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

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Iowa State University is located in Ames which has a population of 66,000 and is approximately 30 miles north of Des Moines. The College of Veterinary Medicine is located southeast of main campus. The veterinary medicine campus houses the state’s only fully accredited Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center with its state-of-the-art Small and Large Animal Hospitals, Wildlife Care Clinic, the nation’s only dedicated Swine Medicine Education Center, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa Center for Neurotoxicity, and the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics. Central to our mission is the hands-on education and training provided to our students, from day one of the professional program. Iowa State’s veterinary program is designed with your career at the center, providing students with the flexibility to add experiences throughout the four years.


Health & Wellness - The CVM is dedicated to a community that supports health and wellness. The College has two-half time clinical therapists on site that are available to students for individual and group counseling and educational seminars for faculty and staff. The CVM has a 24/7 on site fitness room containing free weights, treadmills and other fitness equipment. The College houses Biofeedback equipment and a relaxation room. Recreational Stress Relief and Revolution Wellness, groups under the SAVMA umbrella, provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in activities ranging from hockey games to Zumba, Yoga, and offers in conjunction with the clinical therapist, educational opportunities addressing healthy lifestyles.

Diversity & Disadvantaged / Accommodations - The CVM is committed to enhancing diversity in the veterinary profession. There is a full time admissions recruiter on staff who does outreach and recruitment at venues with large populations of underrepresented groups. Because the Admissions Committee recognizes that a community is only as strong as the richness that accompanies diversity, it strives to admit qualified applicants who will bring that strength through their varied backgrounds, ethnicities and experiences. Accommodations for DVM students is coordinated through a partnership with Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services and the CVM liaison to that office. The CVM liaison is an advocate who assists students with navigating the process of meeting with faculty regarding their accommodations, to provide education/assistance to faculty and to reserve testing rooms.

·         Class Size

o   Resident #: 60

o   Non-Resident #: 60

o   Contract #: 36, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska

o   International Seats: Included in nonresident group

·         Applicant Pool (prior year)

o   Resident #: 138

o   Non-Resident #: 1,355

·         Contract #: 93, North Dakota – 16, South Dakota- 20, Nebraska - 57

·         International School: No

·         Accepts International Applicants: Yes

·         VMCAS Participant: Yes


·         Pre-Requisite Chart Update

o   Date pre-reqs must be completed, All but 2 required sciences completed in the fall semester of date of application.

o   Pre-requisite required grade, C (2.0) or better

·         VMCAS application: Yes

·         Supplemental application: Yes

o   Through VMCAS: Yes (partial)

o   External: Yes (partial)

·         Transcript Requirements

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

o   International Transcripts: Accepted

o   WES Report Required: Yes

·         Test Requirements

o   No GRE required

o   TOEFL Test Deadline: September 17

·         Experiences

o   Minimum hours requirements – 200 hours animal, veterinary and/or research

·         Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

o   Minimum number required: 3

o   Veterinarian Required: No

·         Bachelor’s degree required: No

·         Academic Statement

o   Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5 (cumulative undergraduate GPA)

o   Required Grades, C (2.0) or better

o   Required minimum of last 45: N/A

o   Required minimum science GPA: Determined yearly

o   Required minimum GRE score: N/A

o   Other GPA requirements

·         Interview Required: No


·         Deadlines:

o   Application Open Date: May 9, 2019

o   Application Deadline Date: Monday, September 17, 2019 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time (11:00 pm Central Time)

o   Supplemental Open Date: May 9, 2019

o   Supplemental Deadline Date: September 17, 2019 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time (11:00 pm Central Time)

o   Transcripts Received Date: Due on VMCAS published date

o   eLOR Received Date: September 17, 2019

·         Interviews held: N/A

·         Offers released: approximately February 15

·         Orientation held: late August

·         Deposit required: Yes

o   If YES, amount: $500

·         Defers granted: Yes

·         Transfers accepted: Yes


Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

·         2.5-Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA required to apply

·         Academic Review-50%

o   Required science courses GPA

o   Last 45 credits GPA

·         Committee Review-50%

o   eLORS

o   Veterinary/Animal/Research Experience

o   Personal Essays

o   Employment history

o   Personal Development

o   Extracurricular and leadership activities

University of Nebraska Lincoln Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine

·         2.5-Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA required to apply

·         Academic Review-50%

o   Required science courses GPA

o   Last 45 credits GPA

·         Committee Review-25%

o   eLORS

o   Veterinary/Animal/Research Experience

o   Personal Essays

o   Employment history

o   Personal Development

o   Extracurricular and leadership activities

·         Interview-25%


·         Required science GPA: Mean 3.48

·         Last 45 credit GPA: 3.67

·         Number of applications: 1248

·         Number selected: 262

·         Number Accepted into class: 157

·         Number matriculated: 157


*For current year (2020 matriculation – not yet determined – These amounts are for 2018-19)
 Resident (in-State)

o   $23,288

o   $1,249

o   $37,872

·         Non-Resident (out-of-state)

o   $51,254

o   $1,249

o   $65,838


·         Special programs / entrance pathways statement: N/A

·         Combined Programs statement o The College of Veterinary Medicine offers DVM/MPH, DVM/MBA programs as well as DVM/MS and DVM/ PhD combined programs.

