Applications and Instructions (VMCAS and Supplemental)

To apply for admission to the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU CVM), applicants must submit the following items:  a VMCAS Application, an OSU CVM Supplemental Application, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, AP (and other test scores) when relevant, and official transcripts from each college and/or university attended.

  • VMCAS Application
    The OSU CVM participates in the Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service (VMCAS) which is a centralized service for processing applications. All applicants must complete and submit a VMCAS application to be considered for acceptance into OSU CVM. Starting in June, applications are available on-line at VMCAS. Applicants applying to more than one school need only complete one application and indicate the schools to which they wish to apply. The VMCAS application must be submitted to VMCAS electronically by noon, EDT, on October 2, 2008. VMCAS will not accept late applications.  
  • Supplemental Application
    Applicants are required to submit an OSU CVM Supplemental Application and $50 supplemental application fee. The signed application and fee must be received by OSU CVM by October 2, 2008. Supplemental Applications received after October 2 will not be accepted. Applications with late or missing Supplemental Applications will not be reviewed. Supplemental Applications that are not signed will not be reviewed.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    All applicants are required to arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to VMCAS. Individuals selected to submit recommendation letters should know the applicant well enough to provide meaningful comments.  At least one letter of recommendation must be from a veterinarian with whom the applicant has had significant contact.  Applications without a letter from a veterinarian will not be reviewed.  Students currently in a graduate program should include a letter of recommendation from their major advisor. All three letters of recommendation must be electronically submitted to VMCAS by noon, EDT, on October 2, 2008. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact reviewers early to request letters of recommendation. We suggest that reviewers receive 45-60 days notice prior to the application deadline.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    All applicants are required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which includes the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections. The computer-administered GRE has multiple dates and is administered by the Educational Testing Service. Applicants should arrange to have their GRE scores sent directly to the College of Veterinary Medicine. The GRE code for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University is 4565. The GRE must be taken within a five-year period prior to applying to veterinary school. GRE scores must be received by OSU CVM by October 2, 2008.  It is the applicant's responsibility to schedule and take the GRE early enough for scores to be sent and received by OSU CVM by October 2. We suggest that applicants schedule the GRE several months prior to the application deadline. For more information regarding the GRE, please visit 
  • Transcripts
    Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions listed on the VMCAS application to the OSU CVM regardless of the number of courses taken at the institution.  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.  Please note the following:
    • All institutions attended must be included even if courses taken at the institution do not seem relevant to veterinary medicine. 
    • Students who earned college credit in high school must submit transcripts from the college granting the credit.
    • Students attending Oregon State University must request and submit transcripts from OSU.
    • If a school uses a system other than letter grading, we require a grade conversion along with the transcript, if available.
    • Students who complete courses at a foreign university not connected to a U.S. education abroad program must submit transcripts from the foreign university. If the foreign transcripts use a grading scale different from the system used in the United States (a 4.0 grade scale), the transcript must be evaluated by a professional evaluation service (for more information please visit the VMCAS website at 
    • All transcripts must be received by OSU CVM by October 2, 2008. 
    • Applications missing any transcripts will not be reviewed. We suggest that applicants request transcripts at least 30 days prior to the application deadline.
  • Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTE), and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits
    AP, CLEP, DANTE, and IB exam credits are accepted for lower division prerequisite courses. These credits must be documented by original score reports submitted to OSU CVM and must meet Oregon State University's minimum requirement in the appropriate subject area. All official score reports indicating credits used to fulfill prerequisite courses must be received by OSU CVM by October 2, 2008. 

Submission of Application Materials

The VMCAS application, VMCAS application fee, and letters of recommendation must be submitted to the AAVMC. The OSU CVM Supplemental Application and fee, official transcripts, GRE scores, and test scores that meet our prerequisites must be submitted to the OSU CVMIncomplete applications will not be evaluated. 

For fall 2009 admission, all application materials must be received by October 2, 2008. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure all materials needed for the application package are received by the application deadline. Applicants should plan accordingly to submit all components of the admissions application well in advance of the deadline. 

Applicants admitted to the OSU CVM will be required to complete an OSU application form at a later date. Complete and final academic transcripts for accepted applicants must be received by OSU before August 1, 2009.


After initially reviewing all qualified Oregon resident applications, the Admissions Committee selects candidates for personal interviews. Notification of an interview appointment is made approximately two weeks prior to the actual interview, which usually occurs in mid to late February. Nonresident applicants are not interviewed but are evaluated and ranked by all other areas as listed in Student Selection Criteria.
Interviews are conducted by a committee of faculty members and a representative of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association. During the interview, candidates are evaluated for interpersonal communications skills and scope and knowledge of the veterinary profession. Candidates are also given an opportunity to expand on or explain information provided in their application. 

Residency Requirements

Approximately 40 Oregon residents and eight 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, 2009. Any concerns regarding residency certification should be directed to the OSU Office of Admissions Residency Classification Officer.

WICHE Applicants

The approximately eight 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, Utah, or Wyoming. Under the terms of the WICHE Compact, a certified student admitted from a WICHE state is sponsored by his/her home state and pays resident tuition and fees. Students must apply to their home states for certification no later than October 15.

Notification of Admission Status

Applicants will be notified of their admission status between February and March. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to be considered the following year must submit new application materials.