Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a four-pronged approach – teaching, research, extension and patient care.   

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The DVM program at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine is a traditional and comprehensive 4-year program.  The first two years focus on a strong basic science background and prepares them  for clinical experiences in the final two years.  A variety of animal species and disciplines is part of the curriculum.  The final year, students spend time with private practitioners, other schools, research, and other experiences. Iowa Veterinary College is located in Ames, Iowa. This location is ideal because it is near the a major center of livestock producing areas – this provides a large number of food-animal and diagnostic cases.

Iowa State University Veterinary School has invested $120 million in the veterinary facilities including the Veterinary Medical Center.  The school is also home to the State Diagnostic Laboratory which is a world premier lab and provides a unique opportunity.

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine


Office of Admissions
: (515) 294-5337
Fax: (515) 294-8341
Email[email protected]

Iowa State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
2270 Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 3020
Ames, IA  50010-3020

Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due September 2nd for Iowa residents and October 2nd for non-residents.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute.  The new revised GRE is required.  The test must be taken prior to August 15 for Iowa residents and prior to September 15 for non-residents.  Results must be reported by the application deadline.

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

In State Tuition: $80,056  ($20,014/year)
Out of State Tuition:
 $179,072  ($44,768/year)

4. Accreditation
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine was given
 full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate Iowa State Vet School:
 99% (Class of 2010)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

5. School Rank
Iowa Veterinary College was ranked #17 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

6. School History
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1879 and was the first public veterinary college in the U.S.  The school’s facilities were expanded in 1912 and due to increasing demand after the war, the departments were expanded in 1933.  A new campus was constructed in 1976.

7. Transfer Students

Admissions Information

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 to apply to the program. 

Evaluation Basis
The Admissions Committee at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine looks at both quantitative and qualitative aspects of each applicant when considering them  for admission.  The following categories and weightings apply for the evaluation of each applicant.

GPA (35 percent)
This portion includes the required science course GPA and the last 45 credits GPA.  Both GPAs are weighted equally. 

GRE (10 percent)
The single test with the applicants best score is considered in this category.

Course load (5 percent)
In this category, the number of credits taken per term are considered. 

Admissions Committee Review (25 percent)
This is a fairly comprehensive category and includes the
applicants personal statement, recommendations, essays, extracurricular activities, animal and veterinary experience, employment, personal development, diversity and special circumstances, if applicable. 

Interview (25 percent)
Interviews are one hour long by a two person panel.  The interviews include discussion about experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities. 

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (minimum of 3, maximum of 6)

1. Veterinarian (at least one is recommended)

2. The remaining letters should be from those who have experience with the applicant and may be from an adviser, professor or employer.


Acceptance Rate
13.2% (150 accepted out of 1,124 applicants – 2010).  

Out of the typical 150 of the accepted incoming students:

• 60 are for residents of Iowa
• 45 are for contracts which include North Dakota, South Dakota, and Connecticut
• 35 are for non-residents



• IA Resident Application Deadline – September 2
• IA Resident GRE Score Deadline – September 4
• Application Deadline – October 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• GRE Score Deadline for non-residents – October 2
• Interviews held – November through January
• Acceptances Mailed – mid-February

Before you Apply 

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed.  All applicants must have completed 60 credits by the end of the spring term of matriculation. Science prerequisite course work that is completed over 8 years ago, may undergo review and additional information may be required.

Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C or better.  It is preferred that science prerequisite courses be completed by the end of the fall semester the year the student applies.  However, up to two science classes may be taken the spring term prior to matriculation.  All other pre-requisite courses must be completed by end of spring term prior to matriculation. 

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (minimum semester credits)

• General Chemistry I and II with lab (7)
• Organic Chemistry I and II with labs (7)
• General Biology I and II and labs (8)
• Biochemistry (3)
• Genetics (3)
• Physics I and lab (4)
• Anatomy and/or Physiology (3)

General Education Requirements (minimum semester credits)

• English Composition (6)
• Oral Communication (3)
• Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (8)


Required Experience
Veterinary Experience
A specific amount of veterinary medical experience is not required but highly recommended.  Experience may be voluntary or paid but must be completed under the supervision of a veterinarian.  The diversity, responsibility, and duration of experience is considered for each applicant.  Some “hands-on” and direct experience is considered ideal. 

Animal Experience
These experiences are also not required but recommended.  Supervision by a veterinarian is not required.  These experiences may include livestock, breeding, zoo work, or volunteering at an animal shelter.  Coursework or pet ownership is not acceptable.

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Class Size…………..………………………………… 149
Mean pre-requisite science GPA.………3.38
Mean cumulative GPA………………………… 3.59
Verbal Mean………………………………………… 156
Quantitative Mean……………………………….155
Analytical Mean…………………………………… 4.0
Male to Female Ratio……………………..36/113 (0.32)


Degrees Offered


• Biomedical Sciences
• Veterinary Clinical Sciences
• Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine
• Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine
• Veterinary Pathology

Dual Degree Programs