By: Charlie Powell
At 117 years old, Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU-CVM) is the fifth oldest in the U.S., the sixth oldest in North America, and among the best equipped veterinary colleges in the world.
Dollar for dollar, WSU is among the best values among the nation’s veterinary colleges. Each year, approximately $600,000 in scholarship support is distributed to our veterinary students. Additionally, WSU veterinary graduates leave with one of the lowest average veterinary educational debt loads nationwide.
The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine DVM program has expanded into a cooperative program known as the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah (WIMU) Regional Program in veterinary medicine. The WIMU Regional Program is a partnership between Washington State University, University of Idaho, Montana State University, and Utah State University.
Our program accepts students from all of our contract states and seats are also available for nonresidents. The WIMU Regional Program is also a partner with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) veterinary medical program and welcomes WICHE-sponsored students from Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming.
Preparation for application is essential as competition is intense for the limited number of seats in veterinary colleges. Beginning in high school, students are encouraged to successfully complete as many science and math courses as possible, shadow a local veterinarian, and keep a log of all experience hours.
We highly recommend students work with both a pre-health or pre-veterinary advisor in addition to their major advisor during their undergraduate career. These advisors will help direct students to develop a competitive application with a strong balance between academic success and non-cognitive skill sets.
Applicants are selected based upon their potential to successfully complete the rigorous science-based program. Academic criteria include grades, quality and rigor of academic program, and GRE scores.
Successful applicants should also spend time gaining animal, veterinary, research, volunteer, and work experience. Other factors that are considered in the admissions process include extracurricular activities, honors and awards, a personal essay, and letters of recommendation.
The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine includes four undergraduate programs, too. There are innovative fast track BS-to-PhD programs for students dedicated to graduate study, and all students are encouraged to participate in the research programs of our renowned faculty. These academic programs in the college have a proven track record of preparing students to succeed, with high levels of placement in graduate programs, professional schools (medical, veterinary, and pharmacy), and medical technology careers. Visit this page for more information.
WSU’s veterinary college is home to some of the nation’s very best biomedical research programs, attracting some of the highest levels of federal funding per faculty member. Understandably then, the program naturally attracts some of the world’s brightest graduate students who work toward advanced degrees. Complete information for graduate studies at WSU and within the WSU veterinary college can be found here.
WSU encourages all who are interested in additional information about our programs to visit our website at www.dvm.vetmed.wsu.edu.