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 vet school requirements.

YOUR VET SCHOOL APPLICATION IS ABOUT MORE THAN NUMBERS


We take a holistic view of the vet school 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.

EXPLORE ALL OTHER STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VET SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS

Find out how the application process works and what happens after you submit your application.

VETERINARY SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS FAQS

Get answers to your most pressing questions. Don’t see your question here?

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 must have been completed within 10 years of the desired semester start date.

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

WHY IS THE GRE REQUIRED?

Ross Vet uses a holistic approach for selecting and admitting students to our DVM program. This means we take into account an applicant’s non-academic attributes and experiences in addition to important academic elements, such as GPA and GRE.

At Ross Vet, there is no minimum GRE requirement, but rather we utilize the GRE to better get to know each applicant as a “whole.” Our holistic review process helps ensure every applicant gets thoroughly evaluated as an individual and a fair shot at gaining admission to the DVM program.

ETS provides GRE Fee Reduction vouchers for individuals who meet eligibility requirements and can demonstrate financial need, for those who are unemployed, and for national programs that work with underrepresented groups. Visit the ETS website for more information.

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 300* for enrolled students.

*Statistically representative of the Sept 2021, January 2022, and May 2022 classes. Data includes both new and advancing Vet Prep students. 

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 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 300* for enrolled students.

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?”.

ETS provides GRE Fee Reduction vouchers for individuals who meet eligibility requirements and can demonstrate financial need, for those who are unemployed, and for national programs that work with underrepresented groups. Visit the ETS website for more information.

*Statistically representative of September 2020, January 2021, and May 2021 incoming classes. Data includes both new and advancing Vet Prep.

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 vet school GPA is 3.2* for enrolled students. Ross Vet applicants generally fit this profile for admission to veterinary school:

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

*Statistically representative of the Sept 2021, January 2022, and May 2022 classes. Data includes both new and advancing Vet Prep students. 

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.

EXPLORE EVENTS & INFORMATION SESSIONS

Investigate the programs, campus, and application process at Ross Vet by registering for one of our information sessions.

 

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 must have been completed within 10 years of the desired semester start date. 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 300*.

While the GRE is optional for the September 2022 semester, 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. 
*Statistically representative of September 2020, January 2021, and May 2021 incoming classes. Data includes both new and advancing Vet Prep.

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.

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.  

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: 

  • Discuss how you would contribute to the profession and patient care, all of which will help you stand out from other applicants  

  • Explain why you are good candidate for veterinary school —in a pile of 100 applications, would you enjoy reading your statement?  

  • Convey your passion for veterinary medicine in your statement 

  • Avoid repeating information from your transcripts or reference letters 

  • Ask yourself if this essay is a good representation of your character, ideals, and aspirations 

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
College Work Definition

Ross Vet defines college work as credits earned in a non-vocational program.

The beautiful island of St. Kitts and the Caribbean
APPLY TO THE DVM PROGRAM AT ROSS VET TODAY

Embrace the immersive, unique opportunity to think and explore the world—and get an experience unlike anything else.