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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.
The GRE is highly recommended, but not required for Ross Vet applicants. Applications that include the GRE, regardless of GRE score, will be given priority in the review process.
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.
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.
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.
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?”.
Many schools will look very carefully at your vet school prerequisite courses and may be looking for a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Ross Vet doesn’t require a minimum GPA requirement, but our students have an average enrolled GPA of 3.24 and an average enrolled pre-requisite GPA of 3.21.* Ross Vet applicants generally fit this profile for admission to veterinary school:
- 3.24 Average Enrolled GPA*
- 3.21 Average Enrolled Pre-requisite GPA
- 301 Average Enrolled GRE*
- 150 Hours of Veterinary Professional Experience
- 100% Committed to Animal Health
*Statistically representative of the Sept 2022, January 2023, and May 2023 classes. Data includes both new and advancing Vet Prep students.
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.
Two semesters of General Biology (eight semester hours) with laboratory.
One course (three semester hours); Lab is recommended but not required
One semester of General Chemistry (four semester hours) with laboratory.
One semester of Organic Chemistry 1 (four semester hours) with laboratory.
One semester of General Biochemistry or Biochemistry 1 (three semester hours).
Note: Introductory or survey courses are not acceptable.
One semester of Physics 1 (four semester hours) with laboratory.
Note: Introductory or survey courses are not acceptable.
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 3 possible ways: (1) one course or one semester of a course had a 40% essay requirement for the overall mark, (2) International Baccalaureate, and (3) Advanced Placement English.
Nine semester hours; one of the courses to meet this requirement must be one of the following:
- Comparative Anatomy
- Medical Terminology
- Spanish (or other foreign language)
- Public Speaking
- Introduction to business
Please note that we will accept CLEP B-level scores for applicants who have previously successfully completed specified coursework but whose coursework is outdated. Note that the Chemistry CLEP is only for General Chemistry, not Organic Chemistry. Please see list below for accepted CLEP exams and credits:
- General Biology with a passing score set at B-level equivalent to 6 credits
- General Chemistry with a passing score set at B-level equivalent to 6 credits
- Calculus with a passing score set at B-level equivalent to 4 credits
- Pre-Calculus with a passing score set at B-level equivalent to 3 credits
- College Composition modular with a passing score set at B-level equivalent to 3 credits
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
- A letter of intent that includes: a cogent, well-written explanation of the student’s reason(s) for requesting a transfer; an indication of the semester of the curriculum into which transfer is requested; and the student’s enrollment status in the college of veterinary medicine from which the student wishes to transfer.
- A letter of character and academic reference (including class ranking) from the associate dean of the college of veterinary medicine or his/her designee from which the student wishes to transfer.
- Up to two letters of reference from former instructors who are members of the faculty of the college of veterinary medicine from which the student wishes to transfer.
Placement will be determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean, and will depend on the courses already completed. However, credit will not be given for more than the first four semesters of study. Transfer applicants must take all of the courses offered for the semester they are admitted and may be required to repeat the entire curriculum. All transfer students must spend a minimum of six semesters of study enrolled at RUSVM. Applicants who have previously been dismissed from a school of veterinary medicine are ineligible for admission to RUSVM.
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.
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
Ross Vet defines college work as credits earned in a non-vocational program.