vet school requirements mississippi state

Last Updated on December 24, 2022

Application & Requirements

In light of many colleges and universities offering alternative grading options for the spring 2020 term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Admissions Office at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will accept all satisfactory and passing grades for prerequisite classes taken only during the spring 2020 term. Following our normal protocol, any student making an unsatisfactory grade in a prerequisite class must successfully complete a retake of the class (with a grade of C- or higher, passing, or satisfactory) prior to submitting their application through VMCAS. 

The Application

All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online here beginning in late January the year before you intend to enroll. The deadline for the submission of applications and all application materials is generally mid-September and will be stated on the VMCAS website. The deadline for the 2021-2022 application cycle is September 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  

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Admissions FAQs

VMCAS 2022 Applicant Guide 


Transcripts must be submitted to VMCAS from all institutions attended by the stated VMCAS deadline. This includes any high school/college dual credit coursework or AP credits. AP credits must either appear on your official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework or your institution’s Registrar’s Office must provide us with an AP Certification listing the AP credit and the equivalent college-level course it fulfilled. If AP credits are not listed on your official transcript, contact your institution’s Registrar’s Office to have an AP Certification sent to [email protected]. Exempted credits or waived requirements from an undergraduate institution will not be accepted for fulfilling prerequisite coursework. Credit hours must be awarded.  

Failure to submit all transcripts could result in an incomplete application. If coursework from one institution is listed as “transfer coursework” from another institution, the official transcript from the transfer institution must be sent to VMCAS as well. 

Do not submit transcripts to MSU for the verification process. Transcripts sent directly to MSU CVM will not be evaluated as a part of your application. Late transcripts will not be accepted.  

If you are taking courses during summer 2021, wait until summer grades are posted before sending transcripts to VMCAS. VMCAS will only verify your transcripts one time during the admissions cycle.  

For information regarding the transcript verification process, visit

Standardized Testing 

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE®) is not required for admission and will not be considered as part of the application process. 

An applicant whose primary language is not English is required to submit either a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required to be considered for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. 

Citizens of Puerto Rico are US Citizens and therefore do not need to send English language test results. 

Supplemental Application Processing Fee

In addition to the VMCAS application, MSU CVM requires a supplemental processing fee of $60 to offset direct application expenses. More information and instructions may be found HERE or on the MSU CVM VMCAS homepage.

Entrance Requirements

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Academic Requirements

A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 is required to be eligible for the MSU DVM program.  

Course Requirements

We require the prerequisites listed below for entry into our DVM program. Although all prerequisites do not have to be completed by the time of application submission, it is highly encouraged. If an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years, the student must update their coursework by completing 12 semester hours of upper-level science courses by the spring semester of the anticipated year of enrollment. Exceptions may be made for applicants working in a clinical or research setting.  

The same course cannot be used to satisfy two prerequisite requirements. Upper-level science elective courses refer to junior, senior, and/or graduate level courses that are typically numbered 3000, 4000, or higher.  

Prerequisite courses in which a grade lower than a C- was earned must be repeated (not in progress) before the application is submitted. 

Prerequisite Substitution/Fulfillment Form

Communications – 3 semester hours

Writing – 3 semester hours

Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts – 15 semester hours

Math – 6 semester hours

Biology I and Biology II – 8 semester hours*

Microbiology – 4 semester hours

Chemistry I and Chemistry II – 8 semester hours*

Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II – 8 semester hours*

Biochemistry – 3 semester hours

Physics I and Physics II – 6 semester hours

Upper Level Science/Math – 12 semester hours

Students on the Quarter System

Students on the quarter system are required to complete a 3-quarter sequence in biology, chemistry and organic chemistry. Applicants with questions regarding the course(s) taken or offered at their undergraduate institution that satisfy the prerequisites should complete the prerequisite substitution form and email it to [email protected].

Non-Academic Requirements

The MSU CVM Admissions Committee considers non-academic qualities in the initial review of applications to select candidates for interviews. The committee seeks to admit students who will succeed not only in the classroom, but also in clinical and research settings, and ultimately, in the profession.  

Letters of Recommendation

Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLORs) are required as a part of the admissions process. The VMCAS application allows each applicant to submit the names and email addresses of evaluators. At least one of the evaluators must be a veterinarian.  

We recommend registering your evaluators as soon as possible to allow them an ample amount of time to complete your eLOR.  Evaluators are strongly encouraged to provide a letter of recommendation that is reflective of the required rubric evaluation completed on behalf of the applicant. Supplying detailed information related to the rubric characteristics is highly beneficial. 

Additional recommendations beyond the three required will not be considered in the admissions process. eLORS must be submitted electronically to VMCAS (not MSU CVM) by September 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. No recommendations will be accepted after this deadline. 

Hint: When selecting evaluators, be sure to choose individuals who know you well enough to elaborate on your experience, motivation and dedication. Then follow up with them to be sure they have correctly submitted the materials to VMCAS prior to the deadline. 

Animal Experience

It is important to track and log any animal experience you gain throughout your undergraduate career. Animal experience comes from a variety of sources but must include the care for animals or the husbandry of animals.  

Veterinary Experience

Experience under the supervision of a veterinarian is a vital piece of the MSU CVM application. Applicants should track and log all experiences gained, whether the hours are paid, volunteer or shadowing. The Admissions Committee stresses the importance of gaining quality veterinary experience hours that reflect the vast array of career opportunities available to you as a veterinarian.  Applicants should be active participants in these hours. This is often seen through hands-on interaction but can also be accomplished through quality knowledge of experiences where hands-on learning was not possible.  

Research Experience

Participating in research can lead applicants to discover specialty areas within veterinary medicine providing a broader understanding of the profession. Both formal and informal research experience provides students with problem-solving skills that are essential in the veterinary field. It is important to explain any animal or veterinary research, as well as any other field or lab-based research experience, including whether the experience provided an opportunity to present or publish your findings.

Extracurricular/Volunteer/Leadership Experience

Veterinarians are expected to be leaders in and contributors to their communities. Students aspiring to become veterinarians should start early in their college careers building a record of service, leadership and involvement through student clubs, civic organizations and outreach projects. Students may also demonstrate positive characteristics and attributes by gaining work experience and research experience, even if it is not related to animals or the veterinary profession.  

Personal Statement 

The one-page essay should provide the Admissions Committee with a clear picture of the applicant’s reasons for choosing a career in veterinary medicine and the reasons the applicant is a good candidate for veterinary school. It is important to include details that will differentiate one applicant from another while avoiding repeating information that is included in other parts of the application. The essay should convey the applicant’s passion for veterinary medicine and incorporate information that demonstrates character, ideals and aspirations through a conversational tone. Essays should be original, thoughtful and well written.  

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