When evaluating an applicant, the CVM Admissions
Committee considers both academic and non-academic
qualities. Committee members ask themselves: How likely is it that this
applicant will be able to successfully complete our rigorous,
science based veterinary curriculum? To answer this question the applicant's academic indices (i.e., cumulative
GPA, science GPA, last 45-semester hour GPA, prerequisite GPA,
grades in upper division science courses, course load per semester,
and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores) and record of academic honors, scholarships, etc.
Completed applications are immediately placed into one of three
categories, or tiers, based upon the following criteria:
||Overall GPA *
||Science GPA **
* Overall undergraduate GPA. Initial evaluation of GPA will not include fall
term grades. Fall term grades should be submitted as soon as grades are
posted and will be used in the final evaluation.
** Science GPA will include all physical sciences, mathematics, and
biological sciences courses (see Prerequisites).
*** GRE percentile is calculated by averaging the percentile rank from the
three sections of the general test (composite score). If an application
contains more than one set of GRE scores, the committee will consider the
highest section score. Only GRE scores received by the admissions office at
the time of initial academic evaluation will contribute to Tier assignment.
- Tier I applications contain excellent academic records
based upon these GPA and/or GRE criteria. Initially, we assume that, generally
speaking, a student with a previous record of academic
excellence is more likely to be able to successfully
complete our program than one with a less excellent
record. Many Tier I applicants tend to be invited to participate in a personal interview.
- Tier II applicants have good academic records based upon
their academic indices. In deciding whether a given Tier II
application warrants further review, the academic record is
thoroughly evaluated to determine if factors, such as
academic rigor, work responsibilities, and family
commitments, might have contributed to a more modest
performance. Fewer Tier II applicants are invited for an
- Tier III applications are those in which the GPA and GRE
score do not support a presumption of academic success.
While these records are very closely scrutinized for
evidence to support an argument for extenuating
circumstances, fewer Tier III applicants tend to be invited
for an interview.
Pre-professional coursework in the physical and biological sciences, outlined as prerequisites, and the GRE
pertains to all students. Ensuring that all prerequisites have been completed no later than the spring
semester of the application year is solely the responsibility of the applicant. A list of WSU
prerequisite courses, equivalencies of which may be met at other institutions, can be found
here. Note: Students who
participate in the Combined DVM/Honors College must fulfill all requirements that apply to these individual
programs, such as completing the baccalaureate degree, honors thesis, etc., prior to the awarding of the
The fundamental question the committee poses to evaluate an
applicant's non-academic qualities is, >Does the applicant
possess the qualities of a good veterinarian? In order to
answer this question, the committee considers various
non-academic criteria, such as work ethic, knowledge of
the profession, motivation, compassion, integrity, leadership
and communication skills, and desire to contribute to society.
The committee will also assess an applicant's
resiliency, willingness to accept responsibility, maturity, and
breadth of experience. The following paragraphs describe
components of the application that are used by the committee to
evaluate these criteria.
- The Veterinary Experience and Animal Experience
Veterinary experience provides a basic knowledge of the veterinary profession through closely
observing the role of the various members of the health care team in a traditional practice setting.
Participating in biomedical research, public health, academic medicine, regulatory medicine, or industry
can enhance an applicant's appreciation for the breadth of the veterinary profession. The committee also
takes involvement in seminars, practica, and other veterinary professional activities into account.
Veterinary medicine is an animal health and production oriented profession. The Admissions
Committee considers animal experience to be an important preparation for the curriculum. Animal
experience includes such things as breeding, rearing, feeding, and showing various species of
companion animals, livestock, laboratory animals, zoo animals, or wildlife.
- Employment Experience
This information helps the committee better understand time
commitments an applicant has beyond the classroom, as well as gives some insight into the applicant's
work ethic. Both full-time and part-time work experience should be included in this section of the
application as it helps the Admissions Committee with a composite evaluation of an applicant.
- Honors & Awards and Community Activity
Achievements, leadership ability, and
participation in academic and other activities will be evaluated carefully. This includes extracurricular
activities such as collegiate clubs, service organizations, sports or other interest-based activities.
