Application Process

The admission policies and procedures are developed by the College Admissions Committee. The Committee is charged with using policies that are evidenced-based and in alignment with the values of the College of Veterinary Medicine while meeting the legal requirements developed by the State of Arizona and the AVMA Council on Education Accreditation Standards.

Application Process

Deadlines are subject to changes made by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine as the ever-evolving environment and options for future applicants are addressed. All updates will be made through this site as more information is released.

All applications should be made through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) and submitted to VMCAS no later than 11:59 pm EST on September 15.


1. Review the Essential Qualifications for Veterinary Medical Students

To ensure that incoming veterinary medical students can complete the entire curriculum established by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College requires that each student meet the technical standards defined in the document below.

Prospective students do not need to sign this form as part of the application process but will be expected to if admitted into the program.

UA CVM Essential Qualifications and Technical Standards.pdf

UA CVM Essential Qualifications and Technical Standards.pdf

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2. Complete the VMCAS Application

The VMCAS general application portal opens on January 21, 2021, for those interested in beginning their DVM studies in fall 2022. Applicants may select college programs to apply to, including the University of Arizona, beginning May 2021. Apply today!

Components of the VMCAS Application include:

  1. Letters of Recommendation: VMCAS requires at least three but no more than six electronic recommendations (eLORs) to be submitted through VMCAS. At least one recommendation should be from an individual who can speak to your professional (not personal) interactions/experiences with animals. This could be a veterinarian, site coordinator, clinic manager, etc. VMCAS does not accept eLORs by email, express mail, or by postal mail.
  2. Personal Essay Prompts: VMCAS requires that applicants share their experiences (animal, research, veterinary, employment, and volunteer experiences) and achievements (awards, honors, scholarships). We do not specify the number of hours nor the type of experiences an applicant may offer - each applicant will have something unique to share. In addition to a personal statement essay required by VMCAS, we require one supplemental essay concerning your fit with the University of Arizona values. This essay is included within the VMCAS application program materials under The University of Arizona application questions. Responses to the essays play a significant part in determining whom we select to interview, so we encourage you to be thoughtful and reflective and suggest that you ask someone you trust to proofread your responses for clarity, syntax, grammar, and spelling.
  3. Standardized Test: No standardized test is required for admission to the Arizona DVM program, nor will any standardized test be considered. International students may need to provide proof of English Proficiency.


3. Applicants who meet GPA and prerequisite requirements will be invited to complete a supplemental assessment. There is a nonrefundable $50 fee plus tax for this assessment.

  1. To earn a supplemental assessment, you must have a 3.0 cumulative, science, and prerequisite GPA and meet our prerequisite requirements.
  2. Applicants who have a cumulative, science, or prerequisite GPA between 2.75 – 2.99 will be given an additional review. They will be screened for evidence of the candidate’s ability to navigate the rigors of the veterinary medicine curriculum. Some candidates will progress through the application cycle, and some will be denied at this point.
  3. If you have below a 2.75, we encourage you to meet with a pre-health advisor for advice on satisfying our minimum requirements.  


4. Complete the MMI process.

  1. Invitations to interview will be sent following the assessment of both the VMCAS application and supplemental assessment.


5. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance, denial, or waitlist status and will be required to make a final decision by April 15. A seat fee may be imposed for accepted students.

Selection Process

The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach in the review of every application at each stage of the process. Each component of the application provides a global perspective of who you are and your pathway to veterinary medicine. Coursework, experience quality, personal statement and evaluations of recommendations are considered individually and, as a whole, to select future veterinarians who meet the overall College mission and can be substantial contributors to the profession.

Members of the Admissions Committee include members of the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, administrators, and staff who interact with veterinary medicine applicants. Committee members discuss each qualifying applicant in detail, including experiences, attributes and metrics.

The Committee will explore the applicant’s motivation for seeking veterinary degree awareness and understanding of the profession, leadership, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal skills.

Weekly reviews of applicants will occur until all interviewed applicants have been considered. Notifications to applicants will be sent by email revealing final status: Accepted, placed on the alternate list, or not accepted.

All decisions are final.

Note: Candidates with a cumulative GPA and science GPA of 2.75-2.99 will be screened for evidence of the candidate’s ability to navigate the rigors of the veterinary medicine curriculum. Some candidates will progress through the application cycle and some will be denied at this point in the process.

Academic Performance

Applicants must achieve a minimum cumulative, prerequisite, and science GPA of 3.0 to receive a file review. Cumulative, prerequisite and science GPAs of 2.75 - 3.0 may be considered for review. No more than two prerequisite courses should be in progress by the fall application deadline. We require all prerequisite courses to be completed by June 30th of the matriculation year. We do not require and will not consider any standardized test results (i.e., GRE) for admission to the program.


Animal Experience

Demonstrate responsibility with animals outside of pet ownership. Display the depth and breadth of diverse experiences, both formal and informal, to better understand the motivation to pursue the veterinary medicine degree.

Visit the VMCAS site for more information about what types of experiences you can employ on your application and how to submit them appropriately.

Honors Program applicants, please download and fill out the following form to submit with your application.


Applicant Experiences

Share the value of your contributions to demonstrate a holistic perspective of you as a candidate, including veterinary, animal, employment, research experiences, community or volunteer involvement, awards and honors.


Supplemental Assessment

Applicants who meet our GPA and prerequisite requirements will receive an invitation to complete our supplemental assessment. During this stage, applicants will participate in a virtual interview process. If you receive this email invitation, you must complete the interview within 10 days of the email sent to you. If you fail to submit within 10 days, your application will no longer be considered. There is a $50 fee for this assessment.


File Review

We review applications to better understand an applicant's fit with the Arizona CVM values, relative experiences and attributes, and the strength of their academic preparation.


Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

After the review of your VMCAS application and your supplemental assessment, you may be invited to participate in the Arizona CVM Applicant Visit Day, including Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI). The MMI will include scenarios that assess college fit, address the motivation for pursuing veterinary medicine and other attributes important for evaluating each applicant's interests in the Arizona CVM. Arizona CVM will offer up to 300 interview invites.