DVM Program Admissions Information

Admissions Information

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Professional Program at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind in the United States. The VMBS views the selection of students admitted to the DVM Professional Program as a priority and a responsibility to Texas A&M and the veterinary profession.

Curriculum

 The DVM Professional Program curriculum is a four-year program with three years of classroom and laboratory instruction and a final year of clinical rotations, mostly in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). It’s designed to give future veterinarians a solid foundation in disease recognition and clinical competency.

Basic science courses and learning experiences that focus on professional skills necessary for success as a veterinarian are the focus of the first three years. Students have the opportunity to direct learning toward their career goals by choosing one of five tracks: companion animal, rural/mixed animal, equine, food animal, and alternative. In the fourth year, students spend 12 months on clinical rotations in the VMTH, at Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) in Canyon, with the Veterinary Emergency Team (VET), at other venues, and on externship experiences at locations of the student’s choice. 

Visit vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/resources/curriculum for more information.

The 2+2 DVM Program provides an opportunity to join a small cohort of students who take their first two years at VERO in Canyon, with convenient exposure to livestock and rural veterinary medicine. They take the last two years in College Station with the rest of their class. Indicating a preference for this option is part of the application process.

Visit vetmed.tamu.edu/vero/education/2plus2 for more information.

Students conduct a Horse Exam with their professor

Entrance Requirements

Visit vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/admissions/eligibility for the most up-to-date criteria before applying. 

The minimal acceptable GPAs on a 4.00 scale are: a 2.90 overall, a 3.10 for the last 45 semester hours, AND a 2.90 in all sciences courses. 

Visit vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/admissions/selection for details on the admissions formula, which includes academic and non-academic criteria.

For detailed information on prerequisites, including specific course numbers allowed from various colleges and universities, visit vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/admissions/prerequisites.

Prerequisites are selected to best prepare applicants for the rigorous curriculum. Prior to admission, applicants must have:

  • completed 53 hours of prerequisite coursework by the end of the spring semester prior to admission into the program.
  • completed or be enrolled in the following prerequisites prior to fall application:
    Organic Chemistry I, Physics I, and Biochemistry I (see a complete listing of prerequisites below).
  • completed majority of science prerequisites prior to fall application.
  • completed and passed all required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better (or a grade of “S” if taken during the spring semester of 2020) within the last 10 years and by the end of the spring semester prior to admission into the program.

Prerequisite Courses*

Life Sciences [Credit Hours]

  • General Biology with lab (BIOL 111) [4] 
  • General Microbiology with lab (VTPB 405, BIOL 351, or BIOL 206) [4] 
  • Genetics (GENE 301 or GENE 320) [3] 
  • Animal Nutrition or Feeds & Feeding (ANSC 303 (NUTR 303), ANSC 318, or ANSC 320) [3]

Chemistry/Statistics/Physics [Credit Hours]

  • Inorganic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 101/111 & CHEM 102/112) [8]
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 227/237 & CHEM 228/238) [8] 
  • Biochemistry (must be lecture hours only) (BICH 410) [3] 
  • Statistics (STAT 301, 302, or 303) [3] 
  • Physics with lab (PHYS 201 and 202) [8]

Non-Sciences [Credit Hours]

  • English (Any 2 ENGL courses) [6] 
  • Speech Communication (COMM 203, COMM 315, or COMM 325) [3]

*Texas A&M course numbers are shown in parenthesis above.
Please note that prerequisites are subject to change.

Timeline

  • The online application opens on or around May 1.
  • The deadline for application submission is on or around Sept. 15.
  • Applicant statuses are usually e-mailed in mid-November.
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) of selected applicants typically take place at the Texas A&M CVMBS in mid-December and/or early January.
  • Offers of admission are generally e-mailed in mid-March.
  • Confirmations of acceptance must be received by April 15.
  • Visit vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/admissions/deadlines for specific details.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to visit vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/admissions regularly for the latest admissions information. Admissions criteria are subject to change, and it’s the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are qualified to apply. The website will show the current requirements.

All applicants must apply online through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS).

  1. Submit TMDSAS application & applicant evaluation forms by Sept. 16 via tmdsas.com.
  2. Submit supplemental application & fee by Sept. 16 via apps.cvm.tamu.edu/MyCvm/Admissions/Home/Instructions.
  3. Complete the Altus Suite Assessments by Sept. 29 via vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/admissions/casper.
  4. Submit official transcripts, when requested by TMDSAS.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2020–21*

CostTexas ResidentsNon-Residents
Tuition & Fees$26,320–$29,160$42,022–$45,549
Other Expenses**$20,716–$24,824$21,896–$26,094
Total$46,946–$53,984$63,918–$71,643

*Subject to change. **Includes loan fees, books & supplies, room & board, travel, personal expenses, etc.

Please Contact Us for More Information

Admissions Coordinator
DVM Professional Program Office
| Office of the Dean
Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
4461 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-4461 
Tel: 979.862.1169 | Fax: 979.845.5088 
Email: admiss@cvm.tamu.edu | Web: vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/admissions

Last Updated: Spring 2021

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