Comparative Medicine

Applying to Veterinary School

Choosing a Veterinary School

There are 28 AVMA-accredited Veterinary Schools in the United States, and 8 outside the country. Please visit Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges for Accredited Veterinary School websites,

Most veterinary schools give preference to in-state applicants, but often accept qualified out-of-state applicants. Therefore you should apply broadly to schools based on these other important criteria:

The Application Process

Many of the US schools participate in a common web-based application, which can be found at The web-based application is generally available online begninning the last week of May, and due in its entirety the first week in October prior to the year you intend to enroll.

Most applications require:

Notification of application status (rejection, selection for interview, or acceptance directly into a program) can occur anytime between December and March.

Criteria for Selection for an Interview

Not all veterinary schools interview applicants.Those that do usually use a point-based system that weights GPA (cumulative, science GPA, and last 45 semester/quarter units of coursework), GRE scores, and animal/veterinary experience. If you get an interview at a veterinary school you've applied to, that's half the battle!

The Interview Process

The interview is your final chance to impress the admissions committee. For tips on interview attire, sample questions, and "mock interviews", please check Stanford's Career Development Center (CDC) The most important thing to remember is that the admissions committee wants to confirm that you really are the person they liked so well in your application! So be yourself, be confident in your strengths, and try to relax!

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