Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine to start in Pullman, Logan, or Bozeman?
Students interested in starting the program at any of our campuses will complete the VMCAS application and the WSU/WIMU supplemental application. All applicants apply to Washington State University. Accepted Utah residents attend the Logan campus for their first two years, followed by two years on the Pullman campus. Accepted Montana residents attend the Bozeman campus for their first year, followed by three years on the Pullman campus. Accepted Washington, Idaho, and WICHE-sponsored applicants attend the Pullman campus all four years. Nonresident applicants can apply to Logan and/or Pullman. Nonresidents must indicate on their WSU/WIMU supplemental application for which campuses they would like to be considered.
Do I need to submit transcripts when I apply?
All transcripts are submitted through the VMCAS system. Only students offered an interview and eventually admitted to the veterinary program will be asked to provide transcripts directly to WSU.
What should I major in at college?
Veterinary medicine is a rigorous science based field. When evaluating an applicant, emphasis is placed on physical and biological science preparation. Prerequisite coursework is considered an essential foundation, while excellence in additional upper division science courses further indicates that an applicant is more likely to be able to successfully complete our program. Applicants can major in any subject area, and are evaluated based on the rigor of the coursework completed as requirement of that major. The committee strongly recommends completion of the baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation to the DVM program. If a baccalaureate degree has not been earned by the time of application or matriculation, the committee will still base its decisions on the strength and breadth of the applicant's educational background.
Is it acceptable to attend a community/junior college?
While some prerequisite courses may be taken at a community college, other coursework may only be available at a four-year institution. If you do attend a community college, be sure to get in touch with a transfer advisor to make sure all credits will be transferable to a four-year institution and a pre-veterinary advisor at your institution to ensure your classes satisfy the prerequisites for the DVM program.
Does it matter where I get my undergraduate degree?
No, what is more important is your success in your academic program. The Committee will review the rigor of the program and its courses, as well as the rigor of an applicant's schedule at a given period of time. Some schools do offer more or less rigorous programs and this should be considered by prospective students.
How many years are required in veterinary school?
Four years of study are required in the professional program to obtain a DVM degree, regardless of the number of years spent in pre-professional or pre-veterinary preparation.
Do all of the prerequisites have to be completed before I submit my application?
No. The Admissions Committee will look for evidence that the physical and biological science prerequisites have been satisfactorily completed or will be completed prior to entry into the DVM program. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of prerequisite coursework completed at the time of application. While some prerequisites may be in progress or planned at the time of application, applicants will be expected to have completed all the prerequisite courses with a C- or higher before entering our program.
How do I know if my college courses satisfy the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine prerequisites?
Prerequisite coursework is checked at the time of application review. We highly recommend speaking with a pre-veterinary or pre-health advisor at your institution if you have questions about prerequisite courses to determine which courses at your institution will fulfill our prerequisites. You can also visit our prerequisite webpage for more information. If you are an academic advisor and need additional assistance please contact us.
Are my chances of getting into the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine program better if I attend WSU as an undergraduate?
No. Qualified students are accepted from academic institutions around the world. A student’s state of residency, however, is a consideration. Additional information is available in class statistics.
Does WSU have a "tracking" curriculum?
A tracking curriculum, in which students are asked to identify species or discipline interests very early in their veterinary medical education, is not practiced at WSU. Our curriculum is designed to provide our graduates with a core knowledge base, meaning that each graduate leaves the DVM program with the knowledge they need to function as an entry-level veterinarian across the full range of domestic species. Students are able to enhance their preparation in specific areas of interest by taking various electives, supplemental core courses, and participating in off-campus experiences.
What if I have a disability?
The WSU program is committed to assisting students who have disabilities with reasonable accommodations. Students with concerns should contact the WSU Access Center.
How are applications from underrepresented groups considered?
The program is committed to recruiting and admitting a highly qualified, diverse student body.
If I am a non-traditional student and veterinary medicine is a second career choice, what should I do to start pursuing my new career choice?
All applicants are evaluated based on the same academic and non-cognitive criteria. Please review the information listed under the "Admissions" section of this website and contact us if you have further questions.
What is the gender distribution in the veterinary program?
Entering classes for the past five years have included approximately 75% women and 25% men.
Can I take the VCAT or MCAT instead of the GRE?
No. We do not accept any substitutions for the GRE General Test.
Can I retake the GRE to improve my scores?
Yes. WSU will consider the highest score per section from exams taken within the five year period.
Is it appropriate to list religious activities on the application?
Yes, if they are relevant to one of the application sections. Many applicants participate in service activities, national and international mission work, and gain other life experience from participation in a belief system. Applicants should feel welcome to include this information where appropriate.
Do evaluations from influential people help?
These evaluations help no more than those from any other individual. Generally, the best evaluations are written by people who know the you well enough to provide candid and detailed information about your technical and non-technical abilities.
Should I apply for financial aid before I know if I have been accepted?
Yes, definitely! The FAFSA priority deadline for our program is typically in late January of the year you plan on entering our program, though FAFSA applications will be accepted throughout the spring. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Can I reapply if I don't get accepted to veterinary school?
Yes. Many of our successful applicants have applied more than once; some have applied multiple times.
Do I need to submit a new application the next year I wish to apply?
Yes. Applications are not carried over from year to year, so if you are unsuccessful and wish to be reconsidered for admission in a different year, you must submit a new VMCAS application (including transcripts and evaluations) and WSU/WIMU supplemental application.
Does WSU accept transfer students from other veterinary programs?
Transfers are extremely rare, and based on openings within our current classes. When you accept a veterinary program position, you should be prepared to remain in that program for its entirety as transferring is not a guarantee. If you wish, you may continue in the transfer application process. Completed transfer applications will be reviewed by our Director of Admissions and representatives from the Admissions Committee. In the event that a position does open up, an offer may be made to the top applicant in the transfer pool. Please be sure to read our transfer policy for more information.
Does the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine offer a veterinary technician/assistant program?
No. Please see the AVMA website for more information on veterinary technician/assistant training programs.
What courses should a high school student take to prepare for a career in veterinary medicine?
A high school student should follow a solid college preparatory program, including English, mathematics, sciences (particularly biology, chemistry, and physics), and social sciences. Please see our prepare page for more information.