UT Vet School

UT Vet School calls itself the Future of Veterinary Medicine. Read on to see if UT is in your future!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The first year of the 4-year DVM program at UT focuses on basic sciences to provide a strong foundation for the subsequent years. The second and third year concentrates on diseases. Throughout the curriculum, the Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine provides additional learning experiences. Each semester of years one and two includes a 6 week small group learning exercise. In year 2 and 3, students have 3 weeks of clinical in the Veterinary Medical Center. In years 3 and 4, UT provides electives that allow the student to focus on specific goals. The final year includes clinical rotations and externships.

UT Vet School


Admissions Office
(865) 974-7354
Fax: (865) 974-4773qqq

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University of Tennessee
College of Veterinary Medicine
2407 River Drive
Room A-104-C
Knoxville, TN 37996-4550


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. GRE scores must be from on or after November 1, 2008. Results must be reported by October 2.

3. Students
Approximately 400 students are currently enrolled in the four year DVM program.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2013-2014 tuition rates for the DVM degree

In State Tuition: $96,088 ($24,022/year)
Out of State Tuition:
$208,488 ($52,122/year)

5. Accreditation
Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine was given
full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next site visit is scheduled for 2015.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate at UT Vet School:
100% (Class of 2013)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School History
The University of Tennessee was established in 1794. UT Vet School was founded in 1974. The first class graduated in 1979 and had 40 students. The American Animal Hospital Association accredited the school in 1978 and the AVMA accredited the school in 1979.

7. Transfer Students
Not accepted

8. Facilities
UT Vet School is located in Knoxville, Tennessee which is located among the Appalacian foothills and is 45 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains. The UT Vet School is located on the 550-acre Agricultural campus along the Tennessee River. The Veterinary School’s campus consists of several main buildings including: 
Clyde M. York Medicine Building – teaching and research facilities, Veterinary Medical Center, W.W. Armistead Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Agricultural-Veterinary Medicine Library.


Admissions Information

Evaluation Procedure

The procedure is completed in two phases.

1) Academic evaluation. (70%)

2) Non-academic evaluation including interview. (30%)

The points for the academic portion (Phase 1) are calculated as follows:

• Cumulative GPA x 6
• Physical science course GPA x 12
• Biological and animal science GPA x 6
• Last 4 semester GPA x 4
• # of completed semester hours (varies between 1 and 6 points for 94 to 127 completed semester hours)
• Average course load per term (varies between 1 and 6 points for 15 to 20 hours)
• GRE (up to 10 points for scores of 500 to 800 for verbal and quantitative; up to 5 points for scores of 3.5 or more)

All non-residents of Tennessee must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Phase 2’s scores are based upon the interview, the applicant’s motivation, maturity, experience with animals, knowledge of veterinary profession, personal qualities, leadership potential, the personal statement, letters of reference and the application as a whole.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

It is recommended that one of these be by a veterinarian that the student has worked with.



Acceptance Rate
9.7% (83 accepted out of 858 applicants at UT Vet School – 2010).

Out of the typical 85 of the accepted incoming students:

· 60 are for residents of Tennessee

· A maximum of 25 are for non-residents




• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• Interviews – late March
• Acceptances Mailed – April 1

Before you Apply

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed. However, 66 semester credits are needed for admission. There is no time limit for the prerequisite course work; 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 prerequisite courses must be finished by end of spring semester of year of matriculation.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (minimum semester credits)

• General Biology or Zoology with lab (8)
• Cellular Biology (3)
• Genetics (3)
• Inorganic Chemistry 1 and 2 with lab (8)
• Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 with lab (8)
• Biochemistry with lab (4)
• Physics I and 2 with lab (8)

General Education Requirements (minimum semester credits)

• Humanities and Social Sciences (18)
• English Composition (6)


Required Experience
Veterinary and Animal Experience
A specific amount of veterinary medical experience is not required but highly recommended.

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2014

Total Applications…………………………858
Number of TN Residents………………….151
Number of Non-Resident……………….…….707
Mean cumulative GPA………………………..3.62
Mean GRE….………………………………………1,137
Male to Female Ratio…………..18:65 (0.277)


Degrees Offered


• Comparative and Experimental Medicine
• Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences
• Small Animal Clinical Sciences
• Large Animal Clinical Sciences


• Comparative and Experimental Medicine