Admission Requirements

As you begin your application process to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, we encourage you to look over the prerequisite courses, work or volunteer with a veterinarian, build relationships with academic mentors, employers, or community leaders who can write a recommendation letter for you.

Prerequisites

Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or above.  Applicants are evaluated on the strength of prerequisite coursework completed at the time of application.

Evaluation

We consider both academic and non-academic factors when evaluating candidates.  We are looking for well-rounded applicants who are likely to succeed in our program.

Academic factors

The DVM Admissions Committee considers four grade point averages (GPAs). 

Non-academic factors

  • Veterinary medical experiences (work supervised by or in observation of a veterinarian)
  • Animal experiences (any work with animals not supervised by a veterinarian)
  • Work experiences (other than veterinary or animal experience)
  • Volunteer and community services (outside of the veterinary field)
  • Outside or extracurricular activities
  • Honors and awards
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Maturity and professionalism
  • Diversity of background, interests and experiences
  • Special circumstances that may have affected the applicant’s record

Interviews

Top Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah resident applicants will be invited for a 30-minute personal interview as part of the application process.

Nonresidents will no longer be required to have a personal interview.

Diversity and non-discrimination statement

We welcome all applicants to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at Washington State University. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment and encouraging students from all cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identity or expression, sexual orientations, age, religions, physical and mental abilities to join our veterinary profession.  WSU does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual.

How to create a strong application

When reviewing application materials, we answer two primary questions about each candidate. 

  1. How likely is it that the applicant will be able to successfully complete our rigorous, science-based veterinary curriculum?
  2. Does the applicant possess the qualities of a successful veterinarian?

Providing information in your application and your personal essay to help answer these questions will make your application strong and more competitive.

  • Demonstrate quality academic performance to successfully complete our rigorous veterinary curriculum.
  • Show what makes you unique and that you possess the qualities of a successful veterinarian including diversity of background, interests, and experiences.  We look for candidates who are well-rounded.
  • Ask for recommendation letters early so people have time to prepare a thoughtful letter for you.  Ideally, recommendation letters will highlight your academic and non-academic experiences.  We recommend letters from a veterinarian you have worked with or shadowed, from faculty or academic advisors, and from employers or supervisors.
  • If you have a personal interview, provide answers demonstrating your communication and teamwork skills, compassion and empathy, professionalism, integrity and ethics, maturity and knowledge of the profession.
  • Communicate to us any special circumstances