Ohio State Veterinary School

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked #5 by US News and World Reports in 2011 and the only veterinary college in Ohio.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The Ohio State Veterinary School believes in a One Health Initiative. According to their official website, “‘One Health’ explores efforts to address the links between animal health, human health, and our environment. At Ohio State, the concept of one health allows us to address a triple threat to health in an integrated way. The College of Veterinary Medicine recognizes the importance of addressing issues in animal health, human health and environmental health. We are expanding several programs to meet the challenges in all three areas. The One Health Initiative is a national effort that is bringing together ‘collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.'”

The Ohio State Veterinary School has three departments:

1. Biosciences
2. Clinical Sciences
3. Preventive Medicine

The school follows the One Health, One Medicine philosophy that connects human, animal and environmental health. Ohio State Veterinary School is located in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State Veterinary School


Office of Admissions/Student Services
Phone(614) 292-1171
Fax: (614) 292-6989
Email[email protected]
Website: https://vet.osu.edu/

Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Columbus, OH 43210


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is permissible as a substitute. Verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing skills parts of the tests are required. GRE scores must be taken by September 30 and results must be reported by October 15. The GRE must have been taken within the past five years. 

3. Students
621 students are currently enrolled.

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

In State Tuition: $117,704 ($29,426/1st year)
Out of State Tuition: $253,312 ($64,578/1st year)

5. Accreditation
Ohio State Veterinary School was given full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next review by the AVMA is expected in Fall of 2020.

6. School Rank
Ohio State Veterinary School was ranked #5 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Ohio State Veterinary School was established in 1885 and the first class graduated in 1887. The curriculum covered three years from 1885 to 1914 and it was increased to four years in 1915. Since it’s establishment, Ohio State Veterinary School has graduated more than 8,500, with more than 7,200 DVM’s.

8. Transfer Students
Not Accepted


Admissions Information

The college admits 162 new veterinary students.

Evaluation Basis

When evaluating applicants for admission into the Alabama Medical Veterinary School the following items are considered:

• Academic record
• Test Scores
• Veterinary and Animal Experience
• Community Involvement and Extracurricular Activities
• Leadership Ability, Communication, and Interpersonal Skills

The most recent class had an overall GPA of 3.65.

Interviews are required.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

• Veterinarian (at least 1 is required)
• Other two should be from veterinarians, professors, employers, etc., who can evaluate your background fairly and judge veterinary potential


• Deadline for taking the GRE & MCAT – Sept 30
• Application Deadline – Oct 2
• GRE Scores – Oct 15
• Acceptance/Decline Decision – April 15


Pre-requisite Course Requirements

All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C or better. They do not accept for any science courses 10 years or older. However, If you are able to prove advanced coursework or career use of the scientific information that supports your mastery of the content covered in these courses, you may submit a letter of petition along with your application.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (minimum semester credits)

• General Chemistry, one year with laboratory (8-10)
• Organic Chemistry, one year (no lab required) (6-8)
• *Biochemistry, no lab required (3-4)
• Physics, one year with laboratory (8-10)
• Biology, one year with laboratory (6-8)
• Molecular Genetics (3-4)
• Microbiology, with laboratory (3-4)
• Mathematics (Algebra and Trigonometry) (4-6)

*At some institutions, the prerequisite for biochemistry is two semester/quarters of organic chemistry.

General Education Requirements (minimum semester credits)

• English Composition (3-4)
• *Humanities and Social Sciences (14)
• *Electives (8)

*Recommended Course Work: Writing/speech, Social Sciences, Humanities, Diversity/Ethics.

**Elective courses are at the student’s discretion, after consultation with an adviser. Recommended electives include embryology, immunology, anatomy, physiology, histology, animal science courses including nutrition.


Required Experience

Veterinary and Animal Experience

They no longer have a minimum number of experience hours required.


Graduate Programs & Degrees Offered

1. PhD and MS Program

2. Combined Residency/MS or PhD Program

• Veterinary Biosciences
• Veterinary Clinical Sciences
• Veterinary Preventive Medicine

3. Combined DVM/MS Program