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


As the nation’s first public veterinary school, Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine takes pride in its heritage while shaping the future of veterinary professional practice, education, research and service. 

Fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to the enhancement of health and well-being of animals and human beings. In order for the college to carry out its mission, it focuses on students within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and various graduate programs in each of five academic departments – Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, and Veterinary Pathology. 

In addition to its five academic departments, the Veterinary Medicine complex houses the state’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital, Large Animal Hospital, Wildlife Care Center, Clinical Skills Laboratory, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa Center of Advanced Neurotoxicity, and Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics. The college is also home to the Swine Medicine Education Center, the nation’s only center dedicated to providing veterinary students and practitioners from around the world with training in swine health and production medicine. 

The college offers combined advanced degree programs for concurrent DVM students including the Masters of Business Administration with Iowa State’s College of Business and the Masters of Public Health with the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health.

On a daily basis, Iowa State addresses the health of all animals including livestock, poultry, companion animals, equine, captive and free-ranging wildlife, exotic animals, and birds. Researchers in the college have a global impact on not only animal health, but human health and food safety.


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

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 and South Dakota. Iowa also has a formal educational alliance with Nebraska. Remaining positions are available for residents of noncontract states or international students.


Application deadline: September 17, 2018 at 11:59PM Eastern Time

Date acceptances mailed: approximately February 15

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 not 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


2017-2018 Tuition Resident: $22,392

Estimated Tuition Contract: Varies by contract

2017-2018 Tuition Non-Resident: $49, 282


Resident (approximate): 60

Contract: 36

Non-Resident (approximate): 60


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