Admissions Criteria

Recommended Academic Criteria

* Science, Last 45, and Overall GPAs greater than 3.0

* Completion of Undergraduate Course Requirements with a letter grade of C or above

* 80% of Prerequisites 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. We recommend that applicants be exposed to both large and small animal clinical practices before applying to our program under the supervision of veterinarians. 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. We strongly recommend that at least one of these references be from a veterinarian. Family references should be avoided.

NOTE: Starting with the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, the GRE test will no longer be required for admission.

Admissions Process

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, Science, Last 45 and Overall GPAs will be used in evaluating the academic ranking of applicants. Candidates are ranked in two independent applicant pools: Florida residents and Out-of-State.

Full Application Review

Applicants selected from the academic ranking 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: Florida residents and Out-of-State, and the candidates will be scored and ranked on the following criteria:

Academic History and Experience –  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 Process

In January-February candidates selected from the full application review pool, will be invited to participate in the Interview process. Each applicant will be interviewed by a panel of two members of the Admissions Committee and one upper division Veterinary Student.

Candidates will have a 45-minute long behavioral interview which will be scored on a number of behavioral factors such as teamwork, integrity, maturity and problem-solving.

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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