Admissions Requirements for Students requesting Transfer to Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine


Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU CCVM) considers applications for transfer from students currently attending an AVMA accredited veterinary medical institution outside of North America.

Transfers are only possible when positions in the first, second, or third year class become available.

To be considered for a position in the second or third quarter of the first year class, students must have completed, at a veterinary institution, certain topics in gross anatomy, physiology, microscopic anatomy (histology), embryology, and neuroscience. To be considered for a position in the fall quarter of the second year class, students must have completed the following courses at a veterinary institution: gross anatomy, physiology, microscopic anatomy (histology), neuroscience, immunology and general pathology. Transfers into the third year class are more complicated, so please contact the Admissions Coordinator for more information.

The first step for students interested in transferring to OSU CCVM is to electronically submit the following transfer documents to

  • A transcript for all coursework completed in the professional veterinary program. A 3.0 or higher overall GPA is required. An unofficial transcript will be accepted for initial evaluation; however, final acceptance will be contingent on receipt of an official transcript.
  • An unofficial undergraduate transcript showing all coursework completed prior to entrance to a veterinary program.
  • An updated personal statement outlining the student's career objectives, reasons for applying to OSU CCVM, anticipated educational experience at Oregon State University, clinical veterinary and animal experience, skills, aptitudes, traits or qualities the student would bring to OSU CCVM. In the personal statement, the student must explain any felony convictions and any disciplinary actions taken by a college or university for unacceptable academic performance or conduct violations in the past. Personal statements are limited to 500 words or less.
  • A current resume or CV
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the veterinary institution currently attended by the student. The letter should address any academic or disciplinary difficulties experienced by the student. The recommender may submit either a signed electronic copy or a signed hard copy of the letter.
  • Students selected for transfer will be required to submit official transcripts and other information required by the admissions department. Students must also meet all applicable immigration regulations. Non-US citizens must meet OSU Graduate Admissions language requirement.

Questions regarding admission to the OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine should be directed to or by phone at 541-737-6985.