University of Vermont

Official 2009-2010 Catalogue Site

2009-10 Online Catalogue

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Preveterinary Programs

UVM/Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine Program

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine offers undergraduates at UVM an opportunity to apply for admission in the spring of their sophomore year. A limited number of students are admitted, and are guaranteed a space in the veterinary school class once they graduate if they have maintained the required grade point average upon graduation.

Participants in this program are offered the assurance of veterinary school admission without the substantial investments of time and energy that other pre-veterinary students typically make in the process of preparing, researching, and applying to numerous veterinary schools, and preparing for optimal scores on the GRE. Program participants can select any undergraduate major, explore other areas of interest during their junior and senior years, or choose to study abroad, thus broadening their undergraduate experience.

To be eligible to apply, candidates for this program must be sophomores and must have demonstrated academic proficiency in their coursework, particularly in the pre-veterinary science courses.

It is expected that competitive applicants will have:

  • Completed at least two science sequences (most typically the year of introductory chemistry and the year of introductory biology) by the spring semester of their sophomore year.
  • Completed prerequisite courses at their undergraduate institution or at other universities by special permission of the veterinary school’s admissions office.
  • A highly competitive cumulative grade point average.

AP credit is acceptable as long as it appears on the student’s transcript. The GRE is not required for applicants to this joint program; the applicant’s SAT scores will be considered during the admissions process. For more details on the application process and program requirements go to


The UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Massey University Veterinary School in New Zealand offer a B.S./B.V.Sc program. Their B.V.Sc Degree is equivalent to the D.V.M. or V.M.D. degree offered in the United States since Massey University is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Massey has guaranteed admission for the top 5 UVM applicants who meet their selection criteria each year.

The specific courses to be taken for this option start with the Core Program of the College. In addition, each student will be required to successfully complete the following courses and credit hours. The student must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the sciences, and must also have met the required minimum score for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) tests.

Course Credits
Biology 8
Inorganic Chemistry 8
Organic Chemistry 8
Physics 10
Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals 4

Applications will be made directly to Massey University during the Junior or Senior year at UVM and all decisions will be made by the Massey University Admissions Committee.

For information regarding admissions and/or applications to these exciting programs, contact the Admissions Office, 194 So. Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401-3596. For specific program information contact the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 102 Terrill Hall, UVM, Burlington, Vermont 05405, 802-656-0155 or e-mail