DVM Application and Requirements
General RequirementsThis page includes information on admissions requirements for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, including:
- Important Application Notes
- Course Requirements
- Test Requirements
- Minimum Requirement to be Considered for Admission
- Letters of Recommendations
- 250 Hours of Veterinary Experience
Important Application Notes
We require that applicants submit their applications and have ALL of their documents received no later than the VMCAS deadline of September 15th at 1PM EST.
- Applications are only available from the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) website.
- All applicants must complete the required supplemental application.
- You must submit a non-refundable $75 Supplemental Application fee. Click here to pay your fee online on our secure website via credit card, or mail a check. Checks should be made payable to “The University of Georgia” and mailed to: Admissions Counselor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7372, USA. Checks must be postmarked no later than September 15 in order for us to accept them.
- Application materials are only kept on file for one application cycle. No application materials will be carried over to the upcoming cycle.
- GRE scores submitted before April 1, 2017, or after September 15, 2017, will not be used for the 2016-2017 application cycle. Please plan accordingly.
- Click here for information on transferring to our CVM.
- Click here for information on our master's and PhD programs, including our combined DVM-MPH and DVM-PhD programs.
- Please send official copies of your fall transcripts for 2017-2018 application cycle by January 19, 2018 to Admissions Counselor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
- All applicants from the State of Georgia are required to send us a copy of their drivers license for residency verification. We will notify you via email after the September 15th deadline.
- All applicants from the State of South Carolina are required to contact Higher Education Commission about residency verification. For more information click here http://vet.uga.edu/admissions/residency_information
- All applicants who are Non US Citizens, please send documentation to us at Admissions Counselor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. For more information click here http://vet.uga.edu/admissions/residency_information
Required courses (in semester hours) must be completed by the end of spring term with a grade of C (2.00) or better prior to fall matriculation. These courses must be completed at an undergraduate level. All required science courses must be taken within the last 10 years.
- 6 hours of English;
- 14 hours of humanities or social studies (examples of courses: psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, government, foreign languages, economics, or fine arts);
- 8 hours of general chemistry (full year with laboratory);
- 8 hours of organic chemistry (full year with laboratory);
- 8 hours of physics (full year with laboratory);
- 3 hours of biochemistry;
- 8 hours of general biology (for science majors; full year with laboratory — please note that BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1104 taken at UGA will NOT count toward our general biology requirement);
- 8 hours of advanced biology courses (300/3000-level or higher biology courses that have general biology as a prerequisite. Nutrition, behavior, production and ecology courses do not count toward the advanced biological sciences requirement. Recommended: 300/3000-level comparative anatomy, microbiology, cell biology, or genetics).
As of April 4, 2016 we will accept Biochemistry and Advanced Biology courses from an online program that is regionally accredited. We do, however, still highly recommend that you complete these courses in the traditional lecture style, if possible. We will not accept online courses for any of our other science prerequisites (General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Physics).
Veterinary Technician Courses
We do not accept veterinary technician courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
AP Credit Policy
AP credits must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.
- Take the Graduate Record Exam with the Analytical Writing portion. The Analytical Writing test will be required.
- Tests must be taken in time for the official results to be received (not postmarked) by the College by September 15th of the year you apply.
Have the ETS (Educational Testing Service) send your GRE scores directly to the College of Veterinary Medicine (institutional code 5752).
- GRE scores submitted before April 1, 2017, or after September 15, 2017, will not be used for the 2017-2018 application cycle. Even if scores were sent previously, make sure to send them again between the dates listed above.
- The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine no longer requires applicants to take the GRE Biology Subject Test.
- Applicants who have previously applied must have their scores resubmitted each application cycle to the College by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
- GRE scores are only valid for 5 years.
- If you take the GRE more than once, the highest scores you achieved will be considered.
Minimum Requirement to be Considered for Admission
In order to be considered you must submit your GRE score (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing). You must have either a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater, or a combined score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE of 308 or greater (or, 1200 or greater on the old GRE scale). Applicants must meet one or the other of these two criteria to be considered; it is not required to meet both. GRE scores are required and must be sent to GRE code 5752, regardless of which criteria you are meeting.
Transcripts are to be submitted directly to VMCAS. Sending transcripts to UGA CVM will void said transcript and the applicant will be responsible for resubmitting to the proper location.
Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended by the applicant (including transient courses and joint enrollment courses taken during high school, even if the courses are listed as transfer credits on another transcript).
Failure to submit transcripts from each institution you have attended will result in an incomplete application that cannot be considered for admission.
Letters of Recommendation
Three VMCAS electronic letters of recommendation (LOR) are required with your application.
- At least one electronic letter of recommendation should be completed by a veterinarian you have been employed by or for whom you have done volunteer work.
- The other electronic letters of recommendation should be completed by people who can evaluate your background fairly and judge your potential for entering the veterinary profession.
- Committee reference letters will not be accepted.
250 Hours of Veterinary Experience
A minimum of 250 veterinary experience hours is required for all applicants. The 250 hours must be completed at the time the VMCAS application is submitted. To count toward veterinary experience, you must be under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. If you are not under the supervision of a veterinarian, the experience is considered animal experience.