Frequently Asked Questions


1. The importance of Accreditation for Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.

The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) facilitates an important process to help universities and students achieve the highest standards of education in any College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

In the spring of 2019, the AVMA Council on Education (COE) visited the brand-new University of Arizona CVM and met with Dean Julie Funk and various staff to administer a thorough review of the college. The outcome resulted in a Letter of Reasonable Assurance, the first step in our accreditation classification.

Following the admittance of our first class this spring, we were granted Provisional Accreditation. While in provisional status, we will continue to supply evidence of our compliance with the accreditation standards and will be evaluated on our progress until the graduation of our first class.


2. Our path to the first class.

Just like our students, the Arizona CVM has a lot of work to do before we get to graduation in 2023! We will be working with the AVMA through a series of steps to ensure that we have the best program for our students.

Reasonable Assurance: A letter granted to an educational institution indicating that there is reasonable assurance of future accreditation of a developing college of veterinary medicine in the US or Canada.

Provisional Accreditation: A US or Canadian college granted Reasonable Assurance will be moved to Provisional status on the date the initial class is admitted. During this time, a college must provide semiannual reports to assure future compliance with each Standard. Additional evidence can be collected and evaluated through site visits.

Accredited: Following the graduation of the first class, accreditation status is granted to a college with no deficiencies in any of the Standards. Accreditation is granted for a period of up to seven years.  


3. Why Accreditation matters for you.

The oversight provided by the AVMA COE for accreditation maintains assurance that veterinary colleges comply with a published set of quality standards and promotes continuous improvement in veterinary education. Accreditation protects the value of the time and effort taken to receive a degree.

The Arizona CVM is committed to providing the highest standards of education for our students in order to help them succeed in their future careers. Graduates of our program during Provisional Accreditation will be able to take the NAVLE and become fully boarded DVM practitioners with the same rights and abilities as graduates from fully accredited universities.


4. We are waiting for you! Here’s what you need to do to apply.

The following prerequisites are the college courses that prospective students must take prior to beginning the Arizona DVM program. Our prerequisites total 42 semester-based credit hours which prospective students can complete in two years or less at a university or community college. Bear in mind that you need not complete an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to apply to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. Students who earned a degree in a non-science discipline, e.g. English or History, are encouraged to apply!

The grade point average (GPA) required in the prerequisite courses is 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. We also require a minimum of a 3.0 for an applicant’s science and overall GPA. If applicants do not meet the minimum GPAs, further consideration will be granted to applicants that possess GPAs between 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA. GRE scores are not required.

Arizona CVM Prerequisites

Science (6 credits per subject)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics or Biophysics
  • Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry

Math (3 credits)

  • College Algebra or higher, e.g. Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics

Arts & Social Sciences (6 credits per subject)

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Sciences

English (3 credits)

  • English Comp

Animal Experience:

  1. Demonstrate responsibility with animals outside of pet ownership. Display the depth and breadth of diverse experiences, both formal and informal, to understand motivation to pursue a veterinary medicine degree.
  2. Veterinary experience: Veterinary experience may include working or volunteering in research laboratories, clinical practice, animal shelters, zoos, animal rehabilitation facilities, or public health, regulatory, or industrial settings. The quantity, quality, and diversity of experiences are important.
  3. Other animal-related experiences are also evaluated, including raising and caring for different species of animals. FFA and 4-H projects are also acceptable experiences.

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.

Application Process


5. Program applications will be available through VMCAS effective May 12 for future start dates.

Arizona CVM is included in VMCAS for the 2020-2021 cycle. All applicants for the Fall 2021 start and beyond can select the University of Arizona CVM program through the centralized application process.


6. Arizona CVM is committed to containing costs while providing high-quality, hands-on veterinary education.

While investing in a future career is important, choosing a DVM program is a significant decision for students and their families. We are happy to provide information concerning a student’s financial investment in order to better help them plan for their futures. Subject to approval by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), we anticipate offering the following tuition rates:

  • Arizona residents: $15,000 per semester x 3 concurrent semesters = $45,000 per year*
  • Non-Arizona residents: $23,333 per semester x 3 concurrent semesters = $69,999 per year*

*Tuition rate is subject to annual review by the Arizona Board of Regents and excludes fees that may be assessed by the CVM and/or the University of Arizona.

Our program is structured to be completed in three calendar years, meaning you will graduate sooner and get to work one year earlier than you would in most other DVM programs.


7. How to take the necessary steps for licensure in Arizona after completing your DVM degree.

Please click on the following link for more information about licensure through the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board.



8. Practicing veterinarians will be helping every step of the way.

Our curriculum focuses on providing students with the education and experiences to ensure they are ready for their future careers as veterinarians from day one. Our students will be able to learn from animals and work with them their very first week in the program and have more hands-on, real-world practice during their clinical rotations and clinical partnerships as a core aspect of their clinical training.

Students will be rotated through clinical training experiences established through veterinary practices during the third year in addition to their first two-year basic training. Our program will be partnering with veterinarians at hospitals, clinics, specialty practices, zoos, shelters, and industries that employ veterinarians.


9. We’re always open to partnering with new veterinary or surgical clinics.

If you own a practice or work in the industry and are interested in partnering with the Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine, please send your contact information and a brief description of your practice/industry position to For more information about our clinical year, click here.


10. We are excited about our program and would love to have you as a partner!

We recognize that there is a great deal of enthusiasm locally, regionally and nationally for this new program that we envision will benefit the University, the State of Arizona, and the veterinary profession. Conveying your positive support for this program to family, friends, neighbors, representatives, and others is greatly appreciated.  If you are interested in contributing financially to this program, please contact Marianne Capp Hadden, Director of Development for the College of Veterinary Medicine at (520) 621-3714 or