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Most veterinary medical colleges will only consider applicants who have a minimum grade point average (GPA). The required GPA varies by school, from a low of 2.5 to a high of 3.2. Those who receive offers of admission usually have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Any major is appropriate as long as applicants take the required pre-requisite courses. The prerequisites for admission vary by veterinary medical college. Many of these colleges do not require a bachelor's degree for admission. However, most of the students admitted have completed an undergraduate program. It is not necessary that a student complete a program specifically labeled "pre-veterinary" or "pre-vet." It is, however, necessary for applicants to complete all prerequisite requirements before enrolling in one of the 28 U.S. or 4 Canadian veterinary medical colleges/schools (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges).
Standardized test requirements also vary at each school. Applicants must submit test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE-general and/or subject tests) or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), depending on the preference of each college.
Veterinary medical colleges weigh heavily on a candidate's veterinary and animal experience in admissions decisions. Formal experience, such as work with veterinarians or scientists in clinics, agribusiness, research, or in some area of health science, is particularly advantageous. Less formal experience, such as working with animals on a farm or ranch or at a stable or animal shelter, is also helpful. Students must demonstrate ambition and an eagerness to work with animals. Many schools require experience in more than 1 type of animal setting.
Prerequisite requirements vary significantly from one institution to another. For a complete list of specific veterinary school/college prerequisites, please refer to the Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements in the United States and Canada (VMSAR), available at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) website:
Students maintain responsibility for verifying course selection with individual veterinary programs. Listed below are the prerequisite admission requirements for the 2 Veterinary programs in California:
Application Deadline: October 1 (requires GRE)
A bachelor degree is required.
Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 2.50 (Applicants not meeting minimum GPA can qualify for consideration by having a combined score in the upper 30th percentile on the GRE).
IVC courses that fulfill admission requirements:
UC, Davis Courses
IVC Courses
One year of General Biology with lab
BIO 2, 5 & 6 or BIO 93 & 94
One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1A & 1B
One year of Physics
PHYS 2A & 2B
One semester of Biochemistry (bioenergetics &  metabolism)
No course equivalent @ IVC – Upper division
One semester of Physiology
No course equivalent @ IVC – Upper division
One semester of Genetics
No course equivalent @ IVC – Upper division
Veterinary/Animal Experience
Complete 180 hours min. to evaluate an application
One semester of Statistics
ADDITIONAL requirements:
Social Sciences/Humanities (12 quarter/8 semester units): courses may be selected in a variety of areas.  Examples: history, sociology, Languages, music, art, psychology, ethnic studies, anthropology.
English (12 quarter units/8 semester units): must be taken to meet this requirement.  One course must be in English Composition.  The composition requirement may also be met by English Advance Placement Exam.  Other courses may include composition, English, rhetoric, speech or literature.  These courses may be lower or upper division.
Application Deadline: October 1 (requires GRE or MCAT)
Minimum GPA (Overall, Science and Prerequisite): 2.75
IVC courses that fulfill admission requirements:
Western University Courses
IVC Courses
3 Units of Organic Chemistry with lab
3 Units of Biochemistry
No course equivalent @ IVC – Upper division
9 Units of Upper Division Biological  & Life Sciences w/lab
No course equivalent @ IVC – Upper division
3 Units  of Microbiology
BIO 15
3 Units of Genetics
BIO 97 + 97L
3 Units of Physiology
BIO 12
3 Units of Statistics or Calculus
MATH 10 or 3A
6 Units of General Physics w/labs
PHYS 2A & 2B or PHYS 4A & 4B
6 Units of English Composition
WR 1 & WR 2
Animal Experience (Animal medical environment, commercial animal production, regulatory animal control, or research environment)
500 minimum hours
ADDITIONAL requirements: include 1 course in public speaking, 1 course in either psychology or sociology and 3 courses in the humanities/social sciences.
* Students are required to have a laptop computer at matriculation.
Students should ideally plan to apply between July and September of the year proceeding the academic year they wish to enter. The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) allows students to submit an application to participating colleges. The VMCAS application deadline is October 1st. Non-participating schools' deadlines range from October 1 – March 1. It is wise to apply as early as possible.
For more information, please refer to the VMCAS section in the AAVMC web site: If you are applying to a non-VMCAS school, you need to contact that school directly and complete their application.
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