University of Minnesota Veterinary School

University of Minnesota Veterinary School has one of the largest teaching hospitals in the U.S. and boasts innovative education and experiential learning. Read on to see how!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The University of Minnesota Veterinary School program allows student to choose from one of five areas: Small Animal, Equine, Food Animal, Mixed Animal, and Interdisciplinary.
University of Minnesota Veterinary School’s 4-year DVM curriculum was recently revised. The first two years focuses on a broad science background – and includes study of the normal animal, diseases, prevention, alleviation, and clinical therapy of diseases. The last two years include clinical and professional practice including the final year of 13 months of clinical rotations and up to 12 weeks of externship experiences.

There are over 70 rotation offerings. Rotation categories include:

• Comparative Services
• Equine
• Food Animal
• Large Animal
• Other Small Animal

University of Minnesota Veterinary School

Contact

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Phone: (612) 624-4747
Fax: (612) 624-1276
Email: dvminfo@umn.edu
Website:
http://www.cvm.umn.edu/

University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine
108 Pomeroy Center
1964 Fitch Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

 

Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute. GRE scores must be from within the past 5 years. Results must be electronically reported by October 2.

3. Students
Approximately 400 students are currently enrolled in the four year DVM program.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2013-2014 tuition rates for the DVM degree

In State Tuition: $123,312 ($30,828/year)
Out of State Tuition:
$220,640 ($55,160/year)

Total for Books /Supplies: $8,000 ($2,000/year)
Total for Room & Board: $43,704 ($10,926/year)
Total for Personal Expenses and Transportation: $12,000 ($3,000/year)

5. Accreditation
University of Minnesota Veterinary School was given
full accreditation
status by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate University of Minnesota Veterinary School: 97% (Class of 2011)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
University of Minnesota Veterinary School was ranked #9 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
The University of Minnesota first began a veterinary program in 1888 with 23 students. However, due to the expenses, the program was disbanded just 4 years later. After a few more failed attempts at a program, the School of Veterinary Medicine was finally established in 1947 in thanks to legislature.

8. Transfer Students
Accepted

 

Admissions Information

Admissions Formula
Admissions includes three evaluations:

1. Academic Measures
2. Non-academic Measures
3. Interviews

Academic Measures

Each of the following will be weighted equally –

• Prerequisite course GPA – it is recommended to have a minimum GPA of 2.75
• Last 45-semester credit GPA – it is recommended to have a minimum GPA of 2.75
• GRE scores – it is recommended to have a score above the 35th percentile

Non-Academic Measures

• Knowledge of vet profession
• Experience with animals
• Maturity and reliability
• Work experience
• Community involvement
• Extracurricular activities
• Letters of recommendation

Interviews

Students who meet the requirements for the academic and non-academic measures will be invited to interview. The interview is one hour long and uses questions that focus on the aptitude for success as a vet.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

1. Veterinarian (at least 1 is required)
2. Others of student’s choice who know the applicant well

 

Acceptance Rate
10.5% (100 accepted out of 948 applicants – 2012).

Out of the typical 100 of the accepted incoming students:

• 55 are for residents of Minnesota and South Dakota
• 45 are for non-residents; 5 of which are reserved for North Dakota residents

 

Timetable

• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• GRE Score Deadline – Oct 2
• Acceptances Mailed – late February

Before you Apply

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed. There is no required major when applying to University of Minnesota Veterinary School. Math and science prerequisite classes must be completed within ten years of the application; however all pre-requisite courses must be completed with a C- or better.

 

Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C- or better. Up to five prerequisite courses may be pending completion during the fall and spring of the application year.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses

• Biology 1 and lab
• Zoology and lab
• Genetics
• General Inorganic Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs
• Organic Chemistry and lab
• Biochemistry
• Microbiology and lab
• Physics I and II and labs
• Math – either College Algebra, Pre-calculus, or
• Introductory Calculus

General Education Requirements

• Social Science and History – two courses
• Arts and Humanities – two courses
• English – one writing and one additional


Required Experience
Veterinary and Animal Experience
Veterinary medical experience is not required but highly recommended. Experiences directly with veterinarians, with animal research, responsibility for and the management of animals are all applicable and well regarded with the application.


Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Total Applications………………………..948
Number of MN Residents…………………189
Number of Non-Resident……………….……759
Mean cumulative GPA………………………..3.63
Mean Last 45 Credits GPA………………….3.72
Mean GRE………………………………..1200
Verbal Mean……………………………………….…530
Quantitative Mean………………………………..670
Mean Age……………………………………….………25
Male to Female Ratio…………..13:83 (0.156)

 

Degrees Offered

Graduate

• Veterinary Medicine
• Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

PhD

• Veterinary Medicine
• Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

Dual Degree Programs

• VM-MPH
• DVM/PhD

 

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