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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.
Applications are accepted year-round for our three flexible start dates in January, May and September through our Ross Vet online application or through VMCAS when their cycle is open. We continue to accept applications for each semester until all seats are filled. In the event that all seats are filled before you receive a decision, your application is automatically considered for the next available semester.
- Completion of vet school prerequisites, a minimum of 48 credits of college work and we strongly recommend that you complete your undergraduate program,
- Completion of the equivalent of 150 hours of veterinary professional experience or veterinary research,
- Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (optional for January 2021, May 2021 and September 2021 semesters),
- Proof of English proficiency, if English is not your first language, and
- If you are an international or transfer applicant, additional requirements may apply.
- Personal essay,
- Official undergraduate transcripts,
- Official GRE scores (optional for January 2021, May 2021 and September 2021 semesters),
- Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional),
- Optional, Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
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
We require a minimum of 48 credits of college work, but we strongly recommend that you complete your undergraduate program. Vet school prerequisite courses cannot be more than 10 years old. Your required coursework includes:
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 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.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Please review our full DVM admissions requirements above or download the guide to learn more.
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 3.29* for enrolled students. Ross Vet applicants generally fit this profile for admission to veterinary school.
*Statistically representative of acceptance data for the January, May, and September 2019 classes.
Most veterinary schools require the General Record Exam (GRE).
As part of our veterinary school requirements, Ross Vet students must take the General Record Exam (GRE). 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?”.
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.
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?”.
The minimum GRE score will vary by vet school.
*Statistically representative of acceptance data for the January, May, and September 2019 classes.
Additional Vet School Requirements
You must complete the equivalent of at least 150 hours of veterinary professional experience working with animals or veterinary research. We prefer this experience has taken place under the supervision of practicing veterinarians, but comparable experience may be considered. You may submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV), resume, or use your letters of recommendation to provide proof of your 150 hours.
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):
- There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals and why?
- In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?
- Consider the breadth of society which veterinarians serve. What attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?
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. Make sure your letters are sent directly from the recommender to the Ross Vet admissions office. Please email all materials to Admissions at [email protected].
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.
Along with your other materials, the admissions committee will consider your cumulative GPA, GPA in prerequisite coursework, 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.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE is optional for the January 2021, May 2021 and September 2021 semesters. For all other semesters 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.
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.
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
Please email all materials to Admissions at [email protected].
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.
You may apply for admission with advance standing if you have completed a portion of the curriculum at another approved school of veterinary medicine. You will be required to present evidence of completed coursework (or equivalent) at a school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA, comparable to those offered in the pre-clinical curriculum of Ross Vet. Additionally, you must meet all the veterinary school requirements for admission to Ross Vet.
Placement is determined by the Academic Promotions Committee and the Dean. 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. You will be required to spend a minimum of six semesters of study enrolled at Ross Vet.
PRE-REQUISITES FOR TRANSFER APPLICANTS
If you have not successfully completed the basic sciences as part of your vet school prerequisites, 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. You are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services or fax inquiries to: (877) 472-4940 as far in advance of starting classes as possible to arrange for a consultation.