University of Minnesota
Office of Academic and Student Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
108 Pomeroy Center
1964 Fitch Ave.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul MN 55108
Telephone: (612) 624-4747
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
prepares future leaders in companion animal, food animal, and public health
practice, as well as research and education. University of Minnesota students
benefit from one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, as well as
world renowned faculty in zoonotic diseases, comparative medicine, and population
The College offers state-of-the-art facilities, including
the Veterinary Medical Center, Leatherdale Equine Center, and the Raptor
Center, which in 1988 became the world’s first facility designed specifically
for birds of prey. Off-site facilities include farms throughout Minnesota and
around the world. The College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the 540-acre
St. Paul campus. Students enjoy a small, intimate campus atmosphere of
approximately 3,000 students while benefiting from the numerous amenities
available within one of the nation’s largest university systems.
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have a combined
population of approximately 2.5 million people and represents one of the
largest metropolitan areas where a veterinary college is located. The Twin Cities
is the cultural center for the region, abundant with outdoor recreational
opportunities, and is repeatedly cited as one of the most livable metropolitan areas
in the nation.
In 2013-14, the DVM program underwent a complete curriculum
revision. During the first three years of the DVM program, students focus on
the study of the normal animal, the pathogenesis of diseases and the prevention,
alleviation and clinical therapy of diseases. Students gain hands-on experience
throughout the entire program in clinical and professional skills courses.
The program concludes with thirteen months of clinical
rotations in the Veterinary Medical Center, during which time students learn
methods of veterinary care and develop skills needed for professional practice.
Students can choose from over 60 rotation offerings. The fourth year includes
up to ten weeks of externship experiences at off-campus sites of the student’s
Health & Wellness:
We offer a variety of health and wellness related programs, including access to
mental health counseling services, wellness initiatives coordinated within each
class, student life clubs focused on wellness, on-campus fitness centers, and
Disadvantaged: We offer a variety of initiatives to promote diversity and
inclusion within the student body, starting with the selection of students who
contribute and/or support diversity and inclusion. Special scholarships and
early admission pathway programs (VetLEAD) support diverse students within the
student body. Students can engage in community outreach programs which provide
basic veterinary care to low-income or no-income residents in Minnesota or
participate on the College-wide diversity and inclusion committee.
Students with documented disabilities will find support from the College’s
Academic and Student Affairs office in conjunction with the University
Disability Resource Center.
Resident #: 53
Non-Resident #: 52
Applicant Pool (prior year)
Resident #: 190
Non-Resident #: 760
International School: No
Accepts International Applicants: Yes
VMCAS Participant: Yes
Date pre-reqs must be completed: prerequisite
courses must be completed by the end of the spring term of the academic year in
which application is made. No more than five prerequisite science and math
courses may be pending completion during the fall and spring semesters of the application
cycle. A science course and accompanying laboratory are considered as one
towards the count of five, even if they are separate classes with independent
Pre-requisite required grade: C- or better
VMCAS application: Yes
Supplemental application: No supplemental application.
We do assess an application processing fee of $85. Application fee is payable through
AP Policy: must appear on official college
transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.
International Transcripts: Must be assessed
through an evaluation service, such as WES.
WES Report Required: Yes
GRE Test Deadline: Same as application deadline.
Requirements statement: Applicants are
encourages to have a wide variety of veterinary and animal care experiences.
Extracurricular activities, research experience, and other general employment
are also highly valued. Experience can be paid, volunteer, or observational.
Minimum hours requirements: No minimum
Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)
Letters Guidance Statement: Highly recommend at
least one from a veterinarian. Select individuals who know you well through a
professional, extracurricular, or educational setting. Committee letters are OK
as long as they are routed through the eLOR system.
Minimum number required: 3
Veterinarian Required: Strongly recommended
Bachelor’s degree required: No
Required Grades: C- or better
Required minimum of last 45: 2.75
Required minimum GRE score: 35th percentile
Other GPA requirements: Required minimum
prerequisite course GPA: 2.75
Interview Required: Yes
Type of interview: Behavioral
Open Date: May 9
Application Deadline Date: September 17
Transcripts Received Date: September 17
eLOR Received Date: September 16
GRE Scores Received Date: September 17
Interviews held: Late January / early February
Interview format statement: Behavioral interview
format. One applicant with two interviewers. Approximately 1 hour in length.
Learn more about our interview format at our web site: https://z.umn.edu/DVMInterview
Offers released: mid to late February
Orientation held: Late August
Deposit required: Yes
If YES, amount: $500
Defers granted: Yes
Transfers accepted: Yes, on a space available
GPA in prerequisite coursework
GPA in most recent 45-semester credits
GRE Test scores
Subjective measures of personal experience
Extracurricular and/or community service activities
Animal/veterinary knowledge, experience, and
Contribution to and support of diversity and inclusion
GRE Average and Range Verbal: 156 (142- 168),
Quantitative: 155 (145-167)
GPA Average and Range: Prerequisite course GPA:
3.67 (2.99-4.0), Last 45-semester credit GPA: 3.74 (3.21-4.0)
Number of applications: We received 950
applications in 2018-2019
Number Accepted into class: 105
Number matriculated: 105
TUITION / COST OF
*For current year
Expenses include all tuition, fees, and two semesters of
health insurance costs (approximately $2,232). Health insurance is mandatory;
students can petition out of insurance costs if proof of personal coverage is provided.
