The Arizona Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program is part of the University of Arizona’s One Health initiative, an interdisciplinary effort to use new tools in data analytics to better understand the intersections of human and animal health, particularly as they relate to agriculture, food, and national security. The DVM program leads the profession as a learning-centered program focused on developing career-ready veterinarians who will live healthy meaningful lives and serve society. Our three-year, nine-semester, continuous program is one of the most affordable in the nation and will enable students to earn salaries one year earlier than their peers in traditionally structured 4-year programs. Our curriculum utilizes an evidence-based educational model called team-based learning, where students take ownership of their education, develop excellent teamwork skills, and retain more information than in standard lecture-style classrooms.
The Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is advancing a hybrid-distributive clinical educational model. During the first six semesters students will be introduced to clinical concepts and skills both in classroom settings and with large and small animals on University facilities. Clinical training during the final three semesters of study will involve rotations through a vast network of clinical affiliates. During these rotations students will have access to normal and diseased animals in a diverse array of clinical settings.
The hybrid-distributive clinical year model will consist of:
With a focus on active learning and a team-based curriculum, the College of Veterinary Medicine prepares students to be day-one-ready practitioners.
University of Arizona - Main - Oro Valley
All prospective students must first apply through VMCAS. The VMCAS deadline is September 15. We require a minimum cumulative, prerequisite, and science GPA of 3.0. If applicants do not meet the minimum GPAs, further consideration will be granted to applicants that possess GPAs between 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA. Please refer to the VMCAS course classification guide when calculating your overall undergraduate science and overall GPA as it may be different from your school’s local GPA calculation.
Courses must be a grade of C- or higher.
Our science prerequisites do not require labs, however, labs are strongly recommended. Lab credits taken in conjunction with a lecture-style course (or similar) do count toward GPAs.
Online and community college courses are acceptable.
College course credit awarded for AP science courses may fulfill the relevant core prerequisites. The admissions committee will also expect to see advanced-level undergraduate courses in the science disciplines for which the AP credit was awarded.
CLEP, AP, and IB credits are acceptable only if shown on a college transcript from an accredited undergraduate degree-granting institution. If they show as a grade of “G” on transcripts, we will ask for your scores.
We will accept pass/fail prerequisite courses if taken during 2020 and 2021 as part of the COVID-19 consideration. No more than half of a student’s prerequisites can be graded pass/fail.
ARIZONA CVM PREREQUISITE COURSES, 42 credits (must meet or exceed credits in all areas listed; no grade can be below a C-)
Biology (6 credits)
Chemistry (6 credits)
Biophysics or Physics (6 credits)
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry (6 credits)
College Algebra, Trigonometry, or pre-Calculus or Calculus or Statistics (3 credits)
Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)
English Composition (3 credits)
While a bachelor's degree is not required for admission, competitive applicants will posess a bachelor's degree or higher. We require 90 units to be completed by the time of matriculation. If you are admitted without 90 credits by matriculation, your offer will be rescinded.
Courses may be repeated to meet the grade requirement. Only the highest grade will be factored into the prerequisite GPA, however, the lower grade may be factored into the overall and science GPA by VMCAS.
Graduate and post-baccalaureate coursework will be considered for all prerequisites.
We do not have an expiration date for coursework. However, we recommend more recent coursework to ensure students are prepared for our rigorous program.
50% of prerequisites must be completed or in progress by the fall application deadline.
In-progress courses must appear as such on the official transcript(s) sent to VMCAS.
An applicant must at minimum be registered for one of two courses in biology, chemistry, physics/biophysics, biochemistry/organic chemistry, and one English and one math class at the time of application.
All prerequisites must be completed, and grades posted by your institution, by June 30 of the application year, prior to matriculation in August.
International applicants may be required to provide proof of English proficiency.
Required test(s): none
Required GRE Subject tests: n/a
Recommended tests: none
Recommended GRE Subject tests: n/a
Minimum GRE Verbal: n/a
Minimum GRE Quantitative: n/a
Minumum GRE Written: n/a
Minimum GMAT: n/a
Minimum MAT: n/a
Minimum TOEFL: minimum score of 79 iBT (or 60 on the revised PBT with no section score lower than 15).
Minimum IELTS: minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below a 6
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
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The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree will be delivered over six pre-clinical semesters on University of Arizona campuses, followed by three clinical semesters within a hybrid-distributive network of clinical training sites. Semesters one through five will be an organ-system and competency-driven format addressing multiple species. Additionally, students will learn relevant professional skills related to business, finance, critical thinking, One Health, clinical skills and strategies for personal wellness as a student and a professional.
Following the start of the sixth semester, students will be able to focus on specific areas of individual interest in a myriad of veterinary disciplines. These disciplines include small and large animal medicine, food animal medicine, public health, research, zoo/wildlife medicine, lab animal medicine, avian medicine and exotic species medicine. These tracks are designed to give students focused pre-clinical experiences in preparation for the clinical training year.
Clinical training will be focused during semesters seven through nine and divided into 13 four-week blocks. Seven of these four-week blocks will be considered “core” rotations required by every student to complete. The remainder of the clinical year (20 weeks) are student-selected electives focused on an area of career interest. Students can use these electives to explore veterinary career paths or further their proficiency in species or disciplinary areas of professional interest.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.