Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences is committed to student-centered, lifelong learning. Read on to see how this can help you with your DVM degree! 

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The DVM program at Western University of Health Sciences is a standard 4-year program. Western University Vet School uses a problem-based approach. The curriculum includes wellness care, primary and tertiary care, client communication, collegial exchange and business training. Students receive clinical exposure at the onset of the program and throughout. Year 1 and 2 focus on basic sciences and its clinical application. In Year 3, the knowledge gained is applied in clinicals under supervision. The final year includes off-campus clinicals.

Facilities

Western University of Health Sciences is located in Pomona, California. The campus is over 22 acres. The vet program’s facilities include problem-based learning rooms, labs, multidisciplinary classrooms, two companion animal wellness center, and diagnostic laboratories.

 

Western University of Health Sciences

Contact

Office of Admission
Phone: (909) 623-6116
Fax: (909) 469-5570
Email: admissions@westernu.edu
Website: http://www.westernu.edu/veterinary/

Western University of Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
309 East 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1854

 

Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE or the MCAT is required. GRE scores must be no older than five years old. Results must be reported by October 15.
3. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2014-2015 tuition rates for the DVM degree

Tuition: $197,225 ($49,595/1st-3rd year, $48,440/4th year)
• Total for Books & Supplies: $5,957 ($1,489/year)
• Total for Room & Board/Personal: $70,039 ($17,509/year)

5. Accreditation
Western University of Health Sciences was given
full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next visit will be in 2012.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in
Good Standing: 80%

NAVLE pass rate at Western University Vet School:97% (Class of 2012)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School History
Western University Vet School is a fairly new veterinary school and admitted its first class in 2003.

7. Transfer Students
Not Accepted

 

Admissions Information

Eligibility
Each applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 for all of the following:

• Cumulative
• Science Prerequisites
• All Prerequisites

Evaluation Basis
The Selections Committee evaluates applicants based upon the following:

• Academics
• GRE/MCAT
• Animal Experience
• Letters of reference
• Interview
• Communication skills

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

 

Acceptance Rate
12% (105 accepted out of 872 applicants – 2014).

 

Timetable

• Application Deadline – October 2 at 1:00 EST
• Supplemental Application Deadline – October 15 11:59 PST
• Interviews – January – February
• Acceptances Mailed – March

 

Before you Apply

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed. All pre-requisite courses must be completed
within the past 8 years.

 

Pre-requisite Course Requirements

All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C or better. All prerequisite course grades must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (minimum semester credits)

• Microbiology (3)
• Genetics or Molecular Biology (3)
• Organic Chemistry with lab (3)
• Biochemistry (3)
• Upper Division Physiology (3)
• Upper Division Biological & Life Sciences with lab (9)
• Physics I and II with labs (6)
• Statistics (3)

General Education Requirements (minimum semester credits)

• Humanities/Social Sciences (9)
• Composition (3)
• Speech / Communication (3)
• Psychology or Sociology (3)

 

Required Experience

Veterinary and Animal Experience
A minimum of 500 hours of animal experience is required. These experiences must be more than observation. Experiences may include veterinary practices, animal medical environments, commercial animal production operations, regulatory animal control and humane shelters, animal entertainment and animal research institutions. All 500 hours must be completed by July of year of matriculation.

 

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Total Applicants…………………………………… 748

Total Interviewed Applicants……………… 262

Mean cumulative GPA………………………… 3.32

Mean Prerequisite GPA……………………… 3.41

Mean Prerequisite Science GPA………… 3.26

Verbal Mean………………………………………… 493

Quantitative Mean……………………………… 640

Analytical Mean………………………………… 4.00