Admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine is based upon a competitive process among qualified students who have completed the minimum 70 required hours of pre-professional courses (see pre-professional requirements). Minimum qualifications include a 2.8 GPA or greater average over the pre-professional requirements and over the last 45 hours of undergraduate college work in order to be considered for an interview. A grade below a C in a pre-professional requirement is not acceptable.
Personal interviews may be required of any student under consideration. Selection is based upon academic achievement and professional potential as determined by grades, interview, application information, references, and GRE scores. Applicants are evaluated on such items as motivation, maturity, communication skills, experience with and knowledge of animals, and experience with and knowledge of veterinary medicine.
After highly qualified Kansans are selected, nonresidents from states with which K-State has a contract to provide veterinary medical education and who are certified by their state are selected.
A limited number of at-large positions are available.
From July 1 to September 15, applications for admission to the professional curriculum can be obtained from the admissions office of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
No applications are accepted after October 1.
Veterinary scholars early admission program
High school seniors with ACT scores of 29 or higher or SAT scores of 1280 or higher are eligible to apply for the veterinary scholars early admission program. An application can be obtained from the College of Veterinary Medicine admissions office. Qualified applicants are interviewed by the admission committee.
Students in this program are guaranteed admission to the DVM degree program following completion of the prerequisites for the DVM degree program and completion of a bachelor's degree at Kansas State University (all classes must be taken at K-State and a minimum of 3.4 GPA must be maintained).
The pre-professional work may be pursued at K-State in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Agriculture or in other academically accredited institutions.
Listed below are required courses, with K-State course numbers listed at left.
All science courses (