Normally, the minimum academic requirements for an applicant to be considered for admission are:
(a) Completion of four or more terms (semesters) of full-time post-secondary undergraduate education at a recognized university or at a college providing university-equivalency in coursework. A full-time term is defined as a minimum of four courses per term (semester) completed during the standard Fall (September to December) and/or Winter (January to April) Terms. Repeat attempts on a course may not be used to meet the requirements of a full-time term (see “d” below). The third and/or fourth terms may be in progress at the time of application but at least four terms of undergraduate education must be completed by April 30th of the year of admission.
(b) A minimum combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 ("B" or its equivalent) over each of the last four full-time terms of undergraduate academic years, as defined above. The combined GPA of the last three undergraduate terms as of January of the year of admission will be used to calculate GPA for interview eligibility and selection. The last four terms as of April of the year of admission will be used to calculate GPA to determine eligibility and rank for admission. Applicants may use the average GPA of courses from their most recent graduate program to count towards their most recent full-time term provided that the graduate degree will be completed in the year of application prior to registration in the DVM program.
All units/credits completed during the Winter 2020 term will be counted toward a student’s full-time status defined in (a) above.
Grades associated with courses taken during the Winter 2020 term will only be considered when all units/credits presented on the transcript for the Winter 2020 term are reported as a letter/numerical grade.
(c) A minimum overall average of 3.00 ("B" or its equivalent) with a passing grade in each of the following required courses*. Once this requirement has been met, the average GPA from the required courses will not be used further in the admissions process.
Two Introductory Biology courses
Two Introductory Chemistry courses
One Introductory English course
One Introductory Organic Chemistry course
One Introductory Statistics course
One Introductory Biochemistry course
One Introductory Genetics course
One Introductory Ecology course
*Required courses completed during the Winter 2020 term that received credit using a non-weighted grading system (e.g., pass, credit received, completed requirements etc.) will be accepted as meeting the requirement, however, will not be included in the average calculation.
A required course may not be repeated more than once for consideration. Grades achieved in a course or its equivalent completed three or more times will not be considered. No more than four of the required courses may be repeated.
Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing the required courses, with at least seven of the ten required courses being completed before December 31 in the year preceding admission. In-progress courses must be completed by April 30 of the year of admission. Repeat courses may not be used towards meeting the definition of a full-time term (see “b” above). A grade that is achieved from a repeat attempt on a required course cannot be used towards the four-term GPA.
(d) Courses completed more than 10 years prior to the application date will not normally be considered in the admissions process. Rare exceptions may be made for applicants who have continued to work or study in a health sciences-related field following completion of an undergraduate degree.
Applicants are advised to monitor the UCVM website for any exceptions or changes to these requirements. Students requesting an exception to any aspect of the minimum academic requirements must do so at the time of application by completing the necessary section of the application form. Such requests will normally only be considered on submission of a complete application.