The College of Veterinary Medicine will introduce you to the exciting world of innovative veterinary healthcare. CVM faculty and students work together in the spirit of One Health, the synthesis of human and animal healthcare. Your education will be strengthened by interaction with Midwestern University's diverse programs and faculty, and you will learn about the wide range of opportunities available in veterinary health care that benefit humans and animals alike. With our state-of-the-art facilities and emphasis on hands-on learning, we will help you build a career as a compassionate and patient-centered member of tomorrow's healthcare team.

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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

General Requirements

  • Prerequisite courses
  • Minimum total and science GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from a veterinarian)
  • Minimum of 240 hours (6 weeks) of animal or veterinary-related experience

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size 100

Class of 2021 Profiles (Admissions Statistics)

  • Class Size: 114
  • Female: 78%
  • Male: 22%
  • Average Age: 24
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.43
  • Average Science GPA: 3.36
  • Average Composite GRE: 56
  • Top Home States: Arizona, California

CVM Leadership

Dean: Thomas Graves, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Carla Gartrell, D.V.M., J.D., DACVIM
Associate Dean for Research: Ashlesh K. Murthy, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Clinical Education: Coretta Patterson, D.V.M., DACVIM
Associate Dean for Clinical Operations: Brian K. Sidaway, D.V.M, M.S., DACVS

Admission Requirements



Students seeking admission to the MWU-CVM must submit the following documented evidence:

  1.  Completion of the admission course requirements (see below) with a minimum science and total GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.  No grade lower than a C will be accepted in any of the required courses (Pass/fail and satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading is not acceptable in the required courses).  Applicants must complete a minimum of 64 semester hours/96 quarter hours of college credit by matriculation.  Although not required, a Bachelor's degree will make a candidate more competitive.  Students must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended post-high school by the deadline of two weeks (14 days) prior to the first day of classes.  Students who are accepted to Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine less than one month prior to the first day of classes will have 30 calendar days from the date of their acceptance to submit all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.  Any special circumstances or requests for exceptions to this policy must be sent to and approved by the Office of the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Students who fail to submit all official transcripts by the stated deadline may jeopardize their acceptance or continued enrollment in the College.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 240 hours (6 weeks) of veterinary, health sciences, animal, or biomedical research experience.  Students with additional hours of work experience will present a stronger case for admission.
  3. Competitive scores on the GRE general test.  Scores from this standardized test should be submitted directly to Midwestern University at school code 4160.  Information on the GRE is found at the following website:  Score reporting typically takes 3-6 weeks so it is recommended to take tests as early as possible in the year of application.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation are submitted to the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). At least one of the letters should be from a veterinarian. The other letters should preferentially be from a pre-veterinary or science professor and from someone who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant.  Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable.

Students seeking admissions to MWU-CVM must:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the veterinary medical profession.
  2. Demonstrate service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  3. Should have a proper motivation for and commitment to the veterinary profession as demonstrated by previous salaried work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  4. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients, clients, and colleagues.
  5. Pass the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  6. Abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  7. Meet the Technical Standards for the College. 

Admission Prerequisites

Prerequisite Course Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
General Chemistry with lab812
Organic Chemistry with lab812
Physics w/lab46
English Composition69
Science Electives**812
*Mathematics courses should be College Algebra or higher
**Science electives include biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, microbiology, genetics, animal nutrition, etc. Student applications may be strengthened by inclusion of a biochemistry course.
Minimum of 64 total semester hours/96 quarter hours

Application Deadline:

To initiate the application process, prospective students must apply through the VMCAS.  The VMCAS application is available online at  The application cycle opens in June of each year.  The official VMCAS application deadline is September 15th of each year. After September 15th applicants can apply online directly through Midwestern University. All application materials must be received no later than March 1st.

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Program Description


The CVM offers a four-year program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree. The first 8 quarters are a combination of classroom lectures, laboratories, simulation lab exercises with standardized clients and patients, and small group student-centered learning experiences.  Hands-on live animal contact begins in the first quarter and continues throughout the program.  Quarters 9-13 involve diverse clinical rotation training. The majority of the time will be spent on campus in state-of-the-art clinical teaching facilities. Students will also have the opportunity to schedule off-campus clinical elective rotations at pre-approved external sites.


The mission of Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine is to improve animal and human life through innovative veterinary education, state-of-the-art health care services, and scholarly work relevant to the principles of One Health.



Midwestern University CVM has initiated the process for accreditation through the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education (AVMA - COE).  In October 2014, the AVMA-COE extended provisional accreditation to the College.

For more information regarding accreditation procedures and policies: AVMA Council on Education, 1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173 • • 847-285-6625 • 847-285-6625

Career Opportunities


Career Opportunities

Many exciting opportunities exist in veterinary medicine. Veterinarians can work in small, large, or mixed-animal general primary care practice or a specialty field such as: anesthesiology, dentistry, cardiology, food animal production medicine, internal medicine, surgery, or wildlife medicine.  Other career opportunities include working in biomedical research, veterinary medical education, diagnostic laboratories, regulatory medicine, public health, industry, or biosecurity.  

U S Employment Projections through 2026 1

Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the national average for all occupations. Candidates can expect very strong competition for available veterinarian positions.

Median Annual Salary (2016)

$88,7701   The starting salary a new D.V.M. graduate earns is dependent on the area of veterinary medicine he/she enters.2  

(1)   Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinarians, (visited March 28, 2018).

(2)   For more information, see Occupational Employment Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages.  Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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