Community service activities are viewed as an indication of an applicant's desire to contribute to
society. These activities need not be directly affiliated with veterinary medicine. The applicant
should clearly and succinctly describe their level of participation in these activities.
- Letters of Recommendation
Each applicant should obtain a minimum of three evaluations
to help the admissions committee assess their personal traits. Students, however are allowed to submit
up to six letters of recommendations. The best individuals for these evaluations are those who know the
applicant well enough to provide meaningful comments. An evaluation from a veterinarian with whom
the applicant has interacted fairly extensively is required. Another required letter is from person in
academia who could speak to the student's academic ability. Other evaluations should come from individuals
who can evaluate the oral and written communication skills as well as the scientific background of the
applicant. The CVM Admissions Committee reserves the right to check references for verification and accuracy.
- Research Experience
The CVM Admissions Committee does value knowing about an
applicant's experience in the broad field of research. Since there is not a defined location for this
information on the VMCAS application, the WSU supplemental application does provide a section for applicants
to capture research experience. This experience does not have to be directly affiliated with veterinary
medicine, and research experience is NOT required for admission to the DVM program.
Each year, the CVM Admissions Committee is given the enormous
task of selecting top candidates from among a vast array of
highly qualified applicants. The committee seeks applicants who
will increase the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity
of the student body and the profession. Extenuating
circumstances such as extensive extracurricular work commitments
or family responsibilities are taken into consideration as well.
If you feel that you qualify in this category, please provide
information in the "Explanation" portion of the application.
Applicants may also have issues about which they are reluctant
to write in their veterinary school application. If so, these
candidates should feel free to contact the Director of
Admissions to discuss the matter.
- Personal Statement
The personal statement portion of the application is a
candidate's opportunity to make a case as to why you are the
best possible candidate for the DVM program at WSU. It is a
chance to set yourself apart from other candidates, give the
Admissions Committee background information that might not
otherwise be included in the application, explain special
situations or circumstances that have influenced you as a
person, and where you see yourself in the future.
- The Personal Interview
Non-academic evaluation of the top qualified applicants in the
Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah and out-of-area pools may
include a personal interview. WICHE-supported applicants are not
formally interviewed, but they are encouraged to visit the WSU
campus at any time. The interview consists of a 30 minute
personal interview with two to three members of the Admissions
Committee and a representative from the respective state
veterinary medical association (the Idaho, Washington, Utah or
Montana State Veterinary Medical Association). Two or three Admissions Committee members will conduct the
interviews for out-of-area applicants.
The personal interview will be used to clarify any issues
arising from the academic and non-academic evaluation. We will assess the applicant's maturity, motivation, communication
skills, knowledge of the profession, and desire to contribute to
society through veterinary medicine.
Washington State University and the University of Idaho prohibit
discrimination on the basis of race, sex (including sexual
harassment), religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic
origin, physical, mental, or sensory disability, marital status,
sexual orientation, and status as a Vietnam-era or disabled
veteran in the recruitment and admission of students, the
recruitment, employment, and retention of faculty and staff, and
the operation of all university programs, activities, and
After all information has been accumulated on qualified
applicants, the Admissions Committee will meet to decide which
applicants are best suited to enter the veterinary curriculum.
Academic and non-academic factors will be used to reach a
final decision. For Washington, Idaho, and out-of-area
applicants, this process will generate a group of admitted
students and a list of alternates who may receive offers of
admission at a later date. In the case of WICHE applicants, the
process will yield a ranked list of all applicants from each
sending state. Ranking of applicants from each WICHE state by
the regional colleges of veterinary medicine (Washington State
University, Oregon State University, Colorado State University
and UC Davis) helps determine which applicants are funded each
year and who are then made offers of admission.
AAVMC acceptance policy
The following resolutions was adopted at the July 21, 1997
business meeting in Reno, NV: "The AAVMC requests that all U.S.
Schools and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine honor and enforce
and acceptance date of April 15 for
all offers of admissions."
This statement was expanded by the Board of Directors to
include acceptance of all offers of scholarship and financial
aid in the April 15th deadline.
Approved by the AAVMC Assembly
July 21, 1997
Amended by the AAVMC Board of Directors
April 29, 2008