UK has the largest pre-veterinary
program in the Commonwealth
UK students have been accepted not only to Auburn
and Tuskegee, but also in the highly competitive
world of out-of-state
applicants to veterinary schools at Tufts (Massachusetts),
Tennessee, Purdue (Indiana), Michigan, Illinois, Iowa,
Kansas, Colorado and other schools.
Any Kentucky resident has the opportunity to apply
for contract seats at the veterinary schools at Auburn and
Tuskegee Schools of Veterinary Medicine. (Kentucky does
not have a veterinary school.) Historically, UK has had
50+% of all KY applicants to Auburn’s College of Veterinary
Medicine, as well as 50+% of students accepted. During
the past 10 years, Kentucky has had 90-100 applicants per
year. While some schools can boast an 80% acceptance rate
to Auburn, they might only have 5 applicants. During the
past 15 years, UK has had ~45 applicants per year for Auburn’s
34 Kentucky seats.
Central Kentucky offers students
opportunities to work with world class equine veterinarians in hospitals, at
horse shows, racetracks and on farm calls. Volunteer and
paid positions exist working with equine and small animal
veterinarians, as well as large animal veterinarians.
The Director of the Pre-Veterinary advising program,
Dr. Roberta Dwyer, has 23 years'
experience in advising
and has spoken at national college advising conventions
on trends in veterinary admissions. She is a veterinary
graduate of Iowa State University and has visited 11 North American veterinary schools, and programs in the Caribbean, Finland,
UK pre-vet students have been successful in obtaining
semester-long internships at Disney, Orlando, FL and at
the Cincinnati Zoo. Opportunities exist for international
study tours through the College of Agriculture.
The UK Pre-Vet Club is one of the largest clubs in the
College of Agriculture and can provide the leadership and
community service activities that are desired by veterinary
The UK Pre-Vet program holds Mock
Interviews to prepare applicants for the “real” veterinary school interview.
The mock interviewers are Veterinary Science faculty and
local veterinarians who have actually served on veterinary
school selection committees at Cornell, Louisiana State
University, and Auburn.
courses are required for pre-veterinary medicine?
||A curriculum based on
chemistry, biology, physics and liberal arts is required.
Pre-veterinary advisors should be contacted for specifics,
as they vary from college to college.
courses should a student take in high school in preparation
for studying veterinary medicine?
||A good background in
biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and English
is of utmost importance since both pre-veterinary and
veterinary medicine programs are based on these subject
matters. Furthermore, these subjects should allow students
to score well on comprehensive college entrance examinations
so they have a better chance of attending their college
many years of study are required to complete the pre-veterinary
This program consists
of a minimum of 72 semester credits (117 quarter credits)
for Auburn; 100 semester credits for Tuskegee. Because
of sequential courses and an attempt to distribute
rigorous courses, most students take 3 years (6 semesters)
or more to complete the requirements. At the end of
3 years most full-time students have completed 85-100
credits. However, most successful applicants attain
a BS or BA degree prior to entrance to veterinary school.
Once accepted into veterinary school, four years
of course work are required to complete DVM degree
an undergraduate degree necessary for admission into
No, although the
majority of people accepted have completed 4 or more
years of college.
In any professional program where the number of
applicants exceeds the quota, it is advisable to
choose a degree program to complete concurrently
with the pre-veterinary program. It is strongly recommended
that a person in pre-veterinary studies select a
degree goal by the second year in college. The student
should then consult an advisor in that field, while
continuing to consult a pre-veterinary advisor.
the undergraduate degree have to be in agriculture?
No. It may be in
any college so long as the required courses are completed;
however, many fine programs and careers are available
Each student chooses his/her own degree program.
This area of study should be selected based on future
career interests in case the student does not become
can a degree in veterinary medicine be obtained?
Under the Southern
Regional Education Board (SREB) Plan, the Commonwealth
of Kentucky cooperates with schools of veterinary medicine
at Auburn University where Kentucky's quota is 34 entering
students each fall and Tuskegee where the quota is
2. Both veterinary schools are in Alabama. Kentucky
residents pay in-state tuition at Auburn and a certain
portion of Tuskegee’s tuition is paid by Kentucky.
There are presently 28 schools of veterinary medicine
in the United States and 4 in Canada; however, many
of these schools cooperate in regional plans with
adjoining states on prescribed quotas. This makes
admission to these for out-of-state students extremely
competitive and expensive.
is the status of acceptance of women?
||Women are equally competitive
for admission to veterinary schools. The current national
trend of incoming freshman veterinary students shows
more than 70% are women.
a person apply to more than one school?
||Yes, providing that
the student has met course requirements for each school.
The average GPA for accepted students is 3.5 on a
4.0 scale. A person applying to Auburn must have a minimum
GPA of 2.50; Tuskegee, a GPA of 2.70, at the time of application. Kentucky students
applying to other veterinary schools are considered as
non-residents and have extremely stiff competition for
a person has the minimum required grade point average,
is there assurance that the student will be admitted?
||No. In fact, because
of the keen competition for the available positions,
it is recommended that applicants have at least a 3.0
grade point average on all work attempted. Also the GPA
on required science courses is considered as well as
the grades in Organic Chemistry and Physics (should be
3.0 or higher).
admission be considered for a student lacking any of
the required courses?
||No. It is necessary
that every requirement be completed before June 15 of
the year of anticipated entrance to veterinary school.
is eligible to apply?
