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UGA Vet School Requirements

Last Updated on November 12, 2022 by Fola Shade

DVM Application Process - University of Georgia College of Veterinary  Medicine

Getting into vet school is a competitive process. We receive many more applications than we can admit each year. But don’t let that discourage you — start planning early, work hard and focus on your end goal.

A successful applicant to the CVM is someone with a well-rounded undergraduate education. Your major can be biology, animal sciences, business, or even art — basically any subject that interests you — as long as you complete the prerequisite courses with a C (2.0) or better by the end of the spring semester before enrollment.

You should also have a minimum of 250 hours of diverse veterinary experience (including, but not limited to, clinical practice, biomedical research, and public health); show leadership potential and involvement in your community, and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

For the UGA CVM, the minimum requirements to be considered for admission are either:

  • an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0


  • GRE (Verbal + Quantitative) greater than 308 (1200 old scale)

The   following   technical   standards,  in   conjunction   with   the   academic   standards   of   UGA   CVM,   are requirements   for   admission,   progression   through   the   curriculum,   and   graduation.

Prerequisite courses
Required courses (in semester hours) must be completed by the end of spring term with a grade of C (2.00) or better prior to fall matriculation. These courses must be completed at an undergraduate level. All required science courses must be taken within the last 10 years.

  • 6 hours of English;
  • 14 hours of humanities or social studies (examples of courses: psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, government, foreign languages, economics, or fine arts);
  • 8 hours of general biology (for science majors; full year with laboratory — please note that BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1104 taken at UGA will NOT count toward our general biology requirement);
  • 8 hours of general chemistry (full year with laboratory);
  • 8 hours of organic chemistry (full year with laboratory);
  • 8 hours of physics (full year with laboratory);
  • 3 hours of biochemistry;
  • 8 hours of advanced biology courses (300/3000-level or higher biology courses(at the undergraduate level) that have general biology as a prerequisite.  Behavior, production and ecology courses do not count toward the advanced biological sciences requirement. Recommended: 300/3000-level comparative anatomy, physiology, microbiology, cell biology, or genetics).

Online Courses

DVM Application Process - University of Georgia College of Veterinary  Medicine

As of April 4, 2016 we will accept Biochemistry and Advanced Biology courses from an online program that is regionally accredited. We do, however, still highly recommend that you complete these courses in the traditional lecture style, if possible. We will not accept online courses for any of our other science prerequisites (General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Physics).

Three electronic letters of recommendation are required with your application that you will submit to VMCAS.

  • At least one must be completed by a veterinarian you have been employed by or for whom you have done volunteer work.
  • The others should be completed by people who can evaluate your background fairly and judge your potential for entering the veterinary profession.

Committee reference letters will not be accepted.

  • Take the Graduate Record Exam with the Analytical Writing portion. The Analytical Writing test will be required.
  • Tests must be taken in time for the official results to be received (not postmarked) by the College by September 15th of the year you apply.
    Have the ETS (Educational Testing Service) send your GRE scores directly to the College of Veterinary Medicine (institutional code 5752).
  • The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine no longer requires applicants to take the GRE Biology Subject Test.
  • GRE scores are only valid for 5 years.
  • If you take the GRE more than once, the highest scores you achieved will be considered.
  • GRE Scores sent to ANY location other than the specific code associated with the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine (5752) will not be accepted.

Cost of Veterinary School

The estimated cost of attendance is outlined below. While these figures are based on the expenses of a typical student, your individual spending habits will determine your actual expenses. The estimated cost of attendance is higher for third year students because of the continuous year of clinical training. Students attend nine semesters during the four-year DVM program. The most current rates for tuition and fees can be found on the UGA Bursar & Treasury Services website.

Estimates for the 2022 – 2023 Academic Year

RESIDENTYear 1Year 2Year 3*Year 4
Books & Supplies190190285190
Miscellaneous Living Expenses3,3863,3865,0793,386

*3rd year students attend courses/rotations in the fall, spring, and summer (3 semesters)

OUT-OF-STATEYear 1Year 2Year 3*Year 4
Books & Supplies190190285190
Miscellaneous Living Expenses3,3863,3865,0793,386

*3rd year students attend courses/rotations in the fall, spring, and summer (3 semesters)

Financial Aid

All students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be eligible for federal loans. The UGA Federal school code is 001598. For questions relating to financial aid, you should contact the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid.

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