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Iowa State University College of 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 in the arts, social sciences, humanities, and communications. 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.

"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.

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.

These requirements are subject to change without notice. Please check with ISU for verification of courses.

Prerequisite Course Work

Applicants must complete the following prerequisite coursework.

Prospective students and applicants are strongly encouraged to contact if there are questions concerning whether or not a course will fulfill the ISU-CVM requirement.

Pre-Professional Curriculum

Core courses for the Pre-Professional Curriculum that can be completed at Hawkeye.

Hawkeye Courses ISU Courses
ENG105 Composition I AND
ENG106 Composition II
English 150, 250, 302, 312, or 314
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communications Speech Communications 212, 223 or 312
BIO112 General Biology I AND
BIO113 General Biology II
Biology 211, 211L AND
Biology 212, and 212L
CHM165 General Chemistry I AND
CHM175 General Chemistry II
Chemistry 177, 177L AND
Chemistry 178, 178L
PHY162 College Physics I Physics 111
Arts, Humanities, and/or Social Science electives (8 credits)  
Electives (8 credits)  

Required Course Work Not Offered at Hawkeye

Organic Chemistry Chemistry 331, 331L, and 332
Biochemistry BBMB 301, OR BBMB 316, OR Biol 314
Genetics Biology 313 OR Genetics 320
Mammalian Anatomy and/or Physiology Biology 155, 255, 335, 351, BMS 329, OR Animal Science 214

Selection Criteria for the College of Veterinary Medicine

Applicants for admissions to the College of Veterinary Medicine must meet the following requirements:

  1. have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.

    The College of Veterinary Medicine is extremely competitive. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission. However a GPA of 3.2-3.5 is strongly recommended in order to remain competitive. Strong grades in the sciences are especially important.

    Grades achieved in courses that have been repeated will be averaged.

  2. 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.

  3. The following are also used to determine admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine:

    1. GRE
    2. Coursework Rigor
    3. Admissions Committee Review
      • Personal Statement
      • Letters of Evaluation
      • Supplemental Application Essays
      • Extracurricular/Community Involvement
      • Veterinary/Animal Experience
      • Personal Development
      • Diversity
    4. Personal Interview



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