Pre-Vet Club is run by students to help provide the information necessary to have the best possible veterinary school application. We hope to help students obtain the experience they need and expose them to the world of veterinary medicine. This year in Pre-Vet Club we plan on increasing the amount of hands-on learning. We plan on having a suture lab, numerous dissections, the hoof workshop, and the lameness exam. During meetings we plan on practicing interview questions, learning on how to analyze case studies, doing case studies, and discussing schools. We also plan on all sharing our experiences so we can learn from one another. If you are at all interested in the veterinary profession, animals, or just a great time, then Pre-Vet Club is for you. We hope to see you there!
This is a compilation of all of the colleges that have American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved DVM programs. Vet schools favor applicants that are residents of their respective states, so you have a better chance of getting into the vet school in your home-state versus another out-of-state vet school (about a 20-25% chance versus a 5-10% chance, based on the percentage of total applicants that get accepted data in the VMSAR). In-state tuition is often lower as well.
What happens if you are from a state that doesn't have its own vet school? No fear, you may have a few options.
Some vet schools have contracts with other states without vet schools in which they will reserve seats for students from that state. They include:
- Iowa State University: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Connecticut residents
- Louisiana State University: Arkansas residents
- Oklahoma State University: Arkasas and Delaware residents
- Washington State Univerisity: Idaho and Utah residents
- Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE): Students from Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming can get funding to go to certain vet schools. WICHE Schools include University of California-Davis, Colorado State Univerisity, and Washington State University.
You can also consider international schools. These may be easier to get into, and you will get a unique experience learning about medicine from a different perspective. Because these schools are AVMA-accredited, you will still be able to take your licensing exam and practice in the states after you graduate. Many DVM-equivalent programs at international schools are actually called bachelore or undergraduate degrees due to different educational models overseas, so keep this in mind as you peruse their websites.
UVM students are fortunate in that they can apply to Tufts during their sophomore year through its early acceptance program (more about that here). The few applicants that are accepted are guaranteed a space at Tufts once they graduate. Cornell also has an early acceptance program. Kansas State University, Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, University of Missouri and Oklahoma State Unverisity have similar programs, but they are restricted to their own undergrads.