Traditional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program


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The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine provides students with a strong, multi-species foundation and allows opportunity to focus on species or discipline interests. MSU CVM is one of only several US colleges of veterinary medicine that—like most colleges of human medicine— allows two full years of mentored clinical education.

In light of many colleges and universities offering alternative grading options for the spring 2020 term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Admissions Office at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine will accept all satisfactory and passing grades. Following our normal protocol, any student making an unsatisfactory grade in a prerequisite class must successfully complete a retake of the class (with a grade of C- or higher, passing, or satisfactory) prior to submitting their application through VMCAS.

All coursework in the first two years are core requirements for all students. MSU students receive core instruction in all major domestic species and do not “track.” The fourth year provides time (26 weeks) for students to select areas, with the approval of their advisors, to concentrate by taking elective coursework and externships in private practices, other universities, institutions and industry.

Our graduates are highly sought after and are offered opportunities to work all over the world in a variety of different capacities!

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The academic year at MSU CVM for first-year students begins in mid-June. In order for an applicant to be considered for admission, all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to entering the DVM program.

In addition to meeting all academic and deadline requirements, an applicant must be in good standing at his/her current university, as well as at all colleges or universities he/she has attended. A student who has been dismissed from another college of veterinary medicine will not be considered for admission to MSU CVM.

The Application

All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online at beginning in late January, the year before you intend to enroll. The deadline for the submission of applications and all application materials is generally mid-September and will be stated on the VMCAS website. The deadline for the 2020-2021 application cycle is September 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

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Transcripts must be submitted to VMCAS from all institutions attended. This includes any high school/college dual credit coursework or AP credits. AP credits must either appear on your official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework or your institution's Registrar's Office must provide us with an AP Certification listing the AP credit and the equivalent college-level course it fulfilled. If AP credits are not listed on your official transcript, contact your institution's Registrar's Office to have an AP Certification sent to

Failure to submit all transcripts could result in an incomplete application. If coursework from one institution is listed as "transfer coursework" from another institution, the official transcript from the transfer institution must be sent to VMCAS as well.

Transcripts sent directly to MSU CVM will not be evaluated as a part of your application. Late transcripts will not be accepted. 

If you are taking courses during summer 2020, wait until summer grades are posted before sending transcripts to VMCAS. VMCAS will only verify your transcripts one time during the admissions cycle. 

For information regarding VMCAS, click here.

Entrance Requirements

Course Requirements

We require the below prerequisites for entry into our DVM program. Although all prerequisites do not have to be completed by the time of application submission, it is highly encouraged. Applicants with questions regarding the courses taken or offered at their undergraduate institution that satisfy the prerequisites should complete the prerequisite substitution form and email it to

Prerequisite Substitution/Fulfillment Form

Communications - 6 semester hours

Course Total Hours
Writing (English composition is suggested) 3 semester hours
Speech (Public speaking or oral communications is preferred) 3 semester hours
A junior- or senior-level technical writing course may substitute if it includes an oral communication component  

Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts - 15 semester hours

Any combination of courses in the below categories such as:

  • psychology
  • economics
  • music appreciation
  • history

A list of what MSU considers Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts can be found here.

Math - 6 semester hours

College algebra is minimum level

Biological Sciences - 8 semester hours

Biological science courses with labs for science majors

Microbiology - 4 semester hours

Microbiology course with lab for science majors

General Chemistry - 8 semester hours

General or inorganic chemistry courses with labs for science majors

Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours

Organic chemistry courses with labs for science majors

Biochemistry - 3 semester hours

Biochemistry courses taken at the junior or senior level (3000 or 4000)

Physics - 6 semester hours

Physics courses may be trigonometry-based or calculus-based, labs not required

Advanced Science/Math Electives - 12 semester hours

Advanced science elective courses refer to junior-, senior-, and/or graduate-level courses.

Examples include upper-level courses in these areas:
  • Animal Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • Cellular Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative anatomy
  • Comparative Zoology
  • Differential Equations
  • Embryology
  • Genetics
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Parasitology
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Other Science-Based Subjects

The same advanced science elective cannot be used to satisfy another required prerequisite. Advanced science elective courses refer to junior, senior, and/or graduate level courses that are typically numbered 3000, 4000, or higher.

