University of Tennessee

Admissions Office
College of Veterinary Medicine
2407 River Drive
Room A-104-C
Knoxville TN 37996-4550
Telephone: (865) 974-7354


The University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located in Knoxville, a city of 185,000 situated in the Appalachian foothills of east central Tennessee. Only 45 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 3 hours from both Nashville and Atlanta, Knoxville offers many recreational and cultural opportunities, including a symphony orchestra, an opera company, and several fine theaters. The climate in Knoxville is moderate with distinct seasons.

The 550-acre Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee has about 21,300 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students. The modern Clyde M. York Veterinary Medicine Building, housing the teaching and research facilities, the Veterinary Medical Center, including the W.W. Armistead Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and Agriculture-Veterinary Medicine Library, faces the Tennessee River on the university’s Agricultural Campus.

The curriculum of the College of Veterinary Medicine is a 9-semester, 4-year program. Development of a strong basic science education is emphasized in the first year. The second and third years emphasize the study of diseases, their causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Innovative features of the first 2.5 years of the curriculum include 5 weeks of student-centered small-group applied-learning exercises in semesters 1-5; 3 weeks of dedicated clinical experiences in the Veterinary Medical Center in semesters 3-5; and elective course opportunities in semesters 2-9 that allow students to focus on specific educational/ career goals. In the clinical year (final 4 semesters), students participate exclusively in 68 weeks of clinical rotations (28 weeks of core rotations and 24-30 weeks of elective training) in the Veterinary Medical Center and in required off-campus externships. The college has unique programs in zoo, avian, and exotic animal medicine and surgery, cancer diagnosis and therapy, minimally invasive surgery (laser lithotripsy, endoscopy, otoscopy), and rehabilitation/physical therapy.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above. We admit approximately 85 applicants each year. Priority is given to Tennessee residents (60 of the 85 seats are for Tennessee residents). Twenty-five highly qualified non-residents are admitted each year.

Residency implications: Tennessee has no contractual agreements for residency waivers. Tennessee accepts applications from United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States. Applications from international students completing the recognized prerequisites will be considered for 2018. TOEFL score and international student requirements can be found at



VMCAS application deadline: Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

GRE scores must be received no later than September 15, 2018

Date interviews are held: TBD in October 2018 and January 2019

Date acceptances mailed: the week of February 18, 2019

Applicant’s response date: April 15, 2019

School begins: mid-August 2018

Deposit (to hold place in class): none required.

Deferments: are considered on a case-by-case basis.


The admission procedure consists of a 3-phased review process (i.e., academic review, packet review, and interview). Each section weighted equally in the final applicant score. The initial academic review determines which applicants will move forward to a packet review. The combined academic review and packet review determines selection of the applicant interview pool.

Initial academic file review includes:
Academic performance and grade point average
GRE Test scores
Prerequisite completion
VMCAS and Supplemental Application information
VMCAS Disadvantaged/Hardship statement (optional)

Holistic packet review:
Rigor of educational program and potential for success
Personal Statement
References (3-5 required – 3 veterinarian letters preferred)
Evidence of logical preparation for this career
Veterinary and Animal Experience
Extracurricular activities/community service
Leadership and diversity
Disadvantaged/Hardship factors

TN: Essay or Personal Statement

TN Personal Statement
Animal/veterinary experience
Communication skills
Understanding of the profession
Personal interests and qualities


Required undergraduate GPA: for nonresident applicants, the minimum acceptable cumulative GPA is 3.20 on a 4.00 scale. At time of acceptance, the mean GPA of the class entering in fall of 2017 was 3.62.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Course completion deadline: prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better by the end of the spring term prior to entry.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description Number of credits
General inorganic chemistry (w /lab) 8
Organic chemistry (w/ lab) 8
General biology/zoology (w/ lab) 8
Cellular/Molecular biology* 3
Genetics 3
Biochemistry (exclusive of laboratory)† 4
Physics (w/ lab) 8
English composition 6
Social sciences/humanities 18

* It is expected that this requirement will be fulfilled by a course in cellular or molecular biology. An upper-division cell or molecular biology course is preferred.

† This should be a complete upper-division course in general cellular and comparative biochemistry. Half of a 2-semester sequence will not satisfy this requirement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete additional biological and physical science courses, especially comparative anatomy, mammalian physiology, microbiology with laboratory, and statistics.


Estimated Tuition Resident: $28,734

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $56,540


Resident: 60

Non-Resident: 25


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Exam (GRE), General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) is required, and scores must be received by September 17, 2018. (To assure scores are reported by the application deadline, applicants should consider exam dates prior to August 15, 2018.)

English Language Requirement: Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Passing marks are 550, 213, 80, and 6.5 for paper-based, computer-based, internet-based (iBT) TOEFL, and IELTS respectively. Official scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing service. TOEFL scores must be received by Jan. 25, 2019. 

The University of Tennessee’s score reporting code for TOEFL is 1843. The score must not be older than two years from the requested date of entry. Applicants who have received a degree from an accredited US institution in the past two years are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. 

TOEFL information may be obtained from the official TOEFL website. 

IELTS information may be obtained from the official IELTS website

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Additional requirements and considerations:
Animal/veterinary work experience
3 letters of recommendation are required but no more than 5 letters will be accepted. Two should be from veterinarians.
Extracurricular and/community service activities
Leadership skills
Autobiographical essay (personal statement)
A Supplemental Application is required and an optional Disadvantages Declaration and can be found at: 

Dual Degree Program

The College, in partnership with the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, offers an option for veterinary students (and graduate veterinarians) to earn the MPH degree with a concentration in Veterinary Public Health. 

Contact the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Marcy Souza at for additional information.

Dual DVM/PhD Program

The College, in partnership with the Graduate School, offers a dual DVM/PhD program option to students interested in a research career. Students are eligible to take a limited number of courses to count toward a PhD degree in Comparative and Experimental Medicine. Entry to the program requires a separate application to the graduate school. For more information visit

*Please see our website for complete information at: