The University of Georgia Veterinary School

“Founded over 60 years ago, the University of Georgia Veterinary School educates vet students, provides medical treatment for animals and is committed to research.”

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine follow a four-year program of study. The first three years of the program integrate knowledge of the basic medical sciences with clinical application. The fourth year, however, focuses entirely on applying that knowledge in clinical situations. During these last 14 months of the program, students are given the flexibility to choose their concentration. Out of 32 clinical rotation choices, a student may choose to focus on either large or small animals, or choose a more general course of study.


The College of Veterinary Medicine is made up of clinics, offices, laboratories, and classrooms designed to meet the needs of the students, faculty, and staff.  The Teaching Hospital wing houses the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, classrooms, and the Veterinary Medical Reading Room. Additional space for maintaining animals is available at a nearby farm and at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center. The current Teaching Hospital, built in 1979, is one of the smallest in the states. However, UGA is working to raise $25M toward building a new Veterinary Medical Center which will include a new teaching hospital as well as additional classrooms and laboratories.

The University of Georgia Veterinary School


Admissions Department
Office for Academic Affairs

Admissions Officer: Lynette Chaparro
Phone: (706) 542-5728
Email: [email protected]

The University of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine AKA UGA Vet School
Athens, GA 30602-7372

Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
All applications are due
October 2 at 1:00 pm EST for Fall 2013.

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, 1:00 pm EST.

3. Students
There are 405 students in the DVM program at UGA Vet School.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
based on 2014-2015 tuition rates

GA Resident Tuition: $73,416 ($18,354 per year)
*Contract Tuition: $73,416 ($18,354 per year)
Nonresident Tuition: $110,800 ($27,700 per year)

**At Large Students: $184,216 ($46,054 per year)

*For students from Delaware and South Carolina who qualify for the SREB contract program: your state pays the SREB contract fee/non-resident contract fee.

**Applicants not verified as a Georgia resident for tuition purposes or who do not qualify for the Delaware or South Carolina contract program (“At Large” students) are required to pay veterinary student tuition and fees, as well as a non-resident contract fee, each and every year they are enrolled in the College. The number shown here is the total amount of tuition and fees, plus the non-resident contract fee.

5. Accreditation
The University of Georgia Veterinary School is
fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The next site visit scheduled is 2013.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate for University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine: 94% (2011-2012)
NAVLE = North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
The University of Georgia Veterinary School was ranked #9
by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
The University of Georgia Veterinary School graduated its first class of 44 students in 1950. The college began its teaching hospital in surplus WWII prefabricated buildings prior to the new facilities which were completed in 1951. In November, 2005 the second female dean of a College of Veterinary Medicine took office at UGA Vet School.

8. Transfer Students


Admissions Information

Admissions Procedures

• Program of Study
• Veterinary Experience
• Animal Experience
• References
• Employment History
• Personal Statement
• Extracurricular Activities

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

• Veterinarian (at least 1 is required)
• Other two should be from those who can evaluate your background fairly and judge veterinary potential

Acceptance Rate
18% (102 accepted out of 555 applicants – Fall 2012)

Out of the typical 102 of the accepted incoming students:

• 18 are for contract students (1 for Delaware and 17 for South Carolina)
• The remaining are a mixture of Georgia and non-resident, non-contract


• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• Supplemental Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• GRE Score Deadline – Oct 2
• Acceptances Mailed – mid-March

Before You Apply
If you plan on applying to University of Georgia Veterinary School, you will need to complete the pre-requisite courses by the spring term prior to entry. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater OR a combined GRE score of 1200 is required. A bachelor’s degree is NOT required. There is no required major when applying to UGA Vet School.

Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All pre-requisite courses should be completed with a C (2.0) or better prior to fall matriculation. In general, pre-requisite requirements cannot usually be met by online

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (in semester hours)

• Biology 1 & 2 and labs (8)
• Advanced Biology Courses – recommended: comparative anatomy, microbiology, cell biology, genetics (8)
• Inorganic Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs (8)
• Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs (8)
• Biochemistry (3)
• Physics I and II and labs (8)

General Education Requirements

• Humanities or Social Studies (14)
• English (6)

Required Experience
All University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine applicants
must have a minimum of 250 hours of veterinary experience. This experience must be under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. If the experience is not under direct supervision of a veterinarian, the experience is counted as ‘animal experience.’

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2015

Total Applications………………………..555
Number of Georgia Residents……………73
Number of West Virginia Residents………….4
Number of Contract Students……………….18
Number of Non-Resident/Non-contract….7
Mean cumulative GPA…………………..3.55
Mean science GPA……………………….3.44
Last 45 hr GPA……………………………………..3.59
Mean GRE………………………………..1137
Male:Female Ratio…………….24/78 (0.31)

Degrees Offered


• Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
• Avian Medicine
• Avian Health and Medicine
• Food Animal Medicine


• Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
• Physiology/Pharmacology
• Interdisciplinary Toxicology
• Infectious Diseases
• Veterinary Pathology
• Interdisciplinary Neuroscience

Dual Degree Programs

• DVM-MPH Veterinarians in Public Health
• DVM/PhD Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program