Washington State University Veterinary School

Washington State University Veterinary School is the leader in programs & promotion of emotional intelligence, leadership, & communication. Read on to see why!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Washington State University Veterinary School treats approximately 15,000 patients annually and has over two acres. The DVM program at Washington State University Veterinary School includes two years on the primary campus. The first year focuses on the normal animal and the second year is on diseases. The third year centers on medicine and surgery. The final year consists of clinical rotations. Washington State University Veterinary School is located in Pullman which is in the southeastern corner of Washington.

The Washington State University Veterinary School is comprised of six main buildings that house the various departments as well as the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the School for Molecular Biosciences and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Four of the buildings are joined.

Washington State University Veterinary SchoolContact

Office of Student Services
(509) 335-1532
[email protected]

Washington State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 647012
Pullman, WA 99164-7012


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 less than or equal to five years old. Results must be reported by October 2.

3. Students
Approximately 500 students are currently enrolled in the four year DVM program.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2012-2013 tuition rates for the DVM degree:

WA, ID, and WICHE (AZ, HI, MT, NV, NM, ND, WY) Tuition: $89,368 ($22,342/year)
Out of State Tuition: $214,584 ($53,396/year)

5. Accreditation
Washington State University Veterinary School was given
full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next review will be in 2017.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in
Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate Washington State University Veterinary School:
99% (Class of 2011)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
Washington State University Veterinary School was ranked #15 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Washington State University was founded in 1899.

8. Transfer Students

9. Facilities

Washington State Veterinary School has a partnership with Utah State University. Students accepted into this program complete their first two years at Utah State in Logan, Utah. This program is very similar to that taught at Washington State, where the student completes their last two years.


Admissions Information

Academic Criteria
Washington State University places applicants into one of 3 tiers based upon their academic qualities. An applicant is placed into a tier based upon one of the following:

Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3 Overall GPA > 3.53.2 – 3.5< 3.2
Science GPA> 3.73.5 – 3.7< 3.5 GRE %> 7560 – 74< 59

If placed into Tier 1, it is assumed that the applicant will successfully complete the DVM program at Washington State University Veterinary School. These applicants are typically invited to interview. If placed in Tier II, the committee evaluates the academics of the applicant more thoroughly to try and determine the cause for the modest performance. Some Tier II applicants are invited for interviews. If in Tier III, the records are very closely inspected to see if mitigating circumstances may have caused the below average performance. Few students from Tier III are invited to interview.

Non-Academic Criteria
In addition to past academic performance, Washington State University evaluates non-academic criteria to try and determine if the applicant possesses the qualities of a good veterinarian. These non-academic criteria include:

• Veterinary Experience and Animal Experience
• Employment Experience
• Honors & Awards and Community Activity
• Letters of Recommendation
• Research Experience
• Diversity/Adversity
• Personal Statement
• Interview

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6)

1) Veterinarian
2) Academician
3) Others should be from those who can evaluate communication skills and scientific background


Acceptance Rate
11.9% (126 accepted out of 1,052 applicants – 2012).

Out of the typical 126 of the accepted incoming students, approximately:

• 60 are for residents of Washington
• 11 are for residents of Idaho
• 25 are for non-residents
• At the Logan site – 20 are for Utah residents and 10 are for non-residents


• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• GRE Score Deadline – Oct 2
• Supplemental Deadline – Oct 9 at 5:00 pm PST
• Interviews held – January to February
• Acceptances Mailed – January to April

Before you Apply

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; however it is strongly recommended. Without a bachelor’s degree, the applicant’s educational background (strength and breadth) will be the basis of the academic evaluation and 64 semester credits are needed for admission.

There is no required major when applying to Washington State University Veterinary School.


Pre-requisite Course Requirements
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (minimum semester credits)

• Biology 1 and 2 with labs (8)
• Inorganic Chemistry 1 and 2 with labs (8)
• Organic Chemistry with lab (4)
• Genetics (3 or 4)
• Biochemistry (3)
• Physics I and lab (4)
• Statistics (3)
• Algebra –pre-calculus or higher (3)

General Education Requirements (minimum semester credits)

• Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and History (21)
• English Composition and Communication (6)

Additional Recommended Courses

• Mammalian Anatomy
• Physiology
• Immunology
• Computer Science
• Physics II
• Animal Science including Nutrition


Required Experience
Veterinary and Animal Experience
A specific amount of veterinary medical experience is not required but highly recommended. This type of experience provides a basic knowledge of the veterinary profession. Additional helpful experience includes biomedical research, public health, academic medicine, regulatocv ry medicine or industry.

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Total Applications……………………… 1,052
Number of WA, ID, UT Residents………… 237
Number of WICHE Contract Applicants… 182
Number of Non-Resident……………….……… 633
Mean cumulative GPA………………………….3.55
Verbal Mean…………………………………………..484
Quantitative Mean……………………………….. 597
Analytical Mean…………………………………….. 4.1
Mean Age……………………………………….……… 25
Male to Female Ratio………………29:97 (0.299)


Degrees Offered


• Veterinary Clinical Sciences
• Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology
• Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
• Neuroscience
• Molecular Biosciences


• Molecular Biosciences