Academic Requirements – Prerequisite Courses

Candidates are responsible for organizing and completing all prerequisites outlined below. If you have specific questions regarding requirements, please contact the admissions office.

  • Students must earn a "C-" or better in all prerequisite courses.
  • Prerequisite courses in which a "D" or "F" was earned must be repeated. Both the original and repeat grades will be included in grade point calculations for the cumlative and last-45 GPA. For any repeated science prerequisite, the highest grade will be used.

A two-semester sequence with laboratories is required.  To fulfill this requirement, higher-level science courses may be considered by the admissions committee.

A one-semester course in organic chemistry with laboratory is required.

A two-semester sequence with laboratories in general physics or introductory physics is required. Calculus-based physics is not required.

A one-semester introductory course in biochemistry without a lab will meet the minimum requirement. Topics should include metabolism and chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Courses in biochemistry that provide broader coverage would be helpful to an applicant.

Two semesters of English are required. Public speaking or communication courses do not satisfy the English requirement. Advanced placement credit for one semester/quarter of English will be accepted.

The math requirement can be met by courses in algebra, pre-calculus, or calculus. Computer science courses are not acceptable.

Courses to meet this requirement may include, but are not restricted to, art, philosophy, history, economics, psychology, or sociology.

An introductory medical terminology course that covers the correct pronunciation, correct spelling, and meaning essential to use and understand medical terminology is required. This course requirement can be fulfilled online or at any accredited college or university.

The  admissions committee recommends taking additional liberal arts courses.

Disruption of academic progress due to COVID-19

The disruption of academic progression due to COVID-19 has compelled the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine to implement alternative admissions policies to accommodate for the following situations:

  • Undergraduate programs that have not changed their current letter-grade system.
  • Undergraduate programs that offer an "opt-in" alternative grading system: We strongly encourage students who have the option to take courses for a letter grade to do so.
  • Undergraduate programs that are currently under a mandatory alternative grading system.

All courses with credit hours and letter grades are calculated into an overall GPA, prerequisite GPA, and last 45-hour GPA for purposes of assessing academic performance. This process is in place regardless of whether the credit is counted towards a degree or has been counted towards a school-calculated GPA.

Binary non-qualitative grades (e.g., pass/fail, credit/no credit, and satisfactory/unsatisfactory) do not have value or weight on the overall GPA. Unless a school provides an alpha letter grade conversion, these courses will not count towards a GPA, but will be included in the credit hours achieved. This policy includes prerequisite courses: Candidates will receive credit for the course, but unless there is a letter grade associated with the course, the course(s) will not have an impact on the GPA calculations.

Academic Guidelines

Undergraduate Majors

  • VA-MD Vet Med does not require a specific undergraduate major; however, it is strongly recommended that applicants enroll in a degree program of their choice to prepare for alternate career goals.
  • Students majoring in liberal arts or other non-science disciplines are advised that they may find it less difficult to deal with the veterinary curriculum if they do not limit their science studies to the minimum course requirements.

Course Completion

  • Applicants must have completed three academic years (or six semesters) of college courses by the end of the spring term of the calendar year in which matriculation at the veterinary college is sought.
  • All required course work must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year in which matriculation is sought. There is no option to complete prerequisite courses during summer term of the year of matriculation.
  • If an applicant fails to register for or withdraws from a prerequisite course projected for spring-term completion, his or her application will be removed from consideration, and any offer of interview or admission will be retracted.

Seven Year Policy

  • In cases in which an applicanat has taken required science courses seven or more years prior to the application deadline, the classes may be repeated, or courses of a higher level substituted, with the written approval of the Admissions and Standards Committee.
  • Upon approval, the repeated or substituted courses will be used in the calculation of the Required Science Course GPA. ALL courses taken will be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
  • Note: This is no limit on how far back courses can be taken.

Advanced Placement/Credit by Examination Guidelines

  • Advanced placement credit for one semester/quarter of English will be accepted if the additional required hours are composition or technical writing courses taken at a college or university.
  • Advanced placement credit or credit by examination for other pre-veterinary course requirements will be accepted. However, advanced placement credits will not be calculated in grade point averages, and no grade will be assigned. No course substitutions will be allowed for AP credit or credit by examination.
  • AP credit must appear on the college transcript.

Standardized Testing

  • The GRE is not required and will not be considered in our review process.