Students from Minnesota and South Dakota pay resident
tuition rates. Students from North Dakota can apply to the state of North
Dakota for tuition support through the Professional Student Exchange Program
(PSEP). Approved North Dakota students pay resident tuition rates. North Dakota
students not approved pay non-resident tuition rates. Students from all other
states or international locations pay non-resident tuition rates.
Students may apply for residency after one year of enrollment.
Tuition & Fees: $31,984
Tuition & Fees: $57,490
EDUCATION / RESEARCH
VetLEAD: Veterinary Leadership through Early Admissions for
Diversity (VetLEAD): VetLEAD creates a pathway into the DVM program for
students at under-represented serving partner schools, including Florida
Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).
High achieving students with relevant experience enrolled at
FAMU may apply for an early admissions decision after they have completed at
least two semesters at FAMU. Read more about the program at our web site: z.umn.edu/vetlead.
Combined Programs statement: DVM/PhD:
Two options available for formal DVM/PhD study:
DVM/PhD in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences or DVM/PhD in Veterinary Medicine.
Under the concurrent option, students complete the first two years of the DVM
curriculum, then transfer to the PhD program. Following defense of an original
PhD thesis, students return to the DVM program to complete clinical training
and degree requirements.
Alternatively, students may complete all DVM
requirements before entering the PhD program full time. Learn more about this
program at our web site: z.umn.edu/DVMDual o DVM/MPH: In this program
veterinary students can simultaneously earn a DVM and a master of public health
(MPH) degree in as little as four years. Students obtain the credentials to work
in government or industry on issues relating to food safety, emerging infectious
diseases, biosecurity, and public health. MPH students complete veterinary and
human public health field experience and a “culminating experience” project
under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Learn more about this program at our
web site: z.umn.edu/dvmmph
Other Academic Programs statement
Summer Scholars: The Summer Scholars program
offers first and second year veterinary students the opportunity to participate
in research projects related to veterinary, animal, and human health
initiatives. Through this experiential learning, students will gain an
appreciation of biomedical and veterinary research careers and see firsthand
how research contributes to advances in health care and veterinary practice.
The University of Minnesota curriculum is based
on progression from normal to abnormal and from the cellular level to the whole
animal. The curriculum includes purposeful integration of topics across courses
within and between semesters and early introduction to hands-on opportunities with
animals in clinical skills courses.
Tracking begins in the third year and includes
opportunities in small animals, horses, food animals, research, and a mixed
track. Clinical training is 13 months in length, with access to over 60 choices
of clinical rotations at our Veterinary Medical Center, Equine Center, Dairy
Education Center, West Metro Equine
service, and the Golden Valley Humane Society, as well as extensive externship
opportunities. o Clinical skills courses begins the first semester of the first
year and continue through each semester of the program. Clinical rotations span
the last 13 months of the program.
We offer one of the largest teaching hospitals
in the country with over 40,000 cases treated per year. Our unique geographic
location in an urban setting, yet close to rural agricultural farmland,
provides a well-balanced caseload among multiple species.
Students benefit from flexible track options,
starting in their third year.
What is the campus
like? We are located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota
Twin Cities. It’s a small, scenic campus situated in a friendly suburban
setting. It takes about 15 minutes to walk across campus, though the majority
of our buildings are connected or just a short walk outside.
Will you waive
prerequisite courses? No, we are unable to waive prerequisite courses. o Will you consider online / community
college courses towards prerequisite course requirements? Yes, many of our
applicants take courses online or through community colleges.
Do you have an
application processing fee? Yes, we have a separate $85 application
processing fee, payable online with credit card.
How are “Gap Years”
considered? Gap years are viewed neutrally; applicants should feel
empowered to take one if needed and supported if they choose not to.
Will you accept
prerequisite course substitutions? We will only accept substitutions for
like courses. For example, we may accept biology II in place of zoology.
Applicants should contact the admissions office in advance for guidance.
Do I need to submit a
transcript if I attended the UMN for undergraduate education? Yes, all
transcripts need to be submitted through VMCAS.
Do you consider an
overall GPA? No, we consider a prerequisite course GPA and a last
45-semester credit GPA.
Are video conference
interviews permitted? For extenuating circumstances, such as travel
complications due to weather, medical conditions, applicants abroad to study,
Is the analytical
writing section of the GRE considered? No. General writing skill is
considered throughout the written application instead.