Western University of Health Sciences

Office of Admission
College of Veterinary Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
309 East 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1854
Phone: (909) 623-6116 FAX: (909) 469-5570
E-mail: admissions@westernu.edu
Web site:  https://prospective.westernu.edu/veterinary/dvm/requirements/
Link to Application: https://prospective.westernu.edu/veterinary/dvm/apply/


Western University of Health Sciences is an independent, accredited, nonprofit university incorporated in the State of California, dedicated to educating compassionate and competent health professionals who value diversity and a humanistic approach to patient care. The university, located in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, grants post baccalaureate professional degrees in nine colleges: the College of Podiatric Medicine, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Optometry, the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, the College of Allied Health Professions, the College of Graduate Nursing, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education granted the College of Veterinary Medicine full accreditation status in 2010. Western U’s CVM admitted its charter class Fall 2003. The founding principles of the College of Veterinary Medicine include:

1. Commitment to student-centered, life-long learning. The curriculum is designed to teach students to find and critically evaluate information, to enhance student cooperative learning, and to provide an environment for professional development.

2. Commitment to a Reverence for Life philosophy in teaching veterinary medicine. The College strives to make the educational experience one that enhances moral development of its students and is respectful to all animals and people involved in its programs. Students only practice clinical and surgical skills on live animals when it is medically necessary for that animal.

3. Commitment to excellence of student education through strategic partnerships in the public and private veterinary sectors.

This commitment seeks to maximize the learning experience in veterinary clinical practice and to educate practice-ready veterinarians capable of functioning independently upon graduation. In the 3rd and 4th years of the curriculum students are trained primarily off-campus at state of the art facilities.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed previously.

Residency implications: applicants from all states as well as international applicants will be considered. In-state and out-of-state applicants are given equal consideration.



VMCAS application deadline: Monday, September 17, 2019 at 11:59PM Eastern Time

Date interviews are held: Late Fall and Early Spring

Date acceptances mailed: mid-March

School begins: August

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500

Deferments: request for deferments will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only after deposit is received.


Academic achievement

Standardized test performance

Animal experience

Letters of reference


Other supporting material


Required undergraduate GPA: Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (undergraduate and graduate) at the time of application to be considered for admission. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (or its equivalent) or higher. GPA must be maintained through matriculation into the program.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework. AP test subject and number of credits must also be specified on the transcript.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description Number of Hours/Credits
Organic Chemistry with Lab 3
Biochemistry or Physiological Chemistry 3
Upper-Division Biological and Life Sciences with Lab 9
Microbiology 3
Upper-Division Physiology (Animal, Human, or Comparative Only) 3
Genetics 3
General or College Physics with Labs 6
Statistics (General, Introductory, or Bio-) 3
English Composition 6
Humanities/Social Sciences 9


Estimated Tuition Resident: $52,860

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $52,860


Resident: 47

Non-Resident: 53


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required. Test scores must be RECEIVED by VMCAS on or before the VMCAS deadline.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


All courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Coursework completed outside the U.S. (including Canada) must be evaluated by a WesternU approved evaluation service (please visit the requirements page of the website for a listing of approved services). 

All required courses must be completed by the end of the spring term of planned matriculation year. 

Failure to satisfactorily complete prerequisites with a grade of C or better will result in the loss of a candidate’s seat in the class. 

One course cannot be used to satisfy more than one prerequisite. 

All except two of the science prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Fall term immediately prior to the planned year of matriculation at WesternU-CVM.

Application Deadline: 9/17/2018