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DVM Application and Requirements


General Requirements

This page includes information on admissions requirements for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, including:

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 17, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

Please visit our deadlines page for due dates for all of your application materials.

  • 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 17 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.
  • 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 2019-2020 application cycle by February 3, 2020 to Admissions Counselor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
  • All applicants from the State of Georgia are required to attach a copy of their drivers license for residency verification to the Supplemental Application.
  • All applicants from the states of South Carolina and Delaware are required to contact Higher Education Commission about residency verification. The deadline for this verification is December 2, 2019. For more information click here
  • All applicants who are Non US Citizens, please send documentation to us via our Supplemental Application or by mail: Attn: Parker Moore, 501 DW Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602. For more information click here

Minimum Requirement to be Considered for Admission

In order to be considered for admission to the College 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. 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. As part of our review process, UGA calculates you overall GPA by looking at any and all courses taken at the undergraduate level. If youhave retaken a course due to poor performance, both grades are considered as we calculate your overall GPA.

Course Requirements

Required courses

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 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 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 advanced biology courses (300/3000-level or higher biology courses(at the undergraduate level) that have general biology as a prerequisite. Behavior, production and ecology courses do not count toward the advanced biological sciences requirement. Recommended: 300/3000-level comparative anatomy, physiology, microbiology, cell biology, or genetics.
Online Courses

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.

Test Requirements

  • 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 17th 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).
  • The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine no longer requires applicants to take the GRE Biology Subject Test.
  • GRE scores are only valid for 5 years.
  • If you take the GRE more than once, the highest scores you achieved will be considered.
  • GRE Scores sent to ANY location other than the specific code associated with the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine (5752) will not be accepted.

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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. All transcripts are required by the application deadline, September 17, 2019.

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 must 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.

Laptop Requirement

Incoming DVM students in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine are required to have a Mac laptop computer that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements outlined in this document.

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