Veterinary School FAQ’s

So you want to go to vet school? As a University of Delaware Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Bioscience student, you will be assigned to a faculty academic advisor, who will assist you with the appropriate course selection throughout your four years. In addition, we have numerous faculty members who provide expertise throughout your veterinary school application process beginning in your junior year.

You will be highly competitive for admission to veterinary colleges after your time here at UD!

Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions:

 

  • We’ve learned that veterinary colleges are interested in well-rounded students.
  • Your G.P.A. and standardized test scores are very important but you can improve an application with research experience, community service and evidence of leadership and communication skills.
  • Colleges are looking for students that demonstrate academic competency (especially in science course work), good problem-solving, decision-making, capable interpersonal communication, and teamwork skills; experience with a variety of animal species. and experience with veterinarians and/or animal scientists engaged in research.
  • Most veterinary colleges have a profile of competitive students on their websites which will provide more information on competitive G.P.A.’s and standardized test scores.
  • A competitive G.P.A. is a 3.6 or greater on a 4.0 scale, especially for students applying to a veterinary college that is not located in your state of residency.
  • Most colleges have a minimum G.P.A. requirement of 3.0.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required by most veterinary colleges, but be sure to check for any additional tests that are required from the veterinary colleges that you are interested in.
  • We recommend that you take the GRE at least 8 months before your application. This gives you time to re-take them if you are unhappy with your score.
  • The academic quality and rigor of your undergraduate program can affect your admission to veterinary college.  Graduates from our program have found great success once they are at vet school and veterinary colleges have reported back that they are impressed with the quality of education that our students received as undergraduates.
  • Your official state of residency is very important in the selection of a veterinary college
    • State of residency affects both admission and tuition.
    • Many veterinary colleges are state-funded schools and admit the majority of each class from among their own residents.
    • There are differences is resident and non-resident tuition at most veterinary colleges.
    • Do your research and see how many seats in each new freshman class are reserved for residents and non-residents at the veterinary colleges you are interested in. This is especially important if your state does not have a veterinary college.
    • Some states that do not have a veterinary college have developed partnerships with states that do. These are referred to as contract seats. So, it is important for you to also know if your state has a contract with any other states for seats at their veterinary college.
    • In some states, non-residents are eligible to apply for residency but the requirements vary from state to state and program to program.
  • Typically, universities do not contract with each other, states contract with each other for seats in veterinary colleges.
  • The state of Delaware holds contracts for Delaware residents with Georgia and Oklahoma to hold seats for qualified applicants  at their state institutions, regardless of where they complete their undergraduate degree.
  • Most students apply to 3-5 veterinary colleges.
  • Be sure to research your school profiles and apply to the schools that are the best fit for you when considering  factors such as residency, competitiveness, cost and contract seats.

 

  • The AAVMC Cost Comparison Tool will show you key financial data should you need to consider this when applying for veterinary college.
  • Some colleges offer a dual degree program, combining your veterinary degree with either a Master’s or Doctorate.
  • Opportunities are extremely competitive
  • Be sure to research the program and school you are interested in by checking out the AAVMC Dual Degree page