Applications and Instructions

Steps to apply for admission to Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine:

  1. Begin the VMCAS application process, VMCAS
  2. Request all transcripts be sent direct to VMCAS, they must be received by September 1, 2014. For more information from VMCAS, visit Transcript verification

    VMCAS Transcripts
    P O Box 9126
    Watertown, MA 02471
  3. Submit GRE scores via ETS to Oregon State University College of Vet Med code: 4565 (scores must be received by October 2, 2014, no scores will be accepted after this date. Scores are only accepted between June 1, 2014-October 2, 2014 and must be resent yearly if you are reapplying)
  4. Complete VMCAS with electronic letters of recommendation prior to October 2, 2014 deadline at 1:00PM EDT/10:00AM PDT. (A minimum of 1 LOR is required for VMCAS to begin processing your application. Applicants are encouraged to complete LOR section of VMCAS by no later than September 1).
  5. Complete Oregon State University supplemental application and online payment by October 2, 2014 at 12:00PM PDT.
  6. Pay online supplemental application fee of $50.00 (payments by mail will not be accepted).

All payments will be processed within 24 hours and application review will begin October 2, 2014 for admission to the Class of 2019.

For questions or concerns about this process please contact Michelle.Waldron@oregonstate.edu or by phone at 541-737-6985

*Note: International applicants follow the same application steps as above. All international transcripts must be articulated/translated to a U.S. (4.0) grading scale prior to submission to VMCAS. If you are applying from a non-English speaking country the TOEFL (http://www.ets.org/toefl) is required.

Below is detailed information for applying to Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU CVM):


VMCAS Application

OSU CVM participates in the Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service (VMCAS), a centralized application processing service. You must complete and submit a VMCAS application to be considered for acceptance into OSU CVM. For more information please visit the VMCAS site. 

  • VMCAS applications are available online in June 2014.
  • If you are applying to more than one school, complete one VMCAS application and indicate the schools to which you are applying.
  • VMCAS applications must be submitted electronically by 1:00PM EDT/10:00AM PDT on October 2, 2014.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.

VMCAS strongly encourages all applicants to submit their initial application/VMCAS fee, all official transcripts and at least 1 letter of recommendation by September 1 for guaranteed processing by the October 2, 2014 deadline.

Supplemental Application

You must submit an OSU CVM supplemental application along with a $50 supplemental application fee.

  • Supplemental applications are available online in June.
  • Supplemental applications must be received by OSU CVM by October 2, 2014 at 12:00PM PDT.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • The supplemental application is received electronically once submitted


Letters of Recommendation

You must arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to VMCAS.

  • You should select recommenders who know you well enough to provide meaningful comments.
  • At least one letter of recommendation must be from a veterinarian with whom you have had significant contact. Applications without at least one letter from a veterinarian will not be reviewed.
  • If you are currently in a graduate program, include a letter from your major adviser.
  • All three letters must be submitted electronically to VMCAS by 1:00PM EDT/10:00AM PDT on October 2, 2014.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

You must take the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which includes verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. The Educational Testing Service administers the computerized GRE and offers multiple test dates.

  • Send your GRE scores directly to OSU College of Veterinary Medicine using our college code: 4565.
  • You must take the GRE within a five-year period prior to applying to our program.
    • We will only accept GRE scores during the current admissions cycle June 1, 2014- October 2, 2014
  • GRE scores must be received by OSU CVM no later than October 2, 2014. 

Transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all institutions directly to VMCAS at the address below. 

  • Each transcript must be in an institutional letterhead envelope and sealed by the Registrar's Office. Sealed envelopes and transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are acceptable.
  • Include all institutions you have attended, even if the courses you took do not seem relevant to veterinary medicine.

  • If you earned college credit in high school, you must submit transcripts from the college granting the credit.
  • If you are an OSU student, you must request and submit transcripts from OSU.

If a school uses a system other than a 4.0 letter-grade scale, we require a grade conversion along with the transcript, if available.

  • If you complete courses at a foreign university not connected to a U.S. education abroad program, you must submit transcripts from the foreign university. If the foreign university uses a different grading scale than the U.S. system (a 4.0 grade scale), you must have the transcript evaluated by a professional evaluation service (for more information please visit the VMCAS website).
  • Transcripts are due to VMCAS by September 1, 2014

  • All transcripts should be submitted to the following VMCAS address, not to OSU:
VMCAS Transcripts
P O Box 9126
Watertown, MA 02471
  • More information on the transcript verification process can be found on the VMCAS website

  • Applications missing transcripts will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. 

Testing Scores

OSU CVM accepts the following credits for lower division courses: Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits.

  • Test credits for AP must be documented by either an official College Board score report or an official transcript indicating AP college credit submitted to OSU CVM. Additional credits must be documented as follows:

    CLEP - Official CLEP transcript;

    DANTES - official score report;

    IB - International Baccalaureate Certificate.


Interviews

After initially reviewing all qualified Oregon resident applications, the admissions committee selects candidates for interviews. CVM faculty members and representatives from the Oregon veterinary community will participate in the interview process. OSU utilizes the the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. An MMI consists of a series of short, structured interview stations used to assess non-cognitive qualities including cultural sensitivity, maturity, teamwork, empathy, reliability and communication skills. Prior to the start of each mini interview rotation, candidates receive a question/scenario and have a short period of time (typically two minutes) to prepare an answer. Upon entering the interview room, the candidate has a short exchange with an interviewer/assessor (usually about 6 minutes). At the end of each mini interview, the interviewer evaluates the candidate’s performance while the applicant moves to the next station. This pattern is repeated through a number of rotations. 

The situational questions posed in a MMI may touch on the following areas:

  1. Ethical Decision Making;
  2. Critical Thinking;
  3. Communication Skills;
  4. Current Societal Issues

Although participants must relate to the scenario posed at each station, it is important to note that the MMI is not intended to test specific knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine. Instead, the interviewers evaluate each candidate’s thought process and ability to think on his or her feet. As such, there are no right or wrong answers to the questions posed in a MMI, but each applicant should consider the question from a variety of perspectives.

*Applicants invited for interviews will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the MMI.

  • If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the actual interview, which usually occurs in late January.
  • If you are a nonresident, you will not be interviewed but will be evaluated and ranked by all other areas as listed in Student Selection Criteria.

Residency Requirements

Approximately forty Oregon residents and sixteen nonresidents are accepted each year into the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU.

Oregon residents are required to be certified as in-state residents by September 1, 2015. Any concerns regarding residency certification should be directed to the OSU Office of Admissions Residency Classification Officer. 

WICHE Applicants

The approximately sixteen available nonresident positions include positions for students who are applying through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) contract from Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota,or Wyoming. Under the terms of the WICHE Compact, select top-ranked certified students admitted from WICHE states are sponsored by their home state and pay resident tuition and fees. If you live in a WICHE state and would like to be considered for WICHE funding, you must apply to your home state for certification no later than October 15. 

Notification of Admission Status

You will be notified of your admission status between December-February

  • If you are not admitted and wish to be considered the following year, you will be required to submit new application materials including GRE scores. 

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

Note: If you are admitted to OSU CVM you will be required to complete an OSU Admission application form at a later date, which includes an additional $60 application fee. [return to top]