University of Missouri

Office of Academic Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
W203 Veterinary Medicine Building
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia MO 65211
Telephone: (573) 884-3341

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


The University of Missouri is located in Columbia, a city renowned for its high quality of life and low cost of living. Located midway between two major metropolises, Kansas City and St. Louis, Columbia abounds with walking trails, state park lands, wildlife refuges, art galleries, boutiques, music clubs and eclectic dining. Mizzou offers SEC football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, soccer, gymnastic and other sports. MU, a major research university with more than 30,000 students, consists of 18 schools and colleges located on a 1,262-acre campus.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is noted for its unique curriculum that gives students nearly two years of clinical experience before graduation. Students benefit from exposure to specialty medical areas such as pathology, clinical cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and oncology. Students also gain experience with advanced equipment such as a linear accelerator for treatment of cancer, MRI, PET-CT, ultrasonography, extensive endoscopy equipment, cold lasers, a surgery room C-arm for radiography during surgical procedures, and others.

Students who attend the MU CVM have the option of applying for Missouri residency after completing their first year. Columbia’s proximity to both rural communities and major cities results in exceptional food animal, equine and small animal caseloads. MU is unique in having a medical school, nursing school, engineering college, school of health-related professions, state cancer research center, nuclear research reactor, life sciences center, and department of animal science on the same campus, thus enhancing teaching, research, and clinical services.


         Health & Wellness: A licensed PhD psychologist joint appointed with the MU counseling center provides confidential treatment for students, interns and residents. They also provide seminars for groups on wellness issues.

         Diversity & Disadvantaged / Accommodations: MU has a strong commitment to supporting our diverse student community and have active VOICE and Broad-spectrum clubs. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs is the liaison with the MU office of disabilities and facilitates all ADA accommodations.

         Class Size

·         Resident #: 60

·         Non-Resident #: 60

·         International Seats #: TBD 2019-2020 will be the first year international students are accepted into the MU DVM program.

         All prerequisites for admission must be taken at a US accredited college.

         Applicant Pool (prior year)

·         Resident # 157

·         Non-Resident # 1081

·         Contract # and where N/A

         International School: No

         Accepts International Applicants: Yes

         VMCAS Participant: Yes


         Pre-Requisite Chart Update

·         Date pre-reqs must be completed July 1

·         Pre-requisite required grade C- or higher

         VMCAS application: Yes

         Supplemental application: Yes

·         Through VMCAS: Yes

·         External: No

         Transcript Requirements

·         AP Policy: must appear on official college transcript and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

·         International Transcripts No

·         WES Report Required: No

         Test Requirements

·         GRE Test Deadline: August 31

·         TOEFL Test Deadline: Date TBD


·         Minimum hours requirements 40

         Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

·         Letters Guidance Statement

·         Minimum number required: 3

·         Veterinarian Required: Yes

         Bachelor’s degree required: No

         Academic Statement

·         Required minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0

·         Required Grades C- or higher

·         Required minimum GRE score: A score of 285 (verbal and quantitative added together) and a 1.5 on the analytical is required.

·         Other GPA requirements No

         Interview Required: Yes

·         Type of interview In person panel interview


         Admissions Process Statement

·         Deadlines:

·         Application Open Date: May 9, 2019

·         Application Deadline Date: September 17, 2019

·         Supplemental Open Date May 2019

·         Supplemental Deadline Date: September 17, 2019

·         Transcripts Received Date: September 17, 2019

·         eLOR Received Date: September 17, 2019

·         GRE Scores Received Date: September 17, 2019

·         Interviews held: Early January through March

o   Interview format statement In person panel Interview

·         Offers released: February through April

·         Orientation held: Mid-August

·         Deposit required: Yes

o   If YES, amount: $500

·         Defers granted: Yes

·         Transfers accepted: Yes


·         Academic History

·         Cumulative GPA 20%

·         Last 45 GPA (last 3 full time undergraduate semesters) 10%

·         GRE Scores 4%

·         Undergraduate course load 6%

·         Experiences 10%

·         Leadership Skills 5%

·         Personal Essays 2.5%

·         Contribution to diversity 5%

·         Readiness to matriculate 5%

·         Employment history 5%

·         Interview 2.5%

·         Other (please list)

·         Extracurricular activities 5%

·         Overall impression 20%


         GRE Average and Range 306

         GPA Average and Range 3.70

         Number of applications 1240

         Number interviewed (or N/A) 339

         Number matriculated 120


*For current year (2020 matriculation)

         Resident (in-State)

·         Tuition: $ $26,692

·         Fees : 0

·         Total COA: $49,724

         Non-Resident (out-of-state)

·         Tuition: $62,516

·         Fees: 0

·         Total COA: $85,548


         Combined Programs statement

·         Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree may enroll in graduated classes to earn a Masters of Public Health degree concurrent with the DVM degree. The MPH program required 19 additional credit hours.

·         Masters of Science and PhD programs are custom designed based on the needs of the faculty advisors and the student. They typically entail and additional year or more of study.

         Other Academic Programs statement

·         MU CVM has two early admission programs for students who do their undergraduates studies at MU. Students enter as a high school senior or college freshman and must maintain a high academic standard and meet program requirements to be guaranteed admission.

         Curriculum Statement

·         At MU, the first two years are spent in classrooms and laboratories with the second two years devoted primarily to clinical study in the Veterinary Health Center hospitals.

         Clinicals begin

o   Clinical studies begins October of the third year.

         Research opportunities

·         Approximately 30 percent of the graduating class has actively participated in research projects through either our Veterinary Research Scholars Program (VRSP) or as part of a Laboratory Animal Medicine elective rotation. Additional research activities have occurred on an ad hoc basis.


·         Out-of-state students can easily attain in-state status by the second year.


How common is it to obtain Missouri residency for tuition purposes?

It is very common and the majority of out-of-state students obtain Missouri residency by the second year. This greatly reduces the tuition they will pay over the four years. Ninety-nine percent of our students graduate as Missouri residents.

Do Missouri students track?

No. MU provides a mixed animal curriculum for all students. However, the extended time in clinics provides over 25 weeks of self-directed studies in chosen on-campus electives or off campus experiences.

Does attending the University of Missouri for undergraduate coursework provide any more advantage to attending another in–state institution?

No. MU provides an excellent undergraduate education to prepare for the veterinary curriculum, however prospective students should choose an academic institution they feel meets their educational needs and provides sufficient exposure and the necessary preparation pursuant to that profession.

Is community college a viable route into a veterinary curriculum?

Yes. Community college programs are often an economical way to obtain basic general education requirements however upper-level prerequisite requirements are often completed through a four-year program.

Is a veterinary technical program a good path or preparatory field for veterinary medicine?

Sometimes. Students obtain valuable technical skills however many of the programs have courses that do not transfer towards a bachelor’s degree and therefore cannot be used to meet admissions requirements.

Does the University of Missouri College Veterinary Medicine have an application fee?

Yes, there is an application processing fee of $100 (charge determined year to year) in addition to the application fee paid to the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application fee.

Where should transcripts be sent?

All materials including eLORS, GRE scores and official transcripts from the originating institution are sent to VMCAS by their published deadline.

Is a bachelor’s degree required to be admitted into a veterinary program?

No. Completion of an undergraduate degree is not required in order to apply or to be admitted into the MU CVM. A bachelor’s degree is needed to complete dual DVM/MS/MPH programs.

How much emphasis is placed on shadowing and experience?

Shadowing and veterinary experiences allow a student to decide if the veterinary profession is the correct path for them. The admissions committee values quality of experiences over quantity.