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Veterinary School Requirements
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine takes a holistic view of the admissions process, reviewing not just grades and test scores, but also giving weight to an applicant’s experience, perseverance, and passion to become a veterinarian.
In order to be considered for admission to Ross, you must:
- Have fulfilled the prerequisites listed below,
- Have completed the equivalent of 150 hours of veterinary professional experience,
- Submit an application (online or through VMCAS),
- Submit a personal essay,
- Submit your undergraduate transcripts,
- Take the GRE and submit your scores,
- Submit two letters of recommendation,
- Optionally, submit your CV,
- Provide proof of English competency, if English is not your first language, and
- If you are an international or transfer applicant, additional requirements may apply.
Once your completed application is received, you may be invited for a personal interview with one of our admissions representatives.
After completion of the application process, the committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.
Vet School Prerequisites
Ross requires a minimum of 48 credits of college work, but we strongly recommend that you complete your undergraduate program. Prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old. The coursework should include the following:
Two semesters of Biology (eight semester hours) with laboratory.
One course of either Cell Biology or Genetics (three semester hours); laboratory is recommended but not required.
- One semester of General Chemistry (four semester hours) with laboratory.
- One semester of Organic Chemistry (four 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.
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
*Substitutions and/or exceptions are made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Admissions Dean and Faculty Admissions Committee.
You must complete the equivalent of at least 150 hours of veterinary professional experience, working with animals or veterinary research. It is preferable that this experience has taken place under the supervision of practicing veterinarians, but comparable experience may be considered. You may submit your CV, or use your letters of recommendation to provide proof of your 150 hours.
OPTIONS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
- Apply anytime to our September, January, or May class through the Ross Vet online application.
- Ross Vet also accepts VMCAS applications for all semesters.
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.
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, “state why you want to become a veterinarian and what you bring to the world of animal and human health and welfare”. The word limit for the essay in our online application is 300 words.
Along with your other materials, the admissions committee will consider your cumulative GPA, GPA in pre-requisite coursework, and the competitiveness of your undergraduate school and curriculum when making their decision.
You may send your transcripts before or after submitting your application, but we must receive them before your application can be considered complete. Please send all materials to:
GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)
You are required to submit GRE scores as part of your application. The committee will use the scores to assist in the admissions decision, but will consider all of your application materials. If you took the test more than one time you must submit all the results prior to enrollment.
Our code number is #2639.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Submit two official letters of recommendation, on proper letterhead with contact information included. Your letters should speak to your preparedness and motivation to become a veterinarian, your academic ability, and your experience in the veterinary profession. Make sure your letters are sent directly from the recommender to the Ross admissions office.
Your letters should include:
- One academic letter from a science professor acquainted with your academic ability.
- One professional letter from a veterinarian acquainted with your veterinary experience.
If you are unable to secure both of these letters, please call the admissions office at 855-Ross-Vet and we will work with you to secure alternatives.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Office of Admissions
630 US Highway 1
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)
Submission of your CV is optional, the admissions committee does consider your experience working with animals and other related professional experience when making their decision. If your letters of recommendation do not provide proof of 150 working hours, then your CV must be included in order to provide that proof. For questions about what to include on your CV, please reach out to your local admissions representative, or contact our admissions office at 855-Ross-Vet.
Please send all materials to:
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 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
If your credentials are judged to be indicative of successful completion of the DVM curriculum, you 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.
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. Additionally, transfer students must meet all the requirements for admission to Ross.
Placement at Ross University is determined by the Academic Promotions Committee and the Dean, and will depend on the courses you’ve 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 six semesters of study enrolled at Ross University.
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.
If your application is incomplete, or your qualifications are not acceptable, you will be notified by an admissions representative. The Admissions Committee's decision will be sent in a letter as soon as possible. There are four decision possibilities:
- Accepted Wait List
- Vet Prep Program
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 >>
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. Ross 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 Ross.
Accommodations for students with disabilities are available. Students with special requirements are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services at [email protected] or fax inquiries to: (877) 472-4940 as far in advance of starting classes as possible to arrange for a consultation.