Prerequisite Course Information
A candidate must have completed the minimum pre-veterinary course requirements as listed at the time of matriculation.
- All pre-veterinary course requirements must be completed by the end of the Spring term of the year in which you intend to matriculate.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- Pre-veterinary course requirements may be completed at any accredited college or university offering courses equivalent to those at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
- Completion of pre-veterinary course requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Pre-veterinary Course Requirements
|Social Sciences/ Humanities
|General biology / zoology with lab
|General Inorganic Chemistry with Lab
|Organic Chemistry with Lab
|Physics with Lab
|Biochemistry, Exclusive of Lab*
|*This should be an upper-division course in general cellular and comparative biochemistry. Half of a two-semester sequence will not satisfy this requirement. The biochemistry course requirement must have been satisfactorily completed within five years of the time you wish to enter the professional program.
|Total semester credit hours
* Applicants are strongly encouraged to take additional courses in the biological and physical sciences, especially comparative anatomy, mammalian physiology and microbiology with laboratory.
Submission deadline: September 15, 2015 12AM Midnight EST
Application process: All applicants (resident and non-resident) must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS web-based application will be available online at: https://portal.vmcas.org/
VMCAS is not involved in the admissions decisions. Admissions decisions are the prerogative of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
You are strongly encouraged to apply early to avoid online transmission congestion.
Appropriate application fees should be sent to VMCAS, not to the college. Only the Supplemental Application Fee should be sent to the college.
Go to VMCAS Portal then see Instructions
Application information packets may also be obtained from:
The College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive, Room A104C
Knoxville, TN 37996-4550
The electronic application for admission for Fall Semester 2015 must be completed and submitted at the website: www.aavmc.org
Supplemental Information Form
Submission deadline: October 2, 2015 1PM EST
This form is REQUIRED for admission to the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Please fill-in the SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FORM ($45.00 fee is required).
- Click the SUBMIT button on the form.
- When you have successfully completed the form, you will be directed to our online payment area to pay the required $45.00 fee.
Deadline for Applications
Completed applications must be submitted online to VMCAS no later than September 15, 2015 12AM EST. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation and all college transcripts must be submitted for the application to be considered complete. The Supplemental Information Form must be completed no later than September 15, 2015 12AM EST.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to request a minimum of three (3) VMCAS Evaluation Forms and Letters of Recommendation to be submitted electronically. Three letters of recommendation are preferred; six (6) letters of recommendation will be the maximum number of evaluations accepted.
Requesting transcripts be sent to VMCAS is also the responsibility of the applicant. These transcripts must be official copies, in sealed envelopes, from appropriate college/university registrars, for all post-secondary institutions that you have attended. These transcripts must include ALL course work completed through Summer, 2015. Transcripts must be sent directly to VMCAS with the exception of Fall 2015 and Summer 2016 transcripts, which are sent to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine upon completion of courses.
A NON-RESIDENT APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF 3.2 ON A 4.0 SCALE FOR HIS/HER APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Prerequisite Course Information
The GRE General Test is required to be considered for admission.
- GRE College Code: 2104
- GRE Department Code: 0617
* You must designate that your GRE General Test scores be sent directly to The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. *If your GRE application does not offer or accept school code 2104, you must call ETS and request for your scores to be sent to us. Sending them to the University of Tennessee Graduate School will not get the scores to the College of Veterinary Medicine. You must specify College Code 2104.
* Deadline for the College to receive GRE scores is September 15, 2015.
For applicants planning to matriculate in the College in August 2016, September 15, 2015 applications, results of GRE tests taken prior to December 31, 2011, will not be accepted.
Disadvantaged/Hardship Statement (optional)
Applicants that submit valid Disadvantaged/Hardship statements will be reviewed if below the academic benchmark to assess if further review is appropriate based on conditions of hardship. Examples of hardships could include but are not limited to the items listed below.
- Economic Opportunities
- Educational Opportunities
- Cultural Background
- Discrimination based on race, religion, gender, etc.
- Physical Disabilities
- Family Challenges
- Other Mitigating Circumstances
Applications are accepted only from U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Selection of applicants is a three-phased process and is normally completed by mid-January.
- A point value is derived from evaluation of academic transcripts and the GRE Scores.
