Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
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Is Pre-Veterinary Medicine Right for Me?
Students should also be motivated by a sincere concern for animal and human populations, a desire to serve the public, and a genuine interest in the medical field.
Preparation for Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Students contemplating careers in veterinary medicine should prepare in both high school and college with a solid foundation in the biological and physical sciences. They should have a general knowledge of the arts, social sciences, humanities, and communications.
Pre-veterinary students are strongly encouraged to complete a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling in the College of Veterinary Medicine, however, a Bachelor’s degree is not required for admissions. Applicants must only complete the specified prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university to fulfill the academic requirements.
What Undergraduate Major Should I Choose?
“Pre-veterinary medicine” is not a major but a pre-professional track that can be chosen within a major. Pre-veterinary medical students may pursue any undergraduate major of their choosing. The College of Veterinary Medicine seeks students with diverse backgrounds and encourages them to enroll in a major which meets their interests and goals. Although science majors such as animal science, biology, zoology, animal ecology, biochemistry, and microbiology are most common, admitted veterinary medicine students have also had degrees in business, fine arts, music, English, engineering, and psychology. The required pre-professional courses can be obtained through the curricula of a variety of fields of study.
Required Undergraduate Coursework
Applicants to the College of Veterinary Medicine must have completed the following prerequisite coursework. Credit earned must be equivalent of the Iowa State University courses listed.
If a course is marked with an asterisk (*), both courses in the series must be taken at Hawkeye to transfer as the listed courses.
Selection Criteria for the College of Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine is highly competitive. Applicants for admissions to the College of Veterinary Medicine must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and have completed 60 semester credits by the end of the spring term of the year in which the applicant seeks to be admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine. If a course is repeated, both grades will be used in the GPA calculation. The second grade does not replace the first grade.
All science requirements should be fulfilled by the time of application or scheduled for completion by the end of the fall term in which the applicant applies. However, if necessary, the applicant may complete up to two required science courses after the fall term providing a transcript with the courses and grades listed is postmarked by July 1 of the year the applicant would enter. There is no maximum number of non-science required courses that may be completed but the transcript deadline of July 1 applies. The July 1 deadline for transcripts and grades is firm.
Breakdown of Selection Criteria Factors
35% GPA: Science course GPA and last 45 credit GPA will both be taken into consideration. Although a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required, a GPA of 3.5 is strongly encouraged to remain competitive. Strong grades are especially important in science courses.
5% Course Load
25% Admissions Committee Review: The committee reviews each applicant’s personal statement, recommendations, essays included in the supplemental application, extracurricular/community activities, animal and veterinary related work experience, personal development, diversity, and any special circumstances.
These requirements are subject to change without notice. Students are advised to work closely with both their Hawkeye academic advisor, as well as with an advisor in their intended transfer major, and contacts at the College of Veterinary Medicine as needed.