not under the supervision
of a veterinarian, the experience is considered animal experience.
Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)
Letters of Recommendation should be completed by
references who are familiar with you on a personal level. Letters should
include, but are not limited to, information pertaining to your abilities,
character, communication skills, intellectual curiosity, decision making, interpersonal
relations, leadership, and professional demeanor.
Minimum number required: 3
Veterinarian Required: Yes
Bachelor’s degree required: No
Required minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 or a
combined score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE of 308 or
Interview Required: No
Admissions Process Statement
Application Open Date: May 9
Application Deadline Date: September 17
Supplemental Open Date September 17
Supplemental Deadline Date: September 17
Updated Fall Transcripts Received Date: February
eLOR Received Date September 17
GRE Scores Received Date September 17
Offers released: early–middle February
Orientation held: Early-August
Deposit required: Yes
If YES, amount: $500; $750 for non-resident,
Defers granted: Yes, on a case by case basis
Transfers accepted: Yes, based on seats becoming
GRE Average 310 (V&Q); 4.0 (AW)
GPA Average 3.65
Number of applications 1136
Number Accepted into class 114
Number matriculated 114
TUITION / COST OF
Cost of tuition and
fees for the 2018-19 academic year
Resident (in-State) Tuition and fees: $19,448
Non-Resident (out-of-state) Tuition and fees: $48,528
For more information
pertaining to tuition/fees and cost of attendance, please visit: https://vet.uga.edu/academic-affairs/financing
EDUCATION / RESEARCH
Special programs / entrance pathways statement
Combined Programs statement
information pertaining to combined programs, please visit: https://vet.uga.edu/graduate/vmstp
Other Academic Programs statement
FAVIP: The “Food Animal Veterinary Incentive
Program” was created to recruit and train future food animal veterinarians for
under-served communities, central to the future of safe and successful food
animal production. This program is offered to incoming freshman attending
undergrad at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and
further information on this program, please visit: http://www.caes.uga.edu/students/undergraduate-programs/preprofessional-studies/pre-vet/favip.html
For information pertaining to curriculum
overview please visit: https://vet.uga.edu/academic-affairs/program-overview
The fourth year program allows veterinary
students some flexibility to concentrate their interests in specific areas. The
program begins immediately following the conclusion of Year 3 (approximately
early March) and continues for 14 months.
Each course in the fourth year is taught as a 2-
or 3-week block. Students take each course as a separate block. Students select
clinical rotations with guidance from faculty advisors. A student may
concentrate their attentions toward small or large animal rotations, or they
may pursue a general, mixed animal course of study.
Health & Wellness:
The Academic Affairs Wellness Program is committed to creating a healthy DVM
community through the development of wellness initiatives, education,
counseling, and curriculum. Please visit https://vet.uga.edu/%20academic-affairs/health-and-wellness
for more information.
Council for Inclusion,
Diversity and Awareness (CIDA): The Council for Inclusion, Diversity and
Awareness is a college-wide committee of faculty, staff, and students committed
to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone in the College of
Veterinary Medicine. Please visit https://vet.uga.edu/academic-affairs/diversity
for more information.
Certificate: The mission of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
International Certificate is to help students, faculty and administrators of
the College make meaningful contributions to the understanding of international
veterinary medicine and the inter-relatedness of animal health globally. Please
for more information.
TOP 10 FAQs
Is there a minimum
GPA or GRE requirement?
In order to be considered for admission, you must have a
cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater or a combined score on the
verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE of 308 or greater. Applicants must
meet one or the other of these two criteria to be considered, it is not
required to meet both. Overall GPA is calculated using ALL courses taken at the
undergraduate level (this includes all repeated courses).
If I retake a class,
how is GPA calculated?
We consider three different GPAs in our review process.
Retaken courses are factored in the following way: Overall GPA: All courses
(even those repeated) are considered in the Overall GPA calculation. Science
GPA: We consider all science prerequisite courses in the Science GPA. If a
student repeats any prerequisite, the higher grade for this course is
considered. Last 45hours GPA: Starting with the most recently completed
coursework (including graduate level) counting backwards to the nearest
major should I pursue?
An applicant can study any major as long as the prerequisite
requirements for our program are met. Typically accepted students major in the
life sciences including Biology, Biological Sciences, Animal Science, etc. as
these majors can better prepare students for the veterinary science coursework
in our program.
Where should I go for
my undergraduate degree?
You can attend any accredited institution including 4 year
universities and community colleges. However, the admissions committee does
take into consideration the rigor of an institution and chosen program of
study. If an applicant takes prerequisite coursework at multiple institutions,
they must send all transcripts to VMCAS to be included on their application.
Do you have to
complete all prerequisites before you can apply?
No. Prerequisite coursework may be in progress at the time
of application, but courses must be completed by the end of spring term with a
grade of C (2.00) or better prior to fall matriculation.
allowed to take some prerequisites at a community college or technical college?
Yes, as long as the community college or technical college
is accredited. Please understand that many community college and technical
programs do not offer the rigor expected for our upper level prerequisites. We
recommend that students taking courses communicate with our office to confirm
that we will accept coursework from these institutions.
Do you accept
Veterinary Technical Courses?
No. We do not accept veterinary technician courses to
fulfill prerequisite requirements.
Will UGA CVM accept
GRE scores that were sent to the undergraduate or graduate program at UGA?
No. We require all applicants to send their GRE directly to
the College of Veterinary Medicine code 5752.
When should I take
Generally speaking, the GRE should be taken during the Fall,
Spring, or Summer before the anticipated application cycle. Scores must be
received by the application deadline.
scholarships available at the UGA CVM?
The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of
Georgia provides many opportunities for
students to receive scholarships throughout their four years of veterinary
medical education. Each academic year, enrolled DVM students will be strongly
encouraged to complete the CVM scholarship application, which will allow them to
be considered for the bulk of the scholarship money available. Students MUST
complete this form to qualify for all of our CVM internal scholarships. Current
students will receive information on how to apply via email. The College has a
Scholarships and Awards Committee that determines the recipients of our various
scholarships based on the criteria set forth by the scholarship donor. Most of
our internal UGA-CVM scholarships are awarded in April at our annual Honors and
Awards Banquet. This gives students a chance to meet the donors who make these
scholarships possible and thank them for their support.
Combined DVM-graduate degree programs are available:
DVM-MPH Veterinarians in Public Health
DVM/PhD Veterinary Medical Scientist Training
As of April 4, 2016 we will accept Biochemistry and Advanced
Biology courses from an online program that is regionally accredited. We do,
however, still highly recommend that you complete these courses in the
traditional lecture style, if possible. We will not accept online courses for
any of our other science prerequisites (General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic
Chemistry, or Physics).