Academic Requirements for Admission

No specific undergraduate program is preferred at Oregon State University, but students must complete the prerequisite courses listed below. Many students choose an animal science or biological science major because these bachelor's degree programs generally include most of the pre-veterinary requirements. Also, some of these programs allow students accepted into the DVM program after their junior year to apply credits earned in their first year of veterinary study toward completing a bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree is not required for admission to the OSU CVM. If you are a future or current undergraduate student interested in pre-veterinary medicine programs at Oregon State University, contact a pre-veterinary medicine advisor.

If you are interested in applying to the OSU DVM program please contact Tess.Collins@oregonstate.edu, Admissions Coordinator for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Prerequisite Courses

Successful completion (see "Grading" below) of the following undergraduate courses is necessary for admission to the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Science Prerequisites:

Taking more advanced sequences to satisfy these requirements will be viewed favorably.

  • General Biology - A course sequence in biology (2 semesters or 3 quarters). OSU BI 211, 212 and 213.
  • Biological Sciences - A minimum of at least 4 additional semester or 6 additional quarter credits of upper division biological science courses with at least one laboratory. Recommended courses include additional biochemistry, additional physiology and/or anatomy, animal reproduction, cell biology, cell physiology, epidemiology, histology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, and virology.
  • Physics - A course sequence in physics for science majors (8 semester or 10 quarter credits). OSU PH 201 and 202 (PH 203 is optional).
  • General Chemistry - A course sequence in inorganic chemistry with laboratories (2 semesters or 3 quarters). OSU CH 121, 122, 123 or CH 221, 222, 223.
  • Organic Chemistry - A course sequence in organic chemistry sufficient to meet requirements for upper division biochemistry (1-2 semesters or 2-3 quarters). OSU CH 331 and 332.
  • Biochemistry - A minimum of 1 semester or 2 quarters of upper division biochemistry; a complete course sequence is preferred. OSU BB 450 and 451
  • Genetics - A course in general genetics that includes both Mendelian and molecular genetics (3 semester or 4 quarter credits). OSU ANS 378 or BI 311.
  • Mathematics - A course or course sequence in college level algebra and trigonometry or higher level math such as calculus.
  • Physiology - A course in animal or human physiology (2 semester or 3 quarter credits). OSU ANS 314, Z 331, Z 430 or Z 431.
  • Statistics - A course(s) in statistics (3 semester or 4 quarter credits). OSU ST 201 or ST 351.

General Education Prerequisites

The requirements below will be considered met if the applicant has earned a bachelor's degree by July 1 of the year in which they are accepted into the program.

  • English - At least 4 semester or 6 quarter credits of English writing (e.g. English composition, technical writing).
  • Public Speaking - At least 2 semester or 3 quarter credits of public speaking.
  • Humanities/Social Sciences - At least 8 semester or 12 quarter credits of humanities or social sciences courses.

Grading

All prerequisite courses taken after August 2004 must be graded on an A-F scale and not taken as pass/fail. Any grade below C- in a prerequisite course is considered unsatisfactory and the course cannot be accepted to fulfill a requirement. Applicants can fulfill the requirement by repeating the same course or by substituting a higher-level course in the same field as that of the required course. A student who attends an institution that traditionally does not provide grades will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to the prerequisite courses, applicants are encouraged to take elective courses to better prepare them for the veterinary curriculum and profession. Suggested elective courses include: animal science courses, business related courses, embryology, and microbiology.

Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam credits for lower division prerequisite courses are accepted. Credit must be reflected on the official ETS College Board Score report or on an official college transcript.

Please note:
Students must complete prerequisite courses by July 1 of the year in which they are accepted into the program.

Complete and final academic transcripts for all accepted applicants must be received by OSU CVM by August 1 of the year in which they are accepted into the program. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify receipt of these materials.

For more information please contact michelle.waldron@oregonstate.edu