Kansas State University

Office of Student Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
101 Trotter Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-5601
Telephone: (785) 532-5660
Fax: (785) 532-5884
Email: admit@vet.k-state.edu
Website: www.vet.k-state.edu

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The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, located in Manhattan, KS is dedicated to scholarship through innovation and excellence in teaching, research, and service to promote animal and human health for the public good. We are committed to creating an environment that is fulfilling and rewarding, being recognized for professional communication, productive collaboration, mutual respect, diversity, integrity, honesty, and inclusivity. Established in 1905, K-State has one of the first veterinary medicine programs in the United States, and proudly claims over 7,000 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduates. We pride ourselves in a rich history of tradition, innovation, and a focus on the future.

Manhattan, KS is located in the center of Kansas, within the Animal Health Corridor. The region boasts 56% of the total worldwide animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales. The Corridor is home to more than 300 animal health companies, representing the largest concentration in the world. Students at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine attend a veterinary program anchored in this region allowing a vast variety of unique experiences and opportunities.


Health/wellness and diversity

o   Two full time Marriage and Family Therapists available to all students, faculty, staff and clientele. Unlimited visits and free of charge.

o   Yoga offered twice a week, 24/7 access to in-house gym.

o   Vet Med ROCKS (Recruitment and Outreach Club of Kansas State) offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships to campers attending summer camp and participate in veterinary labs and hands-on activities. This club also participates in outreach activities as they occur or are created.

o   This is How We “Role” program is provided to K-4 students through the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan.

                      Class Size

o   Resident 50

o   Non-Resident 62

o   Contract 5 with North Dakota

o   Contract International Seats 1

                      Applicant Pool (prior year)

·         Resident 111

·         Non-Resident 969

·         Contract 6 ND

                      International School: No

                      Accepts International Applicants: Yes

                      VMCAS Participant: Yes


                      Date pre-reqs: Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year in which admission is sought.

                      Prerequisite Science courses must be completed within 6 years of application.

                      Pre-requisite required grade: KSU CVM accepts a C- or better on all prerequisite courses.

                      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.

o   International Transcript

o   WES Report Required: Yes

                      Test Requirements

o   GRE Test Deadline: VMCAS deadline

o   TOEFL Test Deadline: VMCAS deadline


o   KSU CVM does not have a minimum requirement for veterinary hours. Veterinary hours should be time spent working alongside a veterinarian and provide the applicant insight into the everyday life of veterinary practice and a broad knowledge of opportunities in veterinary medicine.

                      Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

o   Minimum number required: 3

o   Veterinarian Required: Yes

o   Veterinarian, academic or pre-professional advisor, professor or other professional; non-family member.

                      Bachelor’s degree required: No

                      Academic Statement

o   Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.8

o   Required Grades: C-or higher on all prerequisite courses on a transcript at the time of application.

o   Required minimum of last 45: 2.8

o   Required minimum science GPA: 2.9

                      Interview Required: Yes

o   Traditional, personal and behavioral interview by a team of faculty and KVMA members.


                      Admissions Process Statement

·         Deadlines:

o   Application Open Date: May 9, 2019

o   Application Deadline Date: September 17, 2019

o   Supplemental Open Date: Adhere to VMCAS dates

o   Supplemental Deadline Date: Adhere to VMCAS dates

o   Transcripts Received Date: September 17, 2019

o   eLOR Received Date: September 17, 2019

o   GRE Scores Received Date: September 17, 2019

·         Interviews held: Mid December-February

o   Applicants invited for interviews will meet a team of faculty and KVMA members for a personal and behavioral interview. The interview team will have reviewed each application.

·         Offers released: Within 6 weeks after interview.

·         Orientation held: One week prior to the beginning of classes in August.

·         Deposit required: Yes

o   If YES, amount: $500

·         Defers granted: Yes, under extraordinary circumstances

·         Transfers accepted: Yes


·         Academics

·         Academics include Prerequisite Science GPA, Last 45 semester credit hour GPA and GRE scores. Non-Academic and Interview Non-academic includes veterinary experience, animal experience; extracurricular and leadership activity; employment, research, industrial and biomedical experience; references; personal statement/essay question; and overall application impression. Top applicants ranked on the above criteria will be invited to participate in personal and behavioral interviews on campus. A combination of the Academic, nonacademic and interview scores will determine offers.

·         Academic History

·         Science GPA

·         Science pre-requisite GPA

·         Cumulative GPA

·         Last 45 GPA

·         GRE Scores

·         eLORS

·         Veterinary Experiences

·         Leadership Skills

·         Personal Essays

·         Contribution to diversity

·         Non-cognitive skills

·         Readiness to matriculate

·         Employment history

·         Interview


                      GRE Average and Range: V: 69%, Q: 56%, AW: 70%

                      GPA Average and Range:

·         Avg. Science GPA: 3.64

·         Avg. Overall GPA: 3.64

·         Avg. Last 45 hr GPA: 3.69

                      Number of applications: 1,086

                      Number interviewed: 468

                      Number selected: 112

                      Number Accepted into class: 112

                      Number matriculated: 112


*For current year (2020 matriculation)

                      Resident (in-State)

