Ross Vet professor giving a lecture to their class
Ross Vet professor giving a lecture to their class

Ross Vet School Admission Requirements


Get the details on veterinary school requirements.

YOUR VET SCHOOL APPLICATION IS ABOUT MORE THAN NUMBERS


We take a holistic view of the admissions process.

Rossies are many things: adventurers, visionaries, changemakers — and a single grade or test score will never tell the whole story. That’s why we take a holistic approach to admissions.

From your undergraduate courses to field experience, academic transcripts to your personal essay, every piece of your application helps the admissions committee identify those who will thrive in our challenging and life-changing program.

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Coming from somewhere else? Ross Vet welcomes students from around the globe in advancing veterinary medicine and animal welfare. 

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VETERINARY SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS FAQS

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WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR VETERINARY SCHOOL?

Fortunately, most veterinary school requirements are similar across organizations and may include the completion of vet school prerequisites, official test scores, veterinary professional experience, and personal essay.

Ross Vet school requirements include completion of veterinary school prerequisites, a minimum of 48 credits of college work, completion of the equivalent of 150 hours of veterinary professional experience or veterinary research, official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores*, and proof of English proficiency if English is not your first language. For our international or transfer applicants, additional requirements may apply. We strongly recommend that you complete your undergraduate program.

We require a grade of C or better in all prerequisite coursework. Vet school prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old.

*Note: GRE scores are optional for incoming May 2021, September 2021, January 2022, May 2022, and September 2022 semesters.

Please review our full DVM admissions requirements above or download the guide to learn more.

WHAT GPA DO YOU NEED TO GET INTO VET SCHOOL?

Many schools will look very carefully at your vet school prerequisite courses and will generally be looking for a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Ross Vet doesn’t require a minimum GPA requirement, but the average cumulative GPA is 3.23* for enrolled students. Ross Vet applicants generally fit this profile for admission to veterinary school:

  • 3.23 Average Cumulative GPA*
  • 301 Average Enrolled GRE*
  • 150 Hours of Veterinary Professional Experience
  • 100% Committed to Animal Health

*Acceptance data is for 3 classes: January, May, and September 2020

WHAT TEST IS REQUIRED FOR VET SCHOOL?

Most veterinary schools require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the minimum GRE score will vary by vet school.

Ross Vet doesn’t have a minimum score requirement, but the average GRE score is 301* for enrolled students.

Note: GRE scores are optional for incoming September 2021, January 2022, May 2022, and September 2022 semesters.

Find out how much GRE scores for vet school admission matter and what other factors you should keep in mind to make you stand out in our blog article, “How Important are Vet School GRE Scores?”.

*Acceptance data is for 3 classes: January, May, and September 2020

DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE MCAT FOR VET SCHOOL?

No. Some veterinary schools will accept the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in place of the GRE.

At Ross Vet, the MCAT is not one of the vet school requirements. If you have already taken the MCAT, we can accept the score, but we only require the GRE.

HOW IMPORTANT ARE VET SCHOOL GRE SCORES?

Find out how much GRE scores for vet school admission matter and what other factors you should keep in mind to help you stand out in our blog article, “How Important are Vet School GRE Scores?”.

WHAT GRE SCORE DO YOU NEED FOR VET SCHOOL?

The minimum GRE score will vary by vet school.

Ross Vet doesn’t have a minimum score requirement, but the average GRE score is 301* for enrolled students.

Note: GRE scores are optional for incoming September 2021, January 2022, May 2022, and September 2022 semesters.

*Acceptance data is for 3 classes: January, May, and September 2020.

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ROSS VET SCHOOL PREREQUISITES

Explore the breakdown of prerequisite coursework required. These are organized by subject and include semester hours, laboratory requirements and other pertinent details. We require a minimum of 48 credits of college work, but we strongly recommend that you complete your undergraduate program. We require a grade of C or better in all prerequisite coursework. Vet school prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old. Your required coursework includes:

Not sure if your previous coursework meets the requirements? Contact our Admissions department today to get clarification.

