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Admission Procedures

The University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine admits approximately 85 students into the graduate program every 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 Area Semester Hours
English Composition 6
Social Sciences/ Humanities 18
General biology / zoology with lab 8
Cellular biology 3
Genetics 3
General Inorganic Chemistry with Lab 8
Organic Chemistry with Lab 8
Physics with Lab 8
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. 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 66

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


The College uses the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) to make it easier for applicants to apply to the College.

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.

Deadline for Applications:

Completed applications must be submitted online to VMCAS no later than October 2, 2014. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation and all college transcripts must be submitted for the application to be considered complete.

Recommendation Letters:

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, 2014. Transcripts must be sent directly to VMCAS with the exception of Fall 2014 and Summer 2015 transcripts, which are sent to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine upon completion of courses.


Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

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 October 2, 2014.

For applicants planning to matriculate in the College in August 2015, October 2, 2014 applications, results of GRE tests taken prior to November 1, 2010, 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 Procedure:

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 and the GRE Scores.

Phase Two

  • Subjective
  • A point value is derived from faculty evaluation of complete application and disadvantaged/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 Sciences GPA All undergraduate level science courses. Including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Life and Animal Sciences GPA x 12
Math GPA All undergraduate level Math Courses. GPA x 6
Recent UG GPA The most recent four semester or six quarters of undergraduate course work. No semester or quarter with less than 10 credit hours will be used GPA. 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 114 = 4
Over 100 = 2 Over 120 = 5
Over 107 = 3 Over 127 = 6
GRE Score Conversion

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 Analytical 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 151. 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 74 points for phase three that is normalized to 100%. Criteria interviewers may evaluate include but are not limited too.

  • 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

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

Applicant Checklist

2014-2015 Application Season


Use this to ensure you submit all your information in a timely manner (download the checklist)

Deadline October 2, 2014

  • VMCAS deadline
  • Supplemental Disadvantaged/Hardship Staement 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.


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