·         Tuition: $24,974

·         Books and supplies: $1,027

·         Total cost of attendance: $43,464

                      Non-Resident (out-of-state)

·         Tuition: $54,366

·         Books and supplies: $1,027

·         Total cost of attendance: $72,856


                      Combined Programs statement

·         DVM/MPH

·         DVM/MS

·         DVM/PhD

                      Early Admissions Program for Pre-Veterinary Scholars recruits exceptional candidates for admission to the CVM. Focused mentoring allows for career focus, experiences, clinical and research training to produce the future leaders in veterinary medicine. High school seniors scoring a 29 or higher on the ACT are considered for this program. Evaluation of qualified applicants will include unweighted high school GPA, extracurricular activities, veterinary experiences, and letters of reference. Students will be selected for interviews based on these criteria. Interviews occur on the KSU CVM campus. Students accepted into the program must maintain a 3.3 Science GPA and complete all other activities required by KSU CVM Early Admission Pre-Veterinary Scholars Program.

Curriculum Statement

·         The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine is a four-year program with three years of preclinical classroom instruction followed by one year of clinical training in the Veterinary Health Center. Students have many opportunities to hone their veterinary skills through mentorships, internships and externships. Graduates of the doctoral program in Veterinary Medicine will: demonstrate competency in knowledge, skill, values, attitudes, aptitude and behaviors in the practice of medicine and surgery applicable to a broad range of species in the context of ever-changing societal expectations and life-long learning.

Clinicals begin

·         Clinical skills training begins the first semester and is a required course each semester until students enter clinical rotations. o Anesthesia and Surgery courses and labs of small and large animals occur during the 3rd year.

KSU CVM provides a broad classroom and clinical education for students. Clinical rotations during the 4th year include Ophthalmology, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Equine Medicine and Surgery, Small Animal Emergency, Food Animal Local Practice, Food Animal Medicine and Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Medicine and Dentistry. Elective rotations in 4th year allow students specialization. Students graduate with the excellent skills and broad knowledge to facilitate practice on a wide variety of patients and in multiple areas of interest.


·         An excellent elective course offered to 4th year students is the Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit 2 week rotation. Students travel to area Animal Shelters and Humane Societies to spay and neuter dogs and cats and address medical issues at the facilities. Each student on the rotation will average 50 surgical procedures.

·         The National Bio and Agro-defense Facility: A $6.1 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is funding five graduate students from the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine through the NBAF Scientist Training Program Fellowship. Students receive tuition, stipends and funds for supplies and travel.

·         Multiple construction projects have been completed and are being planned to enhance educational experiences and student life. Recently completed projects include a new $5.1 million anatomy lab and Student Success Center for 1st year students, a spacious Student Success Center for 2nd and 3rd year students, a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Lab, a 24/7 access in-house gym, and a beautiful Equine Performance Testing Center. Future projects include an expanded Pet Health Center in the Veterinary Health Center, a modernized Large Animal Receiving, and a spacious lecture hall.

·         Beef Cattle Institute: The purpose of the Beef Cattle Institute is to create a collaborative environment at KSU to tackle today and tomorrow’s issues facing the beef cattle industry through education, research and outreach. Biosecurity Research Institute is the home of comprehensive infectious disease research to address threats to plant, animal and human health, including food-borne pathogens.

·         KSU College of Veterinary Medicine boasts an Exotic and Zoo Animal Service that provides excellent, professional care of exotic pets and zoo animals. Dr. James Carpenter, named one of the 15 Most Influential Veterinarians in 2016 by veterinarianedu.org, leads this extraordinary service.

·         The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is dedicated to serving clients in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, disease diagnosis, field investigation, expert consultation, health surveillance, and regulatory testing. We possess testing capabilities in the areas of pathology, microbiology, clinical pathology, virology, molecular diagnostics and many more. Our rabies laboratory is the largest in the nation providing both animal and human testing services. Our mission also includes training veterinary students and residents pursuing board certification in multiple disciplines. The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases develops innovative countermeasures against high-priority foreign, emerging and zoonotic diseases that threaten human and animal health.

·         The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University is a full service veterinary hospital providing routine, specialty and emergency care. Our mission is to provide superior veterinary medical education, quality patient care and exceptional customer service in a caring environment.

·         Students attending KSU CVM enjoy the hospitality of Manhattan, KS with national rankings by Princeton Review including No. 3 for Town-Gown relations, No. 4 for best quality of life and one of the top 10 college towns in the nation. In 2018, The KSU College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked No. 4 by College Magazine.


Q: Do you offer tracking at Kansas State University?

A: Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine does not offer tracking. All students receive education on all major species. All students also practice on all major species. KSU CVM believes this system produces well educated, well rounded students. Students choose electives each semester in their areas of interest. Students also select three elective clinical rotations during the 4th clinical year. The elective courses and rotations allow students to specialize in their areas of interest while receiving a broad core education. The Class of 2018 had a NAVLE pass rate of 99%! KSU CVM historically had a pass rate 4 points higher than the national average likely due to the outstanding faculty and broad education they receive during the DVM program.

Q: Can I establish residency after beginning the DVM program at Kansas State University?

A: Students accepted into the program will sign a 4 year contract stating they are responsible for non-resident tuition through the course of the program.


Updated: 051119.tw