University of Georgia 

Admissions Department
Office for Academic Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-7372
Telephone: (706) 542-5728

School Description | Program Description | Entrance Requirements | Admissions Process & Deadlines | Acceptance Data |
Tuition & Cost of Attendance | Education & Research | Top 10 FAQs | Additional Information | Prerequisites for Admissions


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. 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.


·         Class Size

o   Resident #: 80

o   Non-Resident #: 15

o   Contract # and where: 19, Delaware and South Carolina

·         International School: No

·         Accepts International Applicants: Yes

·         VMCAS Participant: Yes


·         Pre-Requisite Chart Update

o   Date pre-reqs must be completed: The end of the Spring semester prior to Fall matriculation

o   Pre-requisite required grade: C or better

o   VMCAS application: Yes

·         Supplemental application: Yes

o   Through VMCAS: No

o   External: Yes

·         Transcript Requirements

o   AP Policy: AP credits must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college level coursework.

·         International Transcripts

o   WES Report Required: Yes

·         Test Requirements

o   GRE Test Deadline: must be completed within the 5 years immediately preceding the deadline for receipt

o   TOEFL Test Deadline: Application Deadline

·         Experiences

o   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)

o   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

·         Academic Statement

o   Required minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 or a combined score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE of 308 or greater

·         Interview Required: No


Admissions Process Statement

·         Deadlines:

o   Application Open Date: May 9

o   Application Deadline Date: September 17

o   Supplemental Open Date September 17

o   Supplemental Deadline Date: September 17

o   Updated Fall Transcripts Received Date: February 3

o   eLOR Received Date September 17

o   GRE Scores Received Date September 17

·         Offers released: early–middle February

·         Orientation held: Early-August

·         Deposit required: Yes

o   If YES, amount: $500; $750 for non-resident, non-contract students.

·         Defers granted: Yes, on a case by case basis

·         Transfers accepted: Yes, based on seats becoming available


·         GRE Average 310 (V&Q); 4.0 (AW)

·         GPA Average 3.65

·         Number of applications 1136

·         Number Accepted into class 114

·         Number matriculated 114


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:


Special programs / entrance pathways statement

·         Combined Programs statement

o   DVM/PhD


o   For more information pertaining to combined programs, please visit:

·         Other Academic Programs statement

o   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 Environmental Sciences.

o   For further information on this program, please visit:

·         Curriculum Statement

o   For information pertaining to curriculum overview please visit:

·         Clinicals begin

o   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.

o   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.

·         Highlights

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 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 for more information.

International 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 visit for more information.


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 semester.

What undergraduate 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.

Are applicants 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 the GRE?

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.

Are there 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 Program

Online Courses

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).