North Carolina State University

Student Services Office
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University
1060 William Moore Drive, Box 8401
Raleigh NC 27607
Telephone: (919) 513-6262

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The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine consistently ranks as one of the leading veterinary educational programs in North America. Located in the state capital of Raleigh, the campus resides in one of the most desirable areas to live and work. The region is home to one of the nation’s leading research parks and provides students with opportunities for collaborations in biotechnology, biomedicine, and environmental health with industry and government researchers, clinical trial companies, and other academic colleagues. Featuring 160 faculty members and a capacity for 400 veterinary medical students, the college also offers training for interns, residents, and graduate students. The campus includes a state-of the- art teaching hospital, classrooms, a working farm, research and teaching laboratories, and a variety of additional amenities. The Randall B. Terry, Jr., Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center offers cutting-edge technologies for imaging, cardiac care, cancer treatment, and internal medicine and surgery, and handles more than 34,000 referral cases a year. In addition, the educational model has been fully revamped with an eye on the future, equipping students for success in private practice, industry, government, and academia, with emphasis on teamwork, client interactions, and communication skills. The NC State Veterinary Medicine community enhances animal and human health and well-being through the education and advanced training of veterinarians and comparative biomedical scientists. The community is dedicated to providing leadership in veterinary care, biomedical discovery, and societal engagement that addresses complex global issues facing animal, human, and environmental health. It raises the bar for teaching, healing, and scientific discovery in the 21st century.


         Class Size

·         Resident 80

·         Non-Resident 20

          Applicant Pool (prior year) – 2018 Cycle

·         Resident # - 233

·         Non-Resident # - 835

         International School: No

         Accepts International Applicants: Yes

         VMCAS Participant: Yes


         Pre-Requisite Chart Update

·         Date pre-reqs must be completed: Have no more than two (2) pre-requisites outstanding in the spring semester of the application cycle (Spring 2020).

·         Pre-requisite required grade – C-

         VMCAS application: Yes

         Supplemental application: Yes

·         Through VMCAS: No

·         External: Yes

         Transcript Requirements

·         AP Policy: must appear on official college transcripts with course name and credit hours and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework. o International Transcripts: all international academic transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service.

·         WES Report Required: Yes

         Test Requirements

·         GRE Test Deadline: August 15

·         TOEFL Test Deadline: August 15

·         OTHER Test Deadlines


·         Requirements statement

·         Minimum hours requirements: 200

         Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

·         Letters Guidance Statement

·         Minimum number required: 3

·         Veterinarian Required: No – 2 are recommended to come from a veterinarian

         Bachelor’s degree required: No

         Academic Statement

·         Required minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 Resident, 3.4 Nonresident

·         Required Grades 3.0 Resident, 3.4 Nonresident

·         Required minimum of last 45: 3.0 Resident, 3.4 Nonresident

·         Required minimum science GPA

·         Required minimum GRE score

·         Other GPA requirements

         Interview Required: No


         Admissions Process Statement

·         Deadlines:

         Application Open Date: May 9, 2019

         Application Deadline Date September 17

         Supplemental Open Date: June

o   Supplemental Deadline Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 1 pm

         eLOR Received Date: September 17

         GRE Scores Received Date: September 17

         Offers released: by March 1

         Orientation held: August

         Deposit required: Yes

o   If YES, amount: $300

         Defers granted: Yes

         Transfers accepted: No


         Academic History

         Science GPA

         Science pre-requisite GPA

         Cumulative GPA

         Last 45 GPA

         GRE Scores


         Veterinary Experience

         Animal Experience

         Educational Experience

         Evaluation Forms/Recommendations

         Personal Statement


         Extracurricular and Community Activities


         GRE Average and Range

·         Avg – Analytical 65%

·         Range: 8% -98%

·         Avg - Quantitative – 58%

·         Range – 12% - 97%

·         Avg – Verbal – 69%

·         Range – 24% - 99%

         GPA Average and Range

·         Avg – Overall – 3.72

·         Range – 3.06 – 4.00

·         Avg – Last 45 – 3.75

·         Range – 3.13 – 4.00

·         Avg – Required Course – 3.67

·         Range – 2.95 – 4.00

         Number of applications - 1068

         Number matriculated - 100


*For current year (2020 matriculation)

         Resident (in-State)

·         $19,616

·         $39,686

         Non-Resident (out-of-state)

·         $47,657

·         $67,727


·         DVM/PhD - The Combined DVM/PhD accepts students to the Comparative Biomedical Sciences where they study with faculty who are employing state-of-the-art techniques to address a number of interesting scientific problems in the basic and applied biomedical sciences.

·         Combined DVM/MBA - Applicants interested in the combined degree program must be accepted by both the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Jenkins MBA Program.

