Tufts Veterinary School

Tufts Veterinary School has pioneering academic programs, high-quality clinical care services and original research which has brought national and worldwide acclaim. Read on to see why!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

There are three Veterinary Teaching Hospitals at Tufts Veterinary School: The Hospital for Large Animals, The Hospital for Small Animals, and The Tufts Wildlife Clinic. Tufts Veterinary School has two programs which are not typical of vet schools – an International Veterinary Medicine program and a Wildlife Medicine program. Tufts University Veterinary School is a traditional 4-year program plus one summer of full-time clinical training. Tufts Veterinary School is located an hour west of Boston, Massachusetts on a campus that is over 590 acres.  Students are suggested to complete a research thesis.

1. The first year includes basic biomedical sciences and the basic structural and functions in normal animals via traditional lectures and laboratories.

2. The second year focuses on the diseased animal and the effects on the animals organs. Students are also introduced to clinical and imaging basics.

3. The third year provides a basis in clinical medicine and diagnosis, prognosis and management. At the end of the third year, students can take a two week period of advanced courses.

4. The final year includes clinical rotations.

Tufts Veterinary School


Office of Admissions
Phone: (508) 839-7920
Email: [email protected]

Tufts University
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due November 1st.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute. The test must have been taken within five years of the application deadline. The last acceptable test date is October 31.

3. Students
Approximately 96 students are enter the four year DVM program annually.

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

In State Tuition: $172,464 ($43,116/year)
Out of State Tuition:
$191,864 ($47,966/year)

5. Accreditation
Tufts Veterinary School was given
full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The last site visit was in March 2012 and the next site visit scheduled is 2019.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate for Oregon State Veterinary School: 99% (Class of 2012)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
Tufts University Veterinary School was ranked #13 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Tufts Veterinary School was founded in 1978 and its first class graduated in 1983. It is named after William S. Cummings who provided Tufts Vet School with a $50 million donation for expansion of the school in 2005.

8. Transfer Students


Admissions Information


• Academic record
• Veterinary, animal and/or health science experience
• Letters of Evaluation
• Two essays
• Extracurricular and community activities, leadership, employment
• Potential for contribution and advancement
• Interview

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

1. Veterinarian
2. Pre-vet, pre-medical, or –re-health professions committee, dean, advisor or faculty in major
3. Faculty member in student’s major or one who taught a required science course

Two Essays are a Part of the Application


Acceptance Rate
14% (97 accepted out of 702 applicants – Class of 2015). Massachusetts residents typically consist of one-third of each class.


• Application – November 1
• Interviews take place in December and February
• Acceptances Mailed –March

Before you Apply
A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; but completion of 90 semester hours is necessary prior to beginning the DVM program at Tufts Veterinary School.


Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling but do not need to be completed by the application deadline.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (semesters)

• General Biology 1 and 2 and labs (2)
• General (Inorganic) Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs (2)
• Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs (2)
• Physics 1 & 2 (2)
• Biochemistry (1)
• Math (2)
• Genetics, unless included in General Biology (1)

General Education Requirements (semesters)

• Social and Behavioral Sciences (2)
• English (2)
• Humanities and Fine Arts (2)

Required Experience
Veterinary Experience
A specific amount of veterinary medical experience is not required. However, the experience must show a variety of practice areas. The experience may include veterinary, research, agricultural, biomedical and human health. 
The number and variety of school and community activities is also considered as part of the student’s application. This includes committees, leadership, and employment that may not be animal-related.

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Total Applications…………………………766
Number with Advanced Degrees…………..13
Mean cumulative GPA…………………………3.64
Average GRE Verbal Score…………………….160
Average GRE Quantitative Score………….158
Average Analytical Writing Score………….4.5
Mean Age………………………………………………..24
Male/Female Ratio……………………12/84 (0.14)


Degrees Offered


• Animals and Public Policy
• Conservation Medicine


• Biomedical Sciences


• Combined DVM-MS in Comparative Biomedical Sciences
• Combined DVM-MS in Laboratory
• Animal Medicine Program
• Combined DVM-MPH