DVM Application Process

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So you’ve decided to take the next step and apply. Get organized, know all your deadlines, and work through all the steps.

We know there’s a lot to remember and do in this process. Make sure you read through and understand all of the requirements. And if you have questions, please remember we’re here to help, just ask! We’re available by email, phone.

Please note that application materials are only kept on file for one application cycle.  No application materials will be carried over to the upcoming cycle.

Application Process

Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is the clearinghouse for all vet school applications nationwide. All applications flow through VMCAS. Make sure you bookmark their site, it will be your one-stop shop to help you on your journey to becoming a veterinary student.

UGA Supplemental Application

All applicants must complete the UGA supplemental application once they have started the VMCAS 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. All applicants from the State of Georgia are required to attach a copy of their drivers license for residency verification.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

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 your overall GPA by looking at any and all courses taken at the undergraduate level. If you have retaken a course due to poor performance, both grades are considered as we calculate your overall GPA.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite 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).

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 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).
  • 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.

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.


Submit transcripts directly to the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The UGA CVM does NOT accept any transcripts and you would be responsible for re-submitting to the proper location. All transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline.

You are required to submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended, 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 electronic letters of recommendation are required with your application that you will submit to VMCAS.

  • At least one must be completed by a veterinarian you have been employed by or for whom you have done volunteer work.
  • The others 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.

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.

Residency Information

The following general descriptions are not inclusive, nor do they supersede existing regulations concerning in-state residency. This is only an explanatory guide for Georgia residency for tuition purposes. Detailed official guidelines are listed in both the UGA Bulletin and in the codes of the University System of Georgia.

For Georgia resident status, the three most important things to remember are:

  • Students must first prove that they have established a primary domicile or permanent Georgia home at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the beginning of classes for the term to be considered for residency. Typically, the residency status of a dependent student is tied to the status of the parent(s), or in the case of divorce, the tax-dependent or majority support parent, so the parent(s) must show proof of domicile.
  • Students and/or parent(s) of dependent students also should be able to provide documentation showing payment of Georgia state income tax, as this shows a tie to the state that proves financial support for the Georgia educational system. Mere property ownership in Georgia, by itself, is usually insufficient.
  • The Office of Admissions also suggests that students be able to provide copies of any other documents showing their intent to be a Georgia resident, such as a Georgia driver’s license, car or voter registration, home ownership, full-time employment records, etc. Attending college in Georgia is not proof of intention to be a Georgia resident.

Since the University of Georgia is a state-supported institution, students must show documented proof of residency and the duration of their residency in order to qualify for in-state tuition.

In reviewing petitions for in-state residency, UGA CVM considers each student’s situation as unique, and so there are no universal formulas. In general, though, the three items mentioned previously are key. UGA CVM does understand that there are situations, such as parents living in separate states or a family in the military, that may alter the review process.

Special Situations Involving Residency Classification

The following descriptions should help in understanding what the our Office of Admissions considers when reviewing certain situations.

Dependent versus Independent Students

If a student is listed as a dependent on their parent’s/parents’ or legal guardian’s previous year’s tax returns or receives more than 50% of their financial support from a parent or guardian, they are considered a dependent student and UGA considers the student to be a resident, for tuition purposes, of the parent’s/parents’ or guardian’s state of residence. (A legal guardian must provide court and/or financial documentation of support for the student.)

An independent student who wishes to establish in-state tuition residency must document that his/her parent(s) have not claimed him/her as a tax dependent for the 12 months prior to the start of the term, and that he/she has provided 100% of his/her financial support as shown in federal and state tax returns. No student shall gain or acquire in-state classification while attending any post-secondary educational institution in this state without clear evidence of having established domicile in Georgia for purposes other than attending a post-secondary educational institution in this state.

Non-U.S. Citizens

Non-U.S. citizens are only eligible for in-state residency if they are lawful permanent residents as documented by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service or have been granted a visa in an eligible category. F-1 student visas are not eligible. These students must still provide documentation of in-state residency for the 12-month period prior to the start of the term.

As stated before, all petitions for in-state residency are considered in their entirety, so every file must be reviewed based upon its own merit. In addition, this page is meant as a general guide about Georgia residency for tuition purposes, but does not supersede any existing policies for in-state residency found in the UGA Bulletin and in the codes of the University System of Georgia.

*Important Note: Once a student matriculates into the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, he/she cannot change his/her tuition classification to become a Georgia resident for tuition purposes.

Out of State Residency — Contract States

We have contracts with the states of Delaware and South Carolina. In each class, we admit 17 students from South Carolina and two from Delaware. All applicants from these two states are required to contact the Higher Education Commission about residency verification.

South Carolina

SC Commission on Higher Education 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300 Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Phone: 803.737.2224 Fax: 803.737.2297 Contact: Tanya Rogers


Delaware Higher Education Commission

Carvel State Office Building 820 N. French Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Phone: 302.735.4120 Fax: 302.577.6765