College of Veterinary Medicine

FAQ: Admissions

What is the WSU Veterinary Curriculum like?

Do all of the prerequisites have to be completed before I submit my application?
No. While we prefer that applicants have a majority of all required coursework completed at the time of application, pending coursework may be completed throughout the application process. However, all required coursework must be completed prior to starting the DVM program, if admitted.

How do I know if my college courses satisfy the WSU CVM prerequisites?
We recommend contacting your academic advisor or academic instructors or visit our course comparison page for assistance regarding course equivalency. If you are an academic advisor and need additional assistance please contact us.

Are my chances of getting into the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine program better if I attend WSU as an undergraduate?
No. Qualified students have been accepted from academic institutions around the world. A student’s state of residency is a consideration, however. Of the 133 seats in a given year, ~60 will be filled by Washington state residents, 11 by Idaho state residents, and the remaining seats are offered to a combination of WICHE-funded and out-of-area students.

What if I have a disability?
The WSU program is committed to assisting students who have disabilities with reasonable accommodations. Students with concerns should contact the WSU Disability Resource Center.

How are applications from under-represented groups considered?
The program is sincerely interested in and committed to recruiting and admitting a highly-qualified, diverse student body. In keeping with this commitment, the Admissions Committee seeks to select students who are racially, ethnically, and experientially diverse.

If I am a non-traditional student and veterinary medicine is a second career choice, what should I do to start pursuing my new career choice?
To begin, you should verify if you have fulfilled any of the prerequisites or determine which courses you need to take. You should also build your experience hours, if you have not already. If you have not taken the GRE, or it has been more than five years since you took the test, you should study for and take the exam. Since each non-traditional student’s situation is unique, we encourage you to contact WSU CVM Student Services

What is the gender distribution in the veterinary program?
Entering classes for the past five years have included approximately 80% women and 20% men.

Can I take the VCAT or MCAT instead of the GRE?
No. We do not accept any substitutions for the general GRE exam.

Can I retake the GRE to improve my scores?
Yes. WSU will consider the highest score per section from exams taken within the five year period.

Is it appropriate to list religious activities on the application?
Yes, if they are relevant to one of the application sections. Many applicants will participate in service activities, national & international mission work and gain other life experience from participation in a belief system. Applicants should feel welcome to include this information where appropriate.

Do evaluations from influential people help?
These evaluations help no more than those from any other individual. Generally, the best evaluations are written by people who know the applicant well enough to provide candid and detailed information about his/her technical and non-technical abilities.

Should I apply for financial aid before I know if I have been accepted?
YES, DEFINITELY! Can I reapply if I don't get accepted to vet school? Yes. The average student accepted into the WSU CVM program has applied 1.76 times. If you are not successful with your application, you may request an evaluation of your application materials from the Director of Admissions before May 15th. Remember that you must submit a new application for each admission cycle.

Do I need to submit a new application the next year I wish to apply?
Yes. Applications are not carried over from year to year, so if you are unsuccessful and wish to be reconsidered for admission in a different year, you must submit a completely new VMCAS application, WSU supplemental application, as well as all new supporting materials (such as GRE scores, transcripts, evaluations, etc.).

Does WSU CVM accept transfer students from other veterinary programs?
Transfer is possible if open seats are available in the corresponding WSU DVM class. When you accept a veterinary program position, you should be prepared to remain in that program for its entirety as transferring is not a guarantee. If you are still interested in trying to pursue a potential transfer to WSU CVM please see the WSU CVM transfer request policy and information page.

Does the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine offer a veterinary technician program?
No. There are three Vet Tech programs in the state of Washington: Yakima Valley Community College, Pima Medical Institute and Pierce College. See National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA)

Where can I get further information about a career in veterinary medicine?
Visit Veterinary Careers, write to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 1931 North Meacham Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173-4360, or visit AVMA Career Brochures.

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