North Carolina Veterinary School

North Carolina Veterinary School is the newest veterinary program in the US and is already ranked #3!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital located in the Veterinary Health Complex treats roughly 20,000 patients each year. These cases provide opportunities for instruction to DVM students and for clinical trials. NCSU Vet School has an on campus working farm that also operates as an on-site teaching animal unit. This provides hands-on instruction and experience with large animals and farm equipment. North Carolina Veterinary School’s curriculum consists of two phases –preclinical and then clinical. The first pre-clinical phase lasts three years and consists of classroom education beginning with basic animal sciences and progresses to more clinical applications.

The North Carolina Veterinary School program focuses on six areas:

1. Companion Animal Medicine
2. Food Supply Medicine
3. Biomedical Research
4. Ecosystem Health
5. Equine Medicine
6. Animal Welfare

Each semester of the first phase of the curriculum includes two “selectives” which are one week each. The final year takes place with hands-on clinical experience and is organized as a “block system”. Blocks are comprised of either 2-week or 1 month segments. These clinical segments may take place on campus or off-campus.

North Carolina Veterinary School


Student Services Office
Phone: (919) 513-6262
Fax: (919) 513-6197
Email: [email protected]

NC State Vet School
College of Veterinary Medicine
1060 William Moore Drive
Po Box 8401
Raleigh, NC 27607


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications to the North Carolina Veterinary School are due October 2nd.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute. The test must have been taken within the 5 years immediately preceding application deadline. Results must be electronically reported by October 2.

3. Students
312 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: $71,344 ($17,836/year)
Out of State Tuition:$168,956 ($42,239/year)

Total for Books and Supplies:
Total for Room & Board: $56,328
Total for Personal Expenses and Transportation: $25,156 ($6,289/year)

5. Accreditation
NC State Vet School was given full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next site visit scheduled is 2014.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate for NC State Vet School:100% (Class of 2011)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
NCSU Vet School was ranked #3 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
NC State Vet School was founded in 1979 and the first graduating class was in 1985. It is the newest vet school in the nation, but already has a great reputation.

8. Transfer Students

9. Facilities
NC State Vet School is located on 180 acres near downtown Raleigh and includes over 20 buildings on the main Biomedical Campus.

The Veterinary Health Complex is over 110,000 square feet and includes the following:

• a Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center (one of the largest in the nation),
• an Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center,
• Veterinary Health and Wellness Center, and
• Satellite and Field Veterinary Services



Admissions Information

Admissions Formula

Admissions is a two-phase process at the North Carolina Veterinary School. Phase 1 is Subjective. Phase 2 is Objective.


Phase 1

• Overall GPA – 3.0 NC Resident; 3.4 Non-resident
• Pre-requisite GPA – 3.3 NC Resident; 3.4
• Non-resident
• Last 45 Credits GPA – 3.3 NC Resident; 3.4
• Non-resident
• GRE Test Score
• Supplemental Application

Phase 2

Applicant Review by Committee to include:

• Veterinary Experience
• Animal Experience
• Letters of Recommendation
• Personal Statement
• Educational Experience
• Diversity
• Extracurricular/Community Activities

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

• Veterinarian (at least 2 are required)
• Other of student’s choice


Acceptance Rate

15% (100 accepted out of 662 applicants – Fall 2012). Priority is given to NC residents. Out of the typical 100 of the accepted incoming students: 80 are for residents, 20 are for non-residents.


• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• GRE Score Deadline – Oct 2
• Supplemental Application Deadline – Oct 5 at 1:00 pm EST
• Acceptances Mailed – no later than April 1

Before you Apply

If you plan on applying to North Carolina Veterinary School, you will need to complete all but two courses by the end of the fall semester of the application cycle. 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 North Carolina Veterinary School. Pre-requisite classes do not have a time limit or expiration; 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. All but two of the required courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester of the
application cycle.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (in semester hours)

• Biology 1 OR 2 and lab (4)
• Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs (8)
• Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs (8)
• Biochemistry (3)
• Microbiology and lab (4)
• Physics I and II and labs (8)
• Animal Nutrition (3)
• Genetics (3 or 4)
• Calculus or Logic (3)
• Statistics (3)

General Education Requirements

• Humanities and Social Sciences (6)
• English (6) – any combination of these courses – Composition & Writing, Public Speaking, Communications


Required Experience

Veterinary Experience
Veterinary medical experience is required to apply to North Carolina Veterinary School.
minimum of 400 hours prior to application is needed. Experience can be a part of clinical, medical, agribusiness, health science or medical related scientific research experience. It is recommended that the experience include supervised work in three or more areas. The experience will be evaluated on the work performed, diversity, and length of experience.

Animal Experience
This includes any experience with animals that does not fall into the supervised veterinary experience described above. For example, breeding or showing animals, working at a zoo, animal shelter, working with livestock, equestrian activities, etc.
This is evaluated in a similar manner as veterinary experience.

Other Achievements
Also valued as part of your application is overall animal/veterinary knowledge, experience, overall motivation and maturity, a personal statement, and extracurricular activities.


Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Total Applications………………………..662

Number of NC Residents………………….191

Number of Non-Resident……………………..471

Mean cumulative NC Resident GPA……3.68

Mean cumulative Non-Resident GPA….3.84

Mean science NC Resident GPA……….3.66

Mean science Non-Resident GPA……..3.84

Last 45 hr NC Resident GPA……………….3.76

Last 45 hr Non-Resident GPA………….3.89

Mean NC Resident GRE…………………1170

Mean Non-Resident GRE……………….1275

Male:Female Ratio……………..20/76 (0.26)

Degrees Offered


• Veterinary Public Health
• Specialized Veterinary Medicine
• Comparative Biomedical Sciences
• Fisheries & Wildlife
• Immunology
• Physiology


• Comparative Biomedical Sciences
• Fisheries & Wildlife
• Immunology
• Physiology

Dual Degree Programs