Texas A&M Vet School Requirements

Last Updated on March 11, 2023 by

The Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is the veterinary school of Texas A&M University, a publicresearch university in College Station, Texas. It was founded in 1916 and is one of only 31 colleges or schools of veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 veterinary schools in the country, according to U.S. News. The school offers an undergraduate program in Biomedical Sciences, a professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, and numerous graduate programs relating to veterinary medicine and epidemiology.

Prerequisites - DVM Professional Program

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Life Sciences

SubjectCredit HoursTexas A&M University
Courses That Meet Requirements
General Biology with lab4BIOL 111
General Microbiology with lab4VTPB 405 or BIOL 351 or BIOL 206
Genetics3GENE 301 or GENE 320 or BIMS 320
Animal Nutrition  or Feeds & Feeding3ANSC 303 (NUTR 303),  ANSC 318 or ANSC 320

Chemistry/Statistics/Physics

SubjectCredit HoursTexas A&M University
Courses That Meet Requirements
Inorganic Chemistry with lab8CHEM 119 & 120 (formerly CHEM 101/111 and 102/112)
Organic Chemistry with lab8CHEM 227/237 and 228/238
Biochemistry (must be lecture hours only)3BICH 410
Statistics3STAT 301, 302, 303 or 312
Physics with lab8PHYS 201 and 202

Non-Sciences

SubjectCredit HoursTexas A&M University
Courses That Meet Requirements
English6Any 2 ENGL courses
Speech Communication3COMM 203, 315 or 325

Coursework Requirements for Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

The below courses are for Texas A&M veterinary program. If also applying out of state, please check each school website for their direct pre-requisite coursework requirements.

Biology requirements

BIO 1203 + BIO 1201(lab) and

BIO 1223 + BIO 1221 (lab) (*new course numbers effective fall 2022)

BIO 2313 (lecture only)

BIO 3713 + BIO 3722 or

BIO 1053 + BIO 1061 (lab)

Chemistry requirements

CHE 1103 + CHE 1121 (lab) and

CHE 1113 + CHE 1131 (lab)

Organic Chemistry requirements

CHE 2603 + CHE 2612 (lab) and

CHE 3643 + CHE 3652

Biochemistry

BIO 3513 or CHE 3303 or CHE 3313

Physics requiremetns

PHY 1603 + PHY 1611 (lab) and PHY 1623 + PHY 1631 (lab);  or

PHY 1943 + PHY 1951 (lab) and PHY 1963 + PHY 1971 (lab)

Statistics (Approved courses)

Texas Tech will accept either STA 1053 or STA 1403 or PSY 2073 or MS 1023

Texas A&M requires STA 1403 or STA 3003

Speech: COM 2113

Minimum GPA Requirements

Students wishing to apply to the DVM Professional Program must meet all three minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements:

  • 2.90 overall
  • 3.10 for the last 45 semester hours
  • 2.9 science

To clarify, students with a minimum GPA of 2.90 overall, AND a 3.10 GPA for the last 45 semester hours, AND a 2.9 science GPA have met the minimal qualifications to submit an application (A = 4.00 grade points per hour).

Note: Just meeting these minimal academic standards does not make the applicant competitive nor qualified for an interview.

GPA at the Time of Application

Only completed course work at the time of the application submission will be used in GPA calculation for the selection of interviewees. All course work will be reviewed by the Selections Committee when selecting applicants for entry into the DVM Professional Program.

By state law, only coursework from accredited U.S. colleges and universities of higher education can be used for computation of GPAs.

Animal Experience VS. Veterinary Experiences Requirements

Animal experience includes caring for and handling animals in a kennel or animal shelter. It also includes any other experience that was not under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, such as FFA and 4-H projects.

Veterinary experience is hours spent working under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, whether in a paid or volunteer capacity in a clinical or research environment. Applicants must have more than 100 hours worth of veterinary experience in order to qualify for an interview.

Residency Requirements

Enrollment in our DVM Professional Program is limited to:

  • Qualified applicants who are residents of Texas and who are United States citizens.
  • Residents of Texas who live in the United States under a permanent residence visa or qualify for residency under the rules of SB 1528.
  • Applicants from other states who have superior credentials will also be considered for up to 10% of the positions in each DVM class.

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

CategoryRequirement
Application Fee• $75 non-refundable fee
• $185 non-refundable fee to Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
Previous DegreeAn applicant is expected to have completed at least 42 hours of coursework before submitting an application. Applicants must have 53 hours prior to admission into the professional program. Applicants are requested to have the majority of their science prerequisites completed by the semester of application.
Undergraduate Cumulative GPAMinimum of all of the following: 2.90 overall, 3.10 last 45 SCH, and 2.90 overall sciences. Completion of set core curriculum with GPA as high as possible.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)GRE scores are not required at this time. Selections committee has the right to require the GRE for future application cycles.
International Requirements1Priority consideration is given to qualified applicants who are residents of Texas and U.S. citizens, or residents of Texas who live in the U.S. under a visa permitting permanent residence.
Other RequirementsApplication interview at the option of the Selection Committee
1The DVM program does not admit international students.

Admission Requirements—Professional Curriculum

The admission recommendations and requirements are reconsidered annually out of phase with this graduate and professional catalog. The student is encouraged to contact the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences or visit our website at http://vetmed.tamu.edu for the most updated specific information concerning professional veterinary medical program admissions.

There is no separate curriculum in preveterinary medicine; therefore, a student entering Texas A&M University, who is interested in a career in veterinary medicine, must choose a specific course of study offered by one of the colleges of the University.

