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General Information

The University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine admits approximately 85 students into the graduate program every year consisting of 60 in-state residents and 25 out-of-state residents.

The Admissions Cycle begins in January of each year.

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

Subject AreaSemester Hours
English Composition6
Social Sciences/ Humanities18
General biology / zoology with lab8
Cellular biology3
Genetics3
General Inorganic Chemistry with Lab8
Organic Chemistry with Lab8
Physics with Lab8
Biochemistry, Exclusive of Lab*4
*This should be an upper-division course in general cellular and comparative biochemistry. Half of a two-semester sequence will not satisfy this requirement. 
Total semester credit hours66

* Applicants are strongly encouraged to take additional courses in the biological and physical sciences, especially comparative anatomy, mammalian physiology and microbiology with laboratory.

Technical Standards

VMCAS Application

Submission deadline: September 15, 2020 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, established by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, is a centralized application service which provides for the collection, processing, verification, and distribution of applicant data to participating colleges.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 VMCAS application fees should be sent to VMCAS, not 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 2019 must be completed and submitted at the website: www.aavmc.org.

UTCVM Application Fee

Submission deadline: September 15, 2020

This form is REQUIRED for admission to the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

  1. Go to the online payment area to pay the required $45.00 fee.

Completed applications must be submitted online to VMCAS no later than September 15, 2020. 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, 2020

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.  Transcripts must be sent directly to VMCAS.

*A NON-RESIDENT APPLICANT MUST HAVE A MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA OF 3.2 ON A 4.0 SCALE, AND A TENNESSEE RESIDENT APPLICANT MUST HAVE A MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA OF 2.8 ON A 4.0 SCALE TO BE CONSIDERED. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED MINIMUM GPA REQUIREMENTS WILL BE GIVEN IF AN APPLICANT HAS MADE A DISADVANTAGE DECLARATION BY PROVIDING A DISADVANTAGE STATEMENT ON THEIR APPLICATION.​

GRE requirement temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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 from U.S. Citizens, permanent residents of the United States and International applicants.

Selection of applicants is a three-phased process and is normally completed by mid-January.

Phase One

  • Objective
  • A point value is derived from evaluation of academic transcripts.

Phase Two

  • Subjective
  • A point value is derived from faculty evaluation of complete application and disadvantaged or hardship statement.

Phase Three

  • Evaluation of non-academic attributes of those individuals selected after phases one and two.
  • Not all applicants will be invited for personal interview.

GPA Calculations

In all categories, grade point average (GPA) is calculated on all course work attempted, including repeated courses.

Overall GPA

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 of 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:

  • Over 94 = 1
  • Over 100 = 2
  • Over 107 = 3
  • Over 114 = 4
  • Over 120 = 5
  • Over 127 = 6

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)

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 100 points phase three that is normalized to 100%. Criteria interviewers may evaluate include but are not limited to:

  • Motivation
  • Maturity
  • 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

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

2020-2021 Application Season

NO LATE SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED

Use this to ensure you submit all your information in a timely manner

Deadline September 15, 2020

  • VMCAS deadline
  • Supplemental Disadvantaged/Hardship Statement deadline
  • UTCVM Application Fee deadline
  • Electronic Letters of Reference deadline
  • Prerequisites: verified taken or plan completion date
  • ALL College Transcripts with classes through Summer 2020
  • GRE requirement temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Contact Information

For admissions questions, please contact:

  • Deborah Shepherd
  • Phone: (865) 974-7354
  • Fax: (865) 974-4773
  • E-mail: cvmadm@utk.edu

Please address correspondence to:

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2407 River Drive
  • Room A104C
  • Knoxville, TN 37996-4550