- A point value is derived from faculty evaluation of complete application and disadvantaged or hardship statement.
- Evaluation of non-academic attributes of those individuals selected after phases one and two.
- Not all applicants will be invited for personal interview.
PHASE ONE EVALUATION: Academic Review
In all categories, grade point average (GPA) is calculated on all course work attempted, including repeated courses.
||All course work including graduate work. GPA x 6
|All Math and Sciences GPA
||All undergraduate level math and science courses. Including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Life and Animal Sciences. GPA x 12
|Recent UG GPA
||The most recent 45 hours f undergraduate course work. Partial semesters and quarters will be used to reach 45 hours. GPA x 6
(Note: All Sciences, Math and Recent UG GPA are calculated using only undergraduate level course work.)
Credit Hour Calculations
Total number of semester hours successfully completed at the time of application will be assigned points as follows:
GRE Score Conversion
|Over 94 = 1
||Over 114 = 4
|Over 100 = 2
||Over 120 = 5
|Over 107 = 3
||Over 127 = 6
Scores from the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections of the GRE will be evaluated. A maximum of 25 points will be added to each applicant’s academic evaluation based on performance on each section of the GRE. For the verbal and quantitative sections, maximum of (10) points for each section may be earned. Verbal and quantitative sections have been scored in two formats. For the analytical section, up to five (5) points may be earned for scores of 3.0 or greater. Examples of the old and new formats for verbal and quantitative, as well as examples of analytical section scoring are listed below.
|Verbal and Quantitative Old Format Scoring
||Verbal New Format Scoring
|510 = 0.33
|520 = 0.67
|530 = 1.0
|540 = 1.33
|153 = 0.50
|154 = 1.00
|155 = 1.50
|156 = 2.00
|Quantitative New Format Scoring
|144 = 0.25
|145 = 0.50
|146 = 1.00
|147 = 1.50
|3.0 = 0.50
|3.5 = 1.00
|4.0 = 1.50
|4.5 = 2.00
The maximum number of points an applicant can earn on the Academic profile calculation is 127. The lowest Academic profile score with which an applicant will be interviewed may vary from year to year depending on the number of applicants to be admitted and the qualifications of the applicant pool, and is determined annually by the Student Selection Committee.
Phase Two Evaluation: Holistic Packet Review
Applications are reviewed by a team of 3 faculty members. The maximum points an applicant can achieve for Phase Two is 100. Complete applications will be assigned to faculty members and scored based on the criteria listed below.
- Academic Credentials
- Veterinary Experiences
- Letters of Reference
- Personal Statement
- Written Communication Skills
- Supplemental Disadvantaged/Hardship Statement
- Personal Qualities (community service, leadership, work history, interest area, cultural competency, and diversity)
Phase Three Evaluation: Interview
The third phase of the selection process is the non-academic evaluation and interview. Each applicant selected for the Phase Three Evaluation will be interviewed during a single meeting with members of the College faculty. Each interview team member scores the applicant independently. An interviewed applicant may earn a maximum of 100points phase three that is normalized to 100%. Criteria interviewers may evaluate include but are not limited too.
- Experience with Animals
- Knowledge of the Veterinary Profession
- Personal Qualities
- Leadership Potential
- Personal Statement
- Demonstration of Critical Thinking Skills
- Potential to Contribute to the Profession
- Supplemental Application
Total Score Calculations
The Academic Review (Phase One) constitutes as 33.4% of the total score. The Holistic Packet Review and Interview (Phase Two and Three) will each count 33.3% of the total score.
- Phase One Score x .334 = Phase One Adjusted Score
- Phase Two Score x .333 = Phase Two Adjusted Score
- Phase Three Score x .333 = Phase Three Adjusted Score
- Total Adjusted Score
2015-2016 Application Season
NO LATE SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED
Use this to ensure you submit all your information in a timely manner (download the checklist)
Deadline September 15, 2015
Supplemental Disadvantaged/Hardship Statement deadline
Supplemental Application deadline
Supplemental Application Fee deadline
Electronic Letters of Reference deadline
Prerequisites: verified taken or plan completion date
ALL College Transcripts with classes through Summer 2014
GRE Scores to school code 2104 deadline.
NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
The preferred method of contact is by telephone. Voicemail will be answered within two (2) business days. Email will take longer to process.