University of Wisconsin

Office of Academic Affairs
School of Veterinary Medicine
2015 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison WI 53706-1102
Telephone: (608) 263-2525


The University of Wisconsin is located in Madison, the state capital, which has a population of about 240,000. Consistently ranked among the nation’s “most livable” cities, its hilly terrain, scattered parks, and woodlands saturate the urban setting with a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Centered on a narrow isthmus among 4 scenic lakes, the city is a recreational paradise. The university sprawls over 900 acres along Lake Mendota and its student population is nearly 45,000. It has rated among the top 10 universities academically since 1910 and is sixth in the country in volume of research activity.

The School of Veterinary Medicine facility has a modern veterinary medical teaching hospital, modern equipment, and high-quality lab space for teaching and research. The curriculum provides a broad education in veterinary medicine with learning experiences in food animal medicine and other specialty areas. The school pioneered a unique senior rotation in ambulatory service for fourth-year students where they experience the life and work of a veterinarian specializing in large-animal medicine by completing a rotation in one of 24 practices near Madison. The school has an outstanding research program and many faculty members have joint appointments with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, the National Wildlife Health Laboratory, and the North Central Dairy Forage Center. These outside links provide learning, research, and employment opportunities for students.


To apply for admission, all applicants must complete three (3) online applications: 1) VMCAS, due September 15, 2017 (12:00 Midnight, CDT); 2) Wisconsin’s Required Data Form, due September 18, 2017 (4:00 p.m., EDT) and located at our website:; and 3) Wisconsin’s Supplemental Application. All applicants will be notified by e-mail in November 2017 to complete our electronic supplemental application and to announce its deadline. Interviews are not required as part of the application process.

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

Residency implications: at least 60 Wisconsin residents will be accepted. Wisconsin has no contractual agreements, but may accept approximately 30 nonresident applicants. Applicants who can claim legal residency or domicile in more than one state should contact the school.



VMCAS application deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

Interviews: none

Date acceptances mailed: late-February

School begins: late August

Deposit (to hold place in class): none required

Deferments: are considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee and may be granted for extenuating circumstances.


There is a 2-part admission procedure. For the fall 2016 application year, the class was selected based upon the following comparative evaluation:

1. Academic factors, including:
Undergraduate cumulative GPA
Required coursework GPA
Last 30 semester credit GPA
GRE test scores

2. Non-academic factors, including:
Animal and veterinary medical experience
Extracurricular activities and other work experience
Awards and honors
Communication skills, maturity and leadership
Letters of recommendation


Required undergraduate GPA: A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be earned in all required courses, including courses completed after application. The mean undergraduate cumulative GPA for the class of 2020 was 3.60 for residents and 3.74 for nonresidents.

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

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description Number of Hours/Credits Necessity
Biology or Zoology 4 Required
Genetics or Animal Breeding 3 Required
General Chemistry 8 Required
Organic Chemistry 3 Required
Biochemistry 3 Required
General Physics 6 Required
Statistics 3 Required
English Composition or Journalism 6 Required
Social Science or Humanities 6 Required
Anatomy 3 Recommended
Microbiology 3 Recommended
Physiology 3 Recommended
Cell/Molecular Biology 3 Recommended


Tuition rates are published each year in July; please see our website for details.

2016-2017 Estimated Tuition Resident: $22,762

2016-2017 Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $35,906


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is required. All applicants are required to take or retake the GRE, including the writing assessment. The deadline by which this must be completed is listed on our website. For the most current GRE submission information, please see our website.

A test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores may be submitted) is required for applicants for whom English is a second language and have not completed an undergraduate degree at an English-speaking college or university. The minimum scores accepted are as follows: internet TOEFL = 100, paper TOEFL = 600, MELAB = 84, IELTS = 7. Please see website for additional information and deadlines.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes

Application Deadline: 9/15/2017