Oregon Veterinary School

Read on to see how Oregon Veterinary School’s small class size and format provide an excellent forum for students!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Oregon State Veterinary School is divided into two departments – Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Sciences. The Biomedical Sciences department includes anatomy, physiology, immunology, pathology, clinical pathology, infectious diseases, and public health. The Clinical Sciences department includes internal medicine, surgery, theriogenology, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and rural practice. The program offers several optional two-week experiences including one at the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the coast, surgery experience at the Humane Society’s Animal Medical Learning Center and another at the Wildlife Safari Zoological Park.

The Oregon Veterinary School curriculum includes three years of required courses and electives. The fourth year is a ‘block’ system for clinical practice. Each block is two to four weeks long.

Oregon Veterinary School is located in Corvallis, OR – between Portland and Eugene. A new small animal clinic was opened in 2005 and renovations to the large animal clinic and classrooms finished in 2008. State-of-the-art equipment at Oregon State Veterinary School includes:

• a 64-slice CT scanner
• a 3D echocardio unit
• a small animal MRI
• high-speed treadmill for equine rehab
• small animal rehab and physical therapy facilities
• new laboratories

Oregon Veterinary School


Admissions Office
Phone: (541) 737-2098
Fax: (541) 737-2098
Email: [email protected]

Oregon State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Attn: Admissions
200 Madgruder Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-4801


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications 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
216 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: $89,160 ($22,290/year)
Out of State Tuition:
$171,072 ($42,768/year)

Total for Room & Board: $42,312 ($10,578/year)

5. Accreditation
Oregon Veterinary 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 Oregon State Veterinary School:
100% (Class of 2011)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
Oregon State University Veterinary School was ranked #25 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Oregon Veterinary School was established in 1975. A separate facility was constructed in 1980 and the first class graduated in 1983.

8. Transfer Students


Admissions Information

Admissions Criteria

Oregon State Veterinary School admits students who demonstrate the following criteria:

• High probability of successfully completing the program
• Possess qualities valuable in a veterinarian
• Have knowledge and understanding of the veterinary profession
• Can contribute to the cultural, geographic, professional, and economic diversity of the student body and profession

Academic Success

• GPA (no minimum required)
• Upper level science course quality and quantity
• Course load and performance (15 credit hours and above)
• GRE score
• Work and family demands during school
• Any special obstacles that the student has overcome

Veterinary Qualities

• Interpersonal skills
• Communication skills
• Compassion
• Integrity
• Maturity
• Motivation
• Diversity of interests and activities
• Leadership
• Civic and community mindedness

Veterinary Knowledge

• Veterinary and other animal experience
• Recommendations
• Potential to contribute
• Knowledge of varied roles of veterinarians

Please note that interviews are only held for Oregon residents, non-residents will not have interviews.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

• Veterinarian (at least 1 is required)
• Others of student’s choice – however, if currently in a graduate program, include letter from advisor


Acceptance Rate
11% (56 accepted out of 508 applicants – Class of 2014).

Out of the typical 48-56 of the accepted incoming students:

• 40 are for Oregon residents
• 8 to 16 are for non-residents


• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 12:00 pm EST
• Supplemental Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 12:00 pm EST
• GRE Score Deadline – Oct 2
• Supplemental Application Deadline – Oct 5 at 1:00 pm EST
• Interviews take place in mid to late February
• Acceptances Mailed – between February and March

Before you Apply
If you plan on applying to Oregon Veterinary School, you will need to complete all courses by July 1 the year that they are accepted. A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed. 
Prerequisite 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 pre-requisite courses must be completed by July 1 of the year the student is accepted into the program.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses

• General Biology 1 and 2
• General Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs
• Organic Chemistry 1 & 2
• Physics 1, 2, & 3
• Biochemistry
• Genetics
• Upper level biological science and lab such as additional biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, reproduction, cell biology, physiology, epidemiology, histology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, and virology
• Math – a course or sequence in college level algebra and trigonometry or higher level math
• Statistics

General Education Requirements (semester hours)

• Humanities and Social Sciences (8)
• English Composition (4)
• Public Speaking (2)


Required Experience

Veterinary Experience
Veterinary medical experience is not required at Oregon Veterinary School, however it is recommended. Experience can be a part of clinical, medical, agribusiness, health science or medical related scientific research experience.

Other Achievements
Also valued as part of your application is the quality and rigor of academic preparation, proof of desirable skills, knowledge, attitude and aptitude, animal and veterinary knowledge and interview.

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2014

Total Applications…………………………508
Number of NC Residents…………………….90
Number of Non-Resident………………………418
Mean cumulative GPA…………………………3.63
Mean science GPA……………………….3.57
Mean GRE…………………………………….69.3%
Male:Female Ratio……………….7/49 (0.14)
Average Age…………………………………………23.3


Degrees Offered


• Comparative Health Sciences
• Molecular and Cell Biology
• Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
• Zoology