*Science courses must be completed or updated within 5 calendar years of the anticipated date of enrollment.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLORs) are required as a part of the admissions process. The VMCAS application allows each applicant to submit the names and email addresses of evaluators. At least one of the evaluators must be a veterinarian. 

    We recommend registering your evaluators as soon as possible to allow them an ample amount of time to complete your eLOR. Evaluators are strongly encouraged to provide a letter of recommendation which reflects the rubric evaluation completed in addition to the letter.

    Additional recommendations beyond the three required will not be considered in the admissions process. eLORS are to be submitted electronically to VMCAS (not MSU CVM) by September 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. No recommendations will be accepted after this deadline.

    Hint: when selecting evaluators be sure to choose individuals who know you well enough to elaborate on your experience, motivation and dedication. Then follow up with them to be sure they have correctly submitted the materials to VMCAS.

    Standardized Testing

    The Graduate Record Exam (GRE®) is not required for admission consideration. An applicant whose primary language is not English is required to submit either a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required to be considered for the doctor of veterinary medicine program.

    Supplemental Application Processing Fee

    In addition to the VMCAS application, MSU CVM requires a supplemental processing fee of $60 to offset direct application expenses. More information and instructions may be found HERE or on the MSU CVM VMCAS homepage.

    Selection of the Class

    A veterinary student checks on an equine patientAcademic Assessment

    The academic assessment is based on both the applicant’s prerequisite GPA and the overall GPA. The committee also considers factors such as strength of schedule, difficulty of courses, etc.

    GPA Requirements

    A minimum overall GPA of 2.8 is required.

    The minimum GPA must be maintained throughout the application process (application through matriculation). The average overall GPA for applicants that were offered a seat in the Class of 2024 was 3.7-3.8.

    No grade lower than a C- is acceptable in any required course at the time of application (application through matriculation). Remediated and repeated courses must be completed (not in progress) before the application is submitted.

    Non-Academic Qualifications

    The MSU CVM Admissions Committee considers both academic qualifications and non-academic qualities in the initial review of applications to select candidates for interviews. The committee seeks to admit students who will succeed not only in the classroom, but also in clinical and research settings, and ultimately, in the profession.

    The ideal candidate has a balance of these non-academic qualifications:

    • Understanding of veterinary profession
    • Integrity
    • Communication skills
    • Empathy
    • Orientation towards service
    • Uniqueness
    • Motivation/self-determination
    • Strong work ethic
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Leadership abilities

    In addition, the committee considers the applicant’s personal responses to essay prompts and letters of reference as well as experience working with a veterinarian and animals.  


    The MSU CVM Admissions Committee reviews completed applications of qualified applicants beginning in late July. Interviews are a required part of the final process. Invitations for interviews will be sent out beginning in late summer via email to the applicant's VMCAS entered email address. Those selected for an interview will interview on campus on pre-assigned dates from early fall through early spring.


    Prior to the final acceptance for admission, each successful applicant must enter a contract with the MSU CVM in which the applicant agrees and obligates himself/herself to pay the tuition, fees, and expenses applicable to the applicant's resident or non-resident status that exists at the time the applicant submits their VMCAS application. In addition, the applicant must agree and obligate himself/herself in the contract to continue to pay the tuition, fees and expenses during the applicant's entire MSU CVM DVM education experience that are applicable to that same initial status determination, thereby waiving any right to petition for a change in residency status for the purpose of calculating tuition.

    Please be aware that the Registrar's Office at Mississippi State University is the office that processes petitions for Mississippi residency. Applicants that wish to petition for Mississippi residency must do so prior to submission of their VMCAS application. 

    An admitted applicant's status will not change for his or her entire MSU CVM veterinary medical educational period.


    MSU CVM has contracts with South Carolina and West Virginia. To be considered for one of these positions, applicants must contact their state agency and be certified as a resident of that state.

    • South Carolina applicants should complete the form here
    • West Virginia applicants should complete the form here.
      • This program is processed through West Virginia University but is open to WV residents attending any institution.

    Admission Deposit

    Upon accepting a position in the class, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to hold the position and will be credited toward tuition and fees at enrollment.

    Please contact the Office of Student Admissions by phone at 662-325-4401 or email at

    The following information is subject to change at the discretion of the CVM Admissions Committee: Entrance Requirements, Selection of the Class, and Timeline.