·         Other Academic Programs statement

o   The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a number of educational and internship opportunities for veterinary students including SMARI (Swine Medicine Applied Research Internship), DVIP (Dairy Veterinary Internship Program), SVIP (Swine Veterinary Internship Program) and the Summer Scholar Research Program.

·         Curriculum Statement

o   3 year discipline based pre-clinical curriculum employing a mixture of didactic and interactive lectures, in-class discussion (including team based learning and other flipped modalities), laboratories, and case based learning.

·         Clinicals begin: Clinical rotations begin in May of the fourth year.

·         HIGHLIGHTS

o   The Swine Medicine Education Center is dedicated to providing veterinary students and practicing veterinarians from across the United States and around the world with extensive hands-on experiences and education in swine health and production.

o   The Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC) provides education to veterinary students and practitioners through a cooperative agreement between Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Nebraska and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. The teaching program is primarily in food animal health and production management of beef cattle.

o   Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has a cooperative program with the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, which provides educational experiences for veterinary students, enabling them to work with all types of exotic animals. Students can take four-week elective rotations where they work with exotic animal and wildlife medicine. The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Blank Park Zoo share a veterinarian position, who oversees the clinical rotation at the zoo.

o   The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) was established with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2002 at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The CFSPH was designated as a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Centre for DayOne Veterinary Competencies and Continuing Education in 2016.

o   The One Health program embraces translational medicine in research, outreach, and learning. The College of Veterinary Medicine has been significantly engaged in the university wide research effort including ISU’s High Impact Hire Initiatives, which hired new college faculty researching infectious diseases; developing more animal models for human diseases; and using Big Data analysis. These areas support the future focus of the University healthy lives research theme that seeks to position ISU as one of the best universities in the world that provides transformative science-based solutions to pursuing a healthy lifestyle by recognizing the interdependencies of human, animal, and plant health.


Q: How do I know veterinary medicine is the right career for me?

A: In addition to a sincere concern for animals, an aptitude for science, and good people skills, applicants must have a realistic understanding of the veterinary profession. It is expected that the applicant will have exposure to the profession through experiences with practicing veterinarians and/or veterinary researchers. Exploring the profession through these experiences is the best way to learn and understand what is involved in the veterinary profession and whether veterinary medicine is the right career for you.

Q: What should I major in as an undergraduate?

A: There is no preference for any particular major. We encourage applicants to major in an area of their choice so they have a Plan B if they are not admitted to veterinary school.

Q: Do I have a better chance of admission if I attend Iowa State University for my undergraduate education?

A: Undergraduate coursework, including the required pre-veterinary courses, may be taken at any accredited institution. Preference is not given to applicants who have attended Iowa State University.

Q: How may I obtain Iowa residency?

A: The College of Veterinary Medicine does not determine residency. Residency is determined by the Iowa State University Registrar’s Office. For further information, please visit the residency webpage at

Q: How are repeated courses used in calculating the GPAs?

A: The most recent grade for a repeated course is used in calculating the GPA. The previous grade is no longer used.

Q: Will pursuing a graduate degree improve my GPA?

A: Didactic graduate coursework may be used in calculating the last 45 credit GPA. Seminar, internships, thesis, and research is not used.

Q: May I take required courses Pass/Fail?

A: All required courses must be taken for a grade. Any required course taken as Pass/Fail or similar systems will not fulfill the requirement.

Q: Can required courses be waived?

A: No pre-veterinary requirements will be waived. A course taken for a grade or AP credit is required. The exceptions to this are the English composition and oral communication requirements. If you will have a bachelor’s degree by the end of the Spring term prior to matriculation and have met your primary institution’s general education requirements for English composition and oral communication, 3 credits of the English composition and the oral communication requirement will be met. The primary institution must state that these competencies are goals of their general education curriculum.

Q: May I apply before I have completed all the required pre-veterinary coursework?

A: You may apply while still completing pre-veterinary coursework during the Fall and Spring terms prior to matriculation. You may take no more than two Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine required science courses during the Spring term prior to matriculation. All other required coursework must be completed by the end of the Spring term prior to matriculation. You may not take any required coursework the Summer term prior to matriculation.

Q: Will it be helpful to my application if I send more than three confidential letters of recommendation?

A: Up to six letters of recommendation will be accepted through VMCAS. Applicants are encouraged to ask for more than the three required letters of recommendation in case an evaluator is not able to provide the evaluation by the deadline.