Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine

The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked #23 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

According to their website, “The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine captures a unique balance of world class research in animal and public health, high quality learning experiences and cutting edge medical care, all with a family-like atmosphere. Mississippi State graduates excel in their careers, whether that path leads to a small town practice, research laboratory or an international program. Our faculty are national and international leaders in their fields and are committed to providing excellent veterinary education, advancing research in veterinary medicine and biomedical fields and serving the community through cutting edge diagnostics, clinical care and shared learning.”

The Mississippi State Veterinary School has three departments:

1. Basic Sciences
2. Clinical Sciences and Animal Health Center
3. Pathobiology and Population Medicine (PPM)

Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine


Office of Student Admissions
Phone(662) 325-9065
[email protected]
Website: www.cvm.msstate.edu

Mississippi State University
College of Veterinary Medicine 
240 Wise Center Drive,
Mississippi State, MS 39759


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 1st.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute. GRE scores must be taken no later than August 15 and results must be reported by October 1. The GRE must have been taken within the past three years.

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

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost 
Based on 2012-2013 tuition rates for the DVM degree

In State Tuition: $72,045 ($8,005/semester)
Out of State Tuition:
 $172,044 ($19,116/semester)

The fourth year of study is a 3-semester year.

5. Accreditation
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine was given
 full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next full review by the AVMA is scheduled for 2014. 

6. School Rank
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked #23 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Mississippi State Veterinary School was established in 1974 and the first class graduated in 1981. The schools awards DVM degrees, Master degrees, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. 

8. Transfer Students
Mississippi State Veterinary School accepts transfer students on a limited basis. 


Admissions Information

The typical size of the first-year class at MSU-CVM is 85 students.

Evaluation Basis

The minimum overall GPA is 2.8, 2.8 required math/science courses.

• Grades
• Quality of academic program
• Test scores
• Animal/veterinary experience
• Interview
• References (3 required, one by a veterinarian)
• Application (includes personal statement)

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

  • Veterinarian (at least one is required)
  • Other LORs can be completed by veterinarians, researchers, professors, employers or other individuals who can attest to the candidate’s qualities

Letter of Recommendation should be submitted electronically directly to Veterinary Medical College Application Service and not to MSU-CVM.


• Application Deadline – Oct 1
• GRE Scores – Oct 1
• Interviews – January and February


Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C or better.

Prerequisite Courses (minimum semester credits)

• Writing – English composition suggested (6)
• *Speech or technical writing (3)
• Math (College algebra is minimal level) (6)
• Biological Sciences with labs for science majors (8)
• Microbiology course with lab for science majors (4)
• **Advanced Science Electives (12)
• ***Physical Sciences (25)
• Any combination of Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts (15)

*A fundamentals of public speaking course OR a Jr/Sr level technical writing course

**may include junior, senior, and/or graduate level courses in the areas such as: Biochemistry, Quantitative analysis, Genetics, Nutrition, Calculus, Parasitology, Comparative zoology, Statistics, Molecular biology, Cellular physiology, Immunology, Physical chemistry, Embryology, Zoology, Differential equations, Histology, Comparative anatomy, Physics, Microbiology, Animal physiology.

Departmental science-based junior, senior, and/or graduate level courses may also be used to meet the advanced science electives.

***inorganic chemistry with labs (8), organic chemistry with labs (8), biochemistry (3), physics, may be trig based (6).


Degrees Offered

Graduate & PhD

• Veterinary Medical Science

Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available.