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, as well as meet the legal requirements developed by the State of Arizona and the AVMA Council on Education Accreditation Standards.

DVM Application Process


1. Complete the VMCAS Application

Applications for Fall 2020 are officially closed. All prospective DVM students for a Fall 2021 start must fill out an online application through VMCAS which opens in January 2020.


2. Request Letters of Recommendation

To apply, you must have two letters of recommendation submitted through the VMCAS application.


3. Personal Essay Prompts

Our admissions process is designed to assess candidates as complete people, with distinct abilities and past experiences. Rather than only looking at sets of scores, we consider your academic and personal circumstances as well as your overall fit within the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine.

Your response to the essay prompts plays a significant part in determining who we would like to interview, so we encourage you to be thoughtful and timely in completing it.

The personal essay section of the application consists of four separate prompts:

  1. There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals and why?
  2. In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?
  3. Consider the breadth of society which veterinarians serve. What attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?
  4. The University of Arizona Values include Integrity (Be honest, respectful and just.), Exploration (Be insatiably curious), Inclusion (Harness the power of diversity) Adaptation (Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next), Determination (Bear Down), and Compassion (Choose to care). We would like to know how you have exhibited one or more of these values in your experiences. Please choose one of the experiences you have listed on your application and discuss how it has encompassed one or more of our university values.

We also ask you to share your experiences (animal, research, veterinary, employment and volunteer experiences); achievements (awards, honors, scholarships).


4. Standardized Test

No standardized test is required, nor will any standardized test be considered.


5. MMI/Interview Day

Interviews for invited applicants will include a Multiple-Mini Interview, a tour of the college, and informational presentations.

Selection Process


Academic Performance

A minimum GPA of 2.5 on your prerequisite courses is required for your application to receive a file review. At least 50% of your prerequisites must be completed at the time of application.  We do not require and will not consider any standardized test results for admission to the program.


File Review

We will review your application for experiences and fit with our college values. PLEASE NOTE:  Applicants will be chosen for the Multiple Mini Interview based on file review.


Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Based on academic performance, file review score, and MMI, the admissions committee recommends students for admission to the DVM program to the Dean of the College.  The Dean of the College verifies that policies and procedures were followed, and, based on that verification, offers admittance to the recommended students.