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Admissions Requirements

North American Applicants | International Applicants | Transfer ApplicantsGraduate Record Exam | Notification | Application Deadline

The Admissions Committee at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) considers the following information when selecting students for admission to the DVM program:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • GRE exam or MCAT (if applicable)
  • GPA in pre-requisite coursework
  • Competitiveness of the undergraduate school and curriculum
  • Pre-veterinary committee evaluation or two letters of recommendation
  • Experience working with animals
  • Personal essay
  • Personal interview

If English is not your primary language, or if you did not complete your undergraduate degree at a postsecondary institution where courses were taught in English, you will be requested to provide RUSVM with your official record of scores for one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT – minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test
  • IGCSE English (First language) Grade B—International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic – 67
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 185

Note: if you are an international applicant, please check our international page to view specific admissions requirements by country.

North American Applicant Prerequisites

RUSVM requires a minimum of 48 credits of college work, but strongly recommends that you complete your undergraduate program. Pre-requisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old. The coursework should include the following:

Two semesters of Biology (eight semester hours) with laboratory.

Cell Biology or Genetics
One course of either Cell Biology or Genetics (three semester hours); laboratory is recommended but not required.

Chemistry (General or Inorganic)
Two semesters of Chemistry (eight semester hours) with laboratory.

One semester (three semester hours).

One semester of Physics (four semester hours) with laboratory.

One semester of college-level mathematics (three semester hours) to be chosen among pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics.

One semester of English (at least three semester hours), preferably to include one semester of English Composition. Canadian students may satisfy English requirements in 4 possible ways: (1) 2 semesters of University humanities where essays composed at least 40% of the overall mark, (2) those holding a grade 13 English credit in Ontario, (3) International Baccalaureate and (4) Advanced Placement English.

Electives/Humanities/Social Sciences

Nine semester hours; one of the courses to meet this requirement must be one of the following:

  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Spanish (or other foreign language)
  • Public Speaking
  • Introduction to business

*Substitutions and/or exceptions are made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Admissions Dean and Faculty Admissions Committee.

International Applicant Pre-Requisites

Applicants will be evaluated based on grades achieved during their coursework, and will be expected to have undertaken general university-level science training after Year 13 of the school program.

Bachelor of Science (BSc): Applicants who have completed a BSc must have achieved at least an upper second class honours (2:1).

A Levels: Applicants possessing A-Level or similar courses should achieve the following PLUS complete at least one year of an appropriate biological science programme at the university level with good grades achieved:

Three A levels ABB-BBB, including Biology and Chemistry at A level and one other A level approved for a veterinary degree. If Physics and Maths have not been taken at A level, the candidate must have good passes in Physics and Maths at GCSE level.

Scottish Highers: Applicants should achieve the following in Year 12 PLUS have completed at least two years of an appropriate biological science programme at the university level with good grades achieved OR BB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and Biology plus one year of an appropriate science programme at the university level, with good grades achieved.

Five Highers AABBB/C. Must have Chemistry and two of Biology, Maths, Physics, plus two other subjects. Must have good standard grade passes in each of Biology, Maths and Physics.

International Baccalaureate (IB): Applicants should achieve the following PLUS complete at least one year of an appropriate biological science programme at the university level with good grades achieved.

The minimum entry is 32-36 points. Must include higher level in Chemistry, Biology, and either Maths or Physics. If Physics does not form part of the IB diploma, candidates must possess GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

Transfer Applicants

Students who have completed a portion of the curriculum at another approved school of veterinary medicine may apply for admission with advanced standing. Such transfer applicants must present evidence of completion of courses (or their equivalent) at a school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA, comparable to those offered in the Pre-clinical Curriculum of Ross University.  Additionally, transfer students must meet all the requirements for admission to Ross University; namely they should have earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an American, Canadian, or other international recognized college or university. Occasionally applicants qualify for admission upon completion of 90 credits (ie, three fulltime years) of post-secondary studies.

Placement at Ross University is determined by the Academic Promotions Committee and the Dean, and will depend on the courses already completed.  Credit will not, however, be given for more than the first four semesters of study. Transfer students must take all the courses offered for the semester they are admitted and may be required to repeat part or all of the curriculum. All transfer students must spend a minimum of seven semesters of study enrolled at Ross University.

Pre-requisites for Transfer Applicants

For candidates who have not successfully completed the basic sciences, the level of placement in the curriculum will be determined by the Admissions Committee in consultation with the Promotions Committee.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Students are required to submit GRE scores with the application. The committee will use the scores to assist in the admissions decision. Any applicant who took the test more than one time must submit all the results prior to enrollment. The RUSVM code number is # 2639.

PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541

Work Experience

Applicants must complete the equivalent of at least 150 hours of Veterinary Profession experience, working with animals or veterinary research. It is preferable that all such experience has taken place under the supervision of practicing veterinarians, but comparable experience may be considered.

Personal Interview

Applicants whose credentials are judged to be indicative of successful completion of the prescribed curriculum will be invited for an interview. The interview is often conducted within two to four weeks after initial application materials have been received.

Your personal interview helps the admissions committee assess your overall personal and academic background, maturity, adaptability, character, aptitude, and most importantly, your motivation to become a veterinarian. Please be aware that being granted an interview is not a guarantee of acceptance, though it does play a significant part in the decision by the Admissions Committee.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit two official letters of recommendation, which become the property of RUSVM:

  • One academic letter from a pre-health or pre-vet professor acquainted with the applicant's academic ability or a recommendation from a college pre-health or pre-vet advisory committee;
  • One professional letter from a veterinarian acquainted with the applicant's veterinary experience.

All letters must be on proper letterhead with contact information included and sent directly from the recommender to the RUSVM Admissions Office.


Persons whose applications are incomplete, or whose qualifications are not acceptable, will be notified. The Admissions Committee's decision is communicated by letter to the applicant as soon as possible. Three Decision possibilities:

  • Acceptance
  • Accepted Wait List
  • Vet Prep Program
  • Denial

The Vet Prep program is designed to promote self-directed learning that will prepare students to meet the rigorous demands of the veterinary medicine curriculum.
Learn more about the Vet Prep Program and how it prepares our students >>

Application Deadline

Since we operate under rolling admissions, there are no application deadlines. We continue to accept applications for each semester until all seats are filled. In the event that all seats are filled before an applicant receives a decision, the application is automatically considered for the next available semester.

Policy on Non-discrimination

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, or age in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. RUSVM is committed to ensuring that qualified students with disabilities are afforded reasonable accommodations. No qualified individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in services, programs, or activities of RUSVM.


Accommodations for students with disabilities are available. Students with special requirements are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services at RUSVMAccommodationsCoordinator@rossvet.edu.kn or fax inquiries to: (877) 472-4940 as far in advance of starting classes as possible to arrange for a consultation.

Important Dates

Admissions Events
May 08 Summer Semester Starts
June 03 Toronto Information Seminar
September 04 Fall Semester Starts