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DVM Admissions Criteria

University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2016

University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2016

Recommended Minimum Academic Criteria

  • Science and Last 45 Hours GPA > 3.0
  • Verbal and Quantitative GRE > 65th percentile
  • Completion of Undergraduate Course Requirements - C or higher
  • >80% of Pre-Requisites completed at the time of application submission

Pre-Veterinary Experience

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine does not have a minimum requirement for pre-veterinary experience. Pre-veterinary experience should reflect a wide range of responsibilities and quality of experiences rather than quantity of hours (that being said, we suggest that applicants have at least 500 hours of veterinary experience in order to earn appropriate responsibilities and opportunities). We recommend that applicants be exposed to both large and small animal clinical practices before applying to our program. This will give them an opportunity to shadow or work with a veterinarian and ultimately obtain letters of reference which are an important part of the application process. Research is also a valuable form of experience, and working in a research environment as an undergraduate or graduate student may also help to develop skills important to veterinary medicine.

Professional References

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine requires at least three professional references in your application. At least one of these references should be a veterinarian. Strong applicants have typically had two veterinary references and an academic reference, but that is not required. Do not use personal or family references if it can be avoided.

Objective Academic Assessment

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM) does not have a set minimum academic requirement in order to be admitted. However, students must pass the Objective Academic Assessment to be considered for admission.

The Objective Academic Assessment evaluates applicants by the following criteria:

  • Verbal GRE Score
  • Quantitative GRE Score
  • Science Course GPA
  • Overall Course GPA
  • Last 45 Credits Course GPA

Candidates are ranked in two independent applicant pools: Sponsored (Florida residents) and Non-Sponsored (Out of state).

Each applying class will have varying academic strengths, therefore the minimum academic scores necessary to pass the Objective Academic Assessment will remain variable from year to year.

Full Application Review

Those students that pass the Objective Academic Assessment will have their entire vet school application reviewed individually by three members of the UFCVM Admissions Committee. Once again, there will be two applicant pools: Sponsored and Non-Sponsored, and the candidates will be scored and ranked on the following criteria:

Academic History and Experience – Prerequisite GPA, GRE, undergraduate institution selectivity, academic load, number of withdrawals, research participation, teaching assistant positions, strength of academic references (if any), and academic flags/concerns.

Pre-Veterinary Experience and Preparation – Amount of legitimate pre-veterinary experience, amount of legitimate animal experience, strength of veterinary/animal-related references, relationship between references and veterinary/animal experiences.

Overall Professionalism and Readiness to Matriculate – Overall professionalism of the application, strength of written communication skills, extracurricular experiences, community involvement, international experiences, awards and recognitions, non-veterinary or animal related employment experiences.

Candidate Interview

In  early-to-mid February the students that pass the Full Application Review will be invited to participate in a mandatory Candidate Interview process. Each applicant will be interviewed by a panel of two members of the Admissions Committee and one Senior Vet Student.

For many years, the UFCVM has utilized structured, 50-minute long behavioral interviews which score on a number of behavioral factors such as teamwork, integrity, and problem-solving to score and rank applicants that participate in Candidate Interviews.

*The Admissions Committee reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding admission of applicants to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

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