The student should select a curriculum in which the preprofessional course recommendations listed below can be completed as well as pursue a degree in another field in the event that admission into the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine is not achieved.

Counsel for students who wish to qualify for the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine is available in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences regardless of the curriculum in which the student is registered. Students currently attending Texas A&M University are encouraged to contact the Office of Professional School Advising for more information.

Preprofessional Course Requirements

The minimal number of college or university credits required for admission into the professional curriculum is 53 semester hours. Applicants must have completed or have in progress approximately 42 credit hours during the semester they make application. Because there is no specific degree associated with the preprofessional study plan, students are encouraged to pursue a specific degree program that meets his/her individual interest. To be eligible for the Bachelor of Science degree at Texas A&M University, certain requirements must be met (see University Core Curriculum requirements). We strongly encourage that courses be chosen with a counselor at the applicant’s institution, or through contact with an academic advisor at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, (979) 862-1169.

CodeTitleSemester Credit Hours
Life Sciences
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I (with lab)4
GENE 301Comprehensive Genetics3
or GENE 320/BIMS 320   or Biomedical Genetics 
Select one of the following:4
VTPB 405Biomedical Microbiology (with lab)
BIOL 351Fundamentals of Microbiology (with lab)
BIOL 206Introductory Microbiology (with lab)
Select one of the following:3
ANSC 318Animal Feeds and Feeding
ANSC 320Animal Nutrition and Feeding
Chemical/Physical Sciences and Mathematics
CHEM 119Fundamentals of Chemistry I (with lab)4
CHEM 120Fundamentals of Chemistry II (with lab)4
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 201
PHYS 202
College Physics
and College Physics (both with lab)
8
BICH 410Comprehensive Biochemistry I (Fall course)3
or VTPB 489   or Special Topics in… 
Select one of the following:3
STAT 301Introduction to Biometry
STAT 302Statistical Methods
STAT 303Statistical Methods
Non-sciences
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
ENGL 210Technical and Professional Writing (or any other ENGL course)3
Select one of the following:3
COMM 203Public Speaking
COMM 315Interpersonal Communication
COMM 325Persuasion

Additional Preprofessional Course Recommendations

A required preprofessional course must have a final grade of C or better.

Students may take the preprofessional required courses at any accredited institution of higher education. However, the course must be equivalent in subject content and credits to its counterpart at Texas A&M University.

To be a qualified applicant, 42 semester hours of the preprofessional course requirements must be completed or in progress during the fall semester in which application is made. All preprofessional required courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester.

Formal Application

Applications are available online through our website at http://vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm after May 1 of each year and must be submitted on or before 5 p.m. (CST) September 15 in order to receive consideration for the succeeding fall class. Additional application information may be obtained by calling the Dean’s Office at (979) 862-1169 or on the website http://vetmed.tamu.edu.

Grade Point Ratio

The applicant must have a minimum or better for all of the following grade point ratios: 2.90 overall, 3.10 during the last 45 semester credits completed, and 2.90 overall sciences.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is not required at this time.  The selections committee has the right to require the GRE for future application cycles.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites required for entry into the DVM Professional Program are selected to best prepare applicants for the rigorous curriculum. Applicants are encouraged to complete all prerequisites prior to submitting their application to obtain maximum “Admission Points.”

Prior to admission into the DVM Professional Program, applicants must have:

  1. completed all of the 53 hours of prerequisite course work by the end of the spring semester prior to admission into the program.
  2. completed or be enrolled in for the following prerequisites prior to fall application:
    • Organic Chemistry I with lab
    • Physics I with lab
    • Biochemistry I
  3. completed majority of science prerequisites prior to fall application.
  4. completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better (or a grade of “S” if taken during the spring semester of 2020) within the past 10 years. (Note: Any required coursework taken more than 10 years ago will need to be retaken.)

Prerequisites Courses

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

As of 3/24/2020: “The DVM program at Texas A&M CVMBS will accept a grade of “S” in prerequisite courses for which students are enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester. Candidates should be aware that the “S” grade will not factor into the cumulative GPA calculations, the last 45 hours GPA calculations, or the Science/Math GPA calculations. Each of these GPAs is weighted significantly in the ranking of our candidates.”

Animal Nutrition Requirements

Texas SchoolsAnimal Nutrition CoursesFeeds & Feeding Courses
Abilene Christian UniversityANSC 336ANSC 352
Angelo State UniversityANSC 3441ANSC 3342
Lubbock Christian UniversityANS 4324ANS 3403
Prairie View A&M UniversityANSC 3503N/A
Sam Houston State UniversityAGR 373AGR 494
Stephen F. Austin State UniversityANS 333ANS 444
Sul Ross State UniversityANSC 4303ANSC 3403
Tarleton State UniversityANSC 4063ANSC 3094
Texas A&M University (College Station)ANSC 303ANSC 318
Texas A&M University–CommerceANS 308ANS 307
Texas A&M University–Corpus ChristiBIOL 3300N/A
Texas A&M University–KingsvilleANS 407NONE
Texas State UniversityAG 3325AG 4325
Texas Tech UniversityANSC 3301, ANSC 3305ANSC 3307
West Texas A&M UniversityANSC 275ANSC 310

Courses by Correspondence

SchoolAnimal Nutrition CourseFeeds & Feeding Courses
Kansas State University (Tel: 800.622.2578)ASI 318N/A
Oklahoma State University (Tel: 405.744.6390)ANSI 3543N/A
Purdue UniversityANSI 221N/A

Effective October 30, 2019: The University of Kentucky no longer offers a distant education course that is acceptable for the Animal Nutrition or Feeds & Feeding prerequisite. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone.