College of Veterinary Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Admission Requirements

College of Veterinary Medicine

Students seeking admission to the CVM must submit documentation of the following:

  1. Completion of prerequisite coursework or plans to complete the coursework prior to matriculation (confirmed by official transcripts).
    • Minimum science and minimum total cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
    • No grade lower than a C in any course will be accepted for credit. (Pass/fail and satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading is not acceptable in prerequisite science courses).
  2. Completion of a minimum of 240 hours (6 weeks) of experience in veterinary practice, health sciences field, or biomedical research. Students with additional hours of work experience will present stronger cases for admission.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
    • At least one of the letters must be from a veterinarian.
    • The other letters can be from other veterinarians, undergraduate science professors, or from someone who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant.
    • Letters written by family members are not acceptable.
    • Letters must be submitted by evaluators. Letters submitted by students are not accepted by the Office of Admissions.
  4. Although not required, a Bachelor's degree will make a candidate more competitive.
  5. A minimum of 64 total semester hours/96 quarter hours.

Admission Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biochemistry 3 4
Biology 8 12
General Chemistry with lab 8 12
Organic Chemistry with lab 8 12
Mathematics* 6 9
Physics with lab 4 6
English Composition 6 9
Science electives** 8 12

*Mathematics courses must be college algebra or higher; Advanced placement math courses may be substituted for college courses.
**Science electives include cell biology, physiology, microbiology, genetics, animal nutrition, etc.