Becoming a veterinarian can be a challenging road that requires perseverance, service, and academic rigor. There are 30 schools or colleges of veterinary medicine (CVMs) in the U.S. that are accredited or have accreditation pending. Admission to veterinary school is extremely competitive, and veterinary schools review a candidate’s eligibility on multiple factors such as GPA, standardized exam scores, and service and volunteer experience. Pre-Vet is considered an area of interest, in addition to your chosen major. Veterinary schools accept a variety of majors, as long as a student fulfills all requirements for admission.
Grades are important to gaining admission, but you could have a 4.0 and still not get into veterinary school. You should plan on earning a 3.5+ GPA to be considered.
Prerequisites vary from program to program. Please review the Summary of Course Prerequisites provided by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) for more details.
Students planning to apply to the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, should review their specific prerequisites.
Service & Volunteerism
Veterinarians and other health care professionals are expected to perform community service while in school. The Pre-Health Professions Office can assist you in researching service and volunteer opportunities; following are a few local opportunities.
What Entrance Exam is Required and When Should I Take It?
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required by most veterinary schools, while some also require the Biology GRE. Some programs will accept the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in place of the GRE. Testing and application deadlines vary by program. Visit the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) for details.
How Do I Apply?
Review the application overview and resources provided by the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) for details.