         Other Academic Programs statement

·         Food Animal Scholars

·         Fisheries and Aquaculture Scholar Program

·         Laboratory Animal Scholar Program

·         The University of North Carolina (UNC) System Veterinary Education Access (UNC-SVEA) Program

         Curriculum Statement

·         The academic professional program calls for two phases of education. A preclinical three-year phase is followed by a clinical phase in the fourth year of training. The first through the third year of the professional program are concerned with a gradual progression from a basic science presentation to a more clinical application of veterinary science. Two summer vacation periods are allowed in the first three years of the professional program.

         Clinicals begin

·         Fourth-year students must complete required and elective rotations that vary depending on the students’ selected focus area. Students must complete 43 credits in the senior year: 40 credits of clinical rotations and three credits in Clinical Conference. The clinic year consists of 24 blocks, two-to-three weeks in length, with up to four vacation blocks and three extramural experiences (Clinician Scientist, Epidemiology, & Food Animal Focus Areas have different extramural requirements). A total of 168 credit hours are required for graduation. Clinical Conference presentations are required of each senior.

·         (Brief description of Summer (or other) research programs)) - Summer Research Internship Program for Firstand Second-year Veterinary Medicine Students

         The objective of the Veterinary Scholars Program is to provide veterinary students with mentored research experiences in biomedical laboratories located within our College of Veterinary Medicine. Students are expected to complete 10 weeks of full time research over the course of the summer. In addition to working in research laboratories, there will be several joint events held during the summer for all participating students.


·         Certificate in Global Health

§  The Certificate in Global Health is a formal academic certificate for veterinary students that examines the complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale.

§  During the program, students will be introduced to global health issues and challenges, and develop an understanding of key concepts, tools and frameworks essential for continued study in global health. Students will learn about the importance of understanding and addressing global health through multidisciplinary frameworks and collaborations, and complete an experiential International Research Project.

·         Teaching Animal Unit

§  The Teaching Animal Unit (TAU) is located just east of the College of Veterinary Medicine on approximately 80 of the campus’ 180 acres. The staff and PHP residents are actively involved in training the veterinary students who participate in laboratory training during Years 1-3 of the professional DVM curriculum. The TAU is a dynamic teaching lab for veterinary students to learn husbandry, production management, and routine procedures used in livestock production. Students are able to observe and work with normal animals in a real farm setting.

§  The TAU is consistently one of the most popular activities in which veterinary students engage at NC State. They have regularly scheduled labs during Years 1-3, and make visits as part of their senior rotations during Year 4. The Unit consists of six sub units that reflect the principal food animal groups.

·         House System

§  Students are sorted into four houses as part of a collegewide wellness initiative. Throughout the academic year, the houses, which boast groups of students reflecting differences in backgrounds and areas of study, compete to earn points by participating in various campus events.

§  The house model focuses on promoting intellectual growth, mental and emotional health, social development, cultural competence and physical health.


What makes an applicant competitive for admissions?

You should meet or exceed our minimum grade requirements for cumulative, required, and last 45 credit hour grade point averages. In addition to academic criteria, you will be evaluated on various non-academic criteria. The Admissions Committee will be looking for students who are academically curious, well-rounded and mature. Students who are interested in veterinary medicine should pursue jobs, clubs and other activities that expose them to the profession and to different species of animals. A diverse amount of veterinary and animal experience is highly recommended.

Do you require an admissions interview?

No. We do not require an interview.

What do I have to submit?

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application; the NC State Supplemental Application; official transcripts of completed coursework; Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

Do applications from NC State alumni get preference?

We evaluate all applicants on the same criteria no matter what college they have attended. Each cycle we receive more applications from NC State than any other school. Therefore, we admit and deny more applicants from NC State than any other school.

How many applications do you receive and how many are accepted?

We receive more than 1,000 applications each year and that number continues to increase. We admit an incoming class of 100 students each year – approximately 80 North Carolina residents and 20 non-residents.

Do I have to have a Bachelor’s degree to get in?

A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission into the DVM program. An applicant just needs to satisfy the prerequisites. However, most admitted students do have their bachelor’s degree by matriculation.

Why do you accept so many North Carolina residents?

North Carolina State University is a land-grant university designed to serve the citizens of North Carolina in subject areas including, but not limited to, the practical teaching of agriculture, science, military science, engineering and education. The state of North Carolina funds higher education in an effort to offer strong educational opportunities to its citizenry. Therefore, slot allocation priority is given to North Carolina residents.

Are there majors you prefer?

Students can be any major they choose, and the required pre-professional courses can be obtained through the curricula of a number of fields of study. A majority of applicants are science majors, such as: Biology, Animal Science, Zoology, and Chemistry.

Where should I take the prerequisite courses?

You can take the prerequisite courses at any accredited two-year or four-year college or university. This includes courses taken via distance education at those institutions.

Do you accept online courses?

Yes, prerequisite courses may be completed either online or in a classroom setting. The courses must be completed at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university.