Biology

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

Cell Biology or Genetics

One course (three semester hours); Lab is recommended but not required

Chemistry

One semester of General Chemistry (four semester hours) with laboratory.

One semester of Organic Chemistry 1 (four semester hours) with laboratory.

Biochemistry

One semester of General Biochemistry or Biochemistry 1 (three semester hours).

Note: Introductory or survey courses are not acceptable.

Physics

One semester of Physics 1 (four semester hours) with laboratory.

Note: Introductory or survey courses are not acceptable.

Mathematics

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

English

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

APPLICATION DOCUMENT DETAILS

How to Submit Your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

Our average enrolled GRE score is 301*.

While the GRE is optional for January, May and September 2022 semesters, any scores you do have will help inform the Admissions team as part of our holistic admissions process. 

Please submit your scores to:

GRE-ETS
PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541

The Ross Vet school code number is #2639. 
​*Acceptance data is for 3 classes: January, May, and September 2020.

Craft Your Personal Essay

An opportunity to tell your story.

A personal essay is required as part of your application. If applying through VMCAS, the personal statement will be accepted as your essay. If applying through the online application, you will be asked to answer all 3 questions below (no word limit): 

  1. There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals and why?
  2. In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?
  3. Although there is no set of rules mandating what a strong personal statement should include, here are a few tips to help you successfully craft an effective personal statement:
    • Explain a defining moment that helped steer you toward a career in veterinary medicine. Consider using that moment as the focal point of your essay.
    • Be original and thoughtful: Discuss how you would contribute to the profession and patient care, all of which will help you stand out from other applicants. As you are telling us why you want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, explain why you are a good candidate for veterinary school. Ask yourself-in a pile of 100 applications, would I enjoy reading my statement?
    • Be sure to convey your passion for veterinary medicine in your statement. Many of you have had meaningful experiences with animals or veterinarians as children and these are important but should only be mentioned briefly. Your application materials already contain a summary of your accomplishments, so avoid repeating information from your transcripts or reference letters.
    • Give yourself time to organize your thoughts, write well and edit as necessary. Ask yourself if this essay is a good representation of your character, ideals and aspirations. Don’t forget to proofread!
Earn Two Letters of Recommendation

Ask a professor and a veterinarian to speak to your vet school preparedness. 

Submit two official letters of recommendation on proper letterhead with contact information included and physically signed. Your letters should speak to your preparedness and motivation to become a veterinarian, your academic ability, and your experience in the veterinary profession. 

  • One academic letter from a science professor acquainted with your academic ability.
  • One professional letter from a veterinarian acquainted with your veterinary experience.

Make sure your letters are sent directly from the recommender to the Ross Vet admissions office. Please email all materials to Admissions at vetadmissions@rossu.edu.

Work Experience is Part of Vet School Requirements

Show your dedication to the profession. 

At least 150 hours of professional veterinary experience or veterinary research is required as part of your application. 

Include proof of these 150 hours in your CV, resume, or letters of recommendation. 

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Vet School Requirements for Transfer Students

Apply for admission with advance standing if you have completed a portion of the curriculum at another AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine.

  • Completed coursework at an AVMA-accredited school
  • Completed coursework comparable to the DVM program curriculum
  • Meet all veterinary school requirements for Ross Vet

You are required to spend a minimum of six semesters of study enrolled at Ross Vet. Credit will not be given for more than the first four semesters of study. You must take all the courses offered for the semester you are admitted and may be required to repeat a portion or the entirety of the curriculum. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Vet School Requirements for International Students

We give serious consideration to all international vet school candidates who show the potential to succeed in our veterinary medicine curriculum. That goes for our staff too, as we offer a diverse faculty hailing from all over the globe there to assist you with the transition.

Our admissions committee takes a holistic view of the admissions process, reviewing not just grades and test scores, but so much more: your experience with animals and exposure to animal medicine, personal character, interpersonal skills, motivation, and passion for the profession.

Demonstrate Your Proficiency in English

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

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT — preferred minimum score on the computer-based test is as follows: 25 Listening; 22 Writing; 22 Speaking; 23 Reading.
  • 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
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