University of Missouri Veterinary School

The motto of the University of Missouri Veterinary School is ‘One Health, One Medicine’. Read on to see how this philosophy can help you!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory sees over 40,000 cases annually and completes more than 200,000 diagnostic tests. The University of Missouri Veterinary School’s DVM program begins with two years of instruction in high-tech, state of the art, computer based classrooms and labs. These first two years include the gross and microscopic anatomy of animals, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology providing a solid foundation in basic biomedical science. After these, the University of Missouri provides two years of clinical experience, which is greater than the usual one year of clinicals prior to graduation. This provides additional training in client communication and diagnosis. This unique curriculum requires 6 weeks of clinical rotations in 7 specialties as listed below. These may be in or out of hospital training.

1. Opthamology
2. Cardiology
3. Neurology
4. Orthopaedics
5. Oncology
6. Dentistry
7. Community Medicine



Office of Academic Affairs
(573) 884-3341

University of Missouri-Columbia
College of Veterinary Medicine W203
Veterinary Medicine Building
Columbia, MO 65211


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.

2. GRE or MCAT
Either the GRE or MCAT can be taken for the University of Missouri Veterinary School. Test scores greater than 3 years are not acceptable. Results must be reported by February 1.

3. Students
Approximately 500 students are currently enrolled in the four year DVM program.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2014-2015 tuition rates for the DVM degree

In State Tuition:
$89,616 ($22,404/year)
Out of State Tuition:
$205,904 ($51,476/year)

Total for Books and Supplies: $10,902
Total for Room & Board: $39,626
Total for Personal Expenses and Transportation: $29,360 ($7,340/year)

5. Accreditation
University of Missouri Veterinary School was given
full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next full review by the AVMA is scheduled for 2013.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in
Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate Colorado State University Veterinary School: 100% (Class of 2012)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
University of Missouri Veterinary School was ranked #19 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Veterinary medicine began in 1884 at the University of Missouri. In 1885, a vaccine-virus laboratory was built; the first in the U.S. The professional curriculum for the DVM was first started in 1946 and the first class of 26 students graduated in 1950. The teaching hospital was built in 1961.

8. Transfer Students


The University of Missouri Veterinary School is located in in the hills north of the Lake of the Ozarks in Columbia which is located between Kansas City and St. Louis. Due to the nearness to two large metropolitan areas, the case loads for both small and large animals are quite strong. In addition, the school is located to rural areas provides both food animal and equine caseloads as well. 
Clydesdale Hall, the medical teaching hospital, was built in 1993 and remodeled in 2000 and again in 1998 as part of a multi-million dollar renovation to the veterinary school.


Admissions Information

Evaluation Basis

Academic Evaluation

Each applicant is given a score based on the following:

1. Cumulative GPA (20%) – minimum GPA is 3.0
2. Last 3 semester GPA (10%)
3. Average Undergraduate course load (6%)
4. MCAT/GRE Scores (4%) – For the GRE, a minimum combined score of 285 for the verbal and quantitative portions is required as well as a minimum of 1.5 on the analytical section. For the MCAT, a score of 15 or greater is needed.

Non Academic Evaluation

This score is 40% of the total score and is based upon the following desired applicant qualities.

• Experience with a variety of animal species
• Familiarity with veterinary profession
• Community minded and leadership abilities
• Effective communicator
• Time and stress management skills
• Have sincere motivation
• Realistic financial plans for education

Overall Impression

This represents 20% of the overall score and is assigned by the committee based upon both the academic and non academic characteristics.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 4)

At least one should be from a Veterinarian



Interviews will first be offered to MO applicants who have shown the following:

• Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater
• Have a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation – one from a veterinarian
• Attained the minimum test scores as specified above
• After the MO resident interviews and a preliminary review of non-resident applicants, approximately 200 non-resident applicants will be invited for interviews.

Acceptance Rate
10.5% (120 accepted out of 952 applicants – 2012).

Out of the typical 120 of the accepted incoming students:

• 60 are for residents of Missouri
• 60 are for non-residents


• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• Interviews – between January and March
• GRE Score Deadline – Feb 1
• Acceptances Mailed – April

Before you Apply

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed. However, 60 semester credits are needed for admission. Most students accepted into the program have typically completed 120 semester hours.

All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a C- or better. Only two courses of the pre-requisite requirements may be pending in spring/winter semester prior to matriculation.


Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C- or better. All prerequisite course grades must be received by July 1 of matriculation year.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (minimum semester credits)

• Biological Science (10)
• Biochemistry (3) – requires Organic Chemistry Prerequisite
• Physics – comprehensive courses (5)
• College Algebra or Higher (3)

General Education Requirements (minimum semester credits)

• Social Science and/or Humanistic Studies (10)
• Composition and Speech (6)

Suggested In-Depth Courses

• Inorganic Chemistry
• Zoology and Botany

Suggested Electives

• Animal Nutrition
• Animal Reproduction
• Anatomy
• Animal Husbandry
• Physiology
• Business or Accounting
• Genetics
• Microbiology
• Psychology
• Statistics
• Cell Biology


Required Experience
Veterinary Experience
A minimum of 40 hours of veterinary observation is required. The experience can be in small or large animal practice, public health, laboratory animal medicine and research. This veterinarian should be included in one of the recommendation/evaluation reviewers.

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Total Applications………………………..952
Number of MO Residents…………………143
Number of Non-Resident……………….…….809
Mean cumulative GPA………………………..3.72
Mean Age……………………………………….……..23
Male to Female Ratio…………..28:92 (0.304)


Degrees Offered


• Online Veterinary Biomedical Technology


• Biomedical Sciences
• Clinical Sciences
• Veterinary Pathobiology


• Biomedical Sciences

Dual Degree Programs

• Various dual degrees offered