Only legal residents
of Kentucky who meet the academic requirements may
apply under the contractual plans to Auburn and Tuskegee.
Legal residency is determined by the Kentucky Council
on Postsecondary Education.
Residency forms for admission to each of the veterinary
schools and instructions for completing them are
available from the pre-veterinary advisor in June. Students
attending a school without a Kentucky Pre-veterinary
advisor should contact Dr. Roberta
Dwyer at the University of Kentucky for advice.
The deadline for applying is October 1 for Auburn
and Tuskegee (subject to change).
makes the selection for admission to the various schools?
||Selection is made by
an admission committee at each of the schools. Auburn
applicants work through the VMCAS application (www.vmcas.org).
Tuskegee applications are available on-line.
Students are interviewed in February or March at the
respective institutions. No one in Kentucky participates
in the selection.
are the criteria for selection?
A comprehensive study
of an applicant is carried out by the selection committee
in determining those who will be accepted. In order
for a student to be competitive in gaining admission
to a veterinary school it is necessary that a grade
point average of 3.0 or higher be maintained
on all college work. Courses in physical sciences,
biology and mathematics are closely scrutinized by
selection committees. A high grade point average is
important but not the sole criterion. The student must
be mature and able to work with people, as demonstrated
by community and leadership activities. Animal and
veterinary experience is necessary; large and small
animal veterinary experience is highly desirable. Students
must have one letter of recommendation from
a veterinarian, one from an academic person, and one from a person of the student's choice.
With a specific number of seats available to the
state, all positions must be filled with candidates
who will remain for the entire program, e.g., four
years after a class of 90 students begins, it is
expected that 90 veterinarians will be graduated.
Should any position become vacated at any time by
a Kentucky student, it cannot be filled.
||Yes. Reapplication merely
exhibits a continuing determination to be a veterinarian.
Reapplication does not ensure acceptance, but students
have been accepted after applying three consecutive years.
financial aid available for students in veterinary
||Yes. All financial aid
is administered by the Office of Financial Aid at each
of the schools, with many students attending veterinary
school obtaining graduate student loans.
Kentucky have a school of veterinary medicine?
||No. There are no current
plans for the establishment of a veterinary school in
there an age limitation for applicants?
||The veterinary schools
do not discriminate on the basis of an applicant's age,
gender or race.
is the competition for admission to veterinary school?
In general, there
are 90-100 Kentucky resident applicants for the 34
seats at Auburn each year.
further information on degrees in the College of Agriculture:
UK College of Agriculture, http://www.ca.uky.edu
(Pre-Vet studies is NOT a degree program.)
|AVMA accredited schools:
Veterinary Medical Association
The pre-vet bulletin board is found down
the hall from Dr. Mullen’s office (N-6, Ag. North).
Here you will find updates on courses, information on pre-vet
club meetings, pre-registration meetings, help wanted, etc.
ALL pre-vet students being advised through
UK must sign up for the pre-vet listserv:
the text of the message is subscribe ukprevet-L yourfirstname
yourlastname. You must use your UK e-mail address.
Grade Point Averages:
A MINIMUM 2.5 GPA overall is required
for your application to be considered for Auburn. A student
with a GPA of 2.49999 will NOT be evaluated by the Auburn
Veterinary Admissions Committee. Minimum GPA requirements
vary among other vet schools. Average Overall GPA’s
for admitted students is 3.45 - 3.65.
Advanced Placement credit should be cleared through
Dr. Dwyer for applicability to Auburn & Tuskegee requirements. Students must check with all other veterinary schools on their acceptance of this type of credit.
All required courses must have a letter grade
of a C or higher. Some courses must be taken within 6 years of application. See GPA
Veterinary experience is very important in
your application. Having worked with a veterinarian and being
able to obtain a letter of evaluation is practically mandatory.
Ideally, students should have experience with small and large
animals. The time to start is in high school, and continue
Applications to veterinary school take
place a year before anticipated starting of vet school. Auburn
participates in the Veterinary Medical School Application
Service (VMCAS). Further information is available at: http://www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm. Deadline
for applications is October 1. Tuskegee and Auburn require
the revised general Graduate Records Exam (GRE).
Tuskegee has their own application available on-line with an October 1 deadline.
Students interested in applying to veterinary schools other
than Auburn and Tuskegee are responsible for obtaining application
information directly from the school. The book Veterinary
Medical School Admission Requirements in the United States
and Canada is available from Purdue University Press,
phone 1-800-933-9637 or 765-494-2038. This book is highly recommended
and provides general admission information. New yearly editions are usually available in September. http://www.thepress.purdue.edu
The following are additional courses which
will be beneficial in vet school (not to be considered as Electives
necessarily). Consult your undergraduate degree advisor to
determine if these courses are applicable to University degree
All applicants to Auburn University and Tuskegee University
are required to complete the GRE revised General Test (verbal, quantitative
and analytical). The College of Veterinary
Medicine at Auburn will have its own identification code so
that scores will be reported directly to them.
The GRE is given by computer in both Lexington and Louisville.
The fee is approximately $175. For registration information,
call 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-473-2255. It can be taken by computer at Prometric Testing Center, Lexington. Students should allow adequate
time to take the test twice should they not like their first
exam scores. Final scores need to be reported to Auburn and Tuskegee by October 1.
It is highly recommended to study for the
GRE by using study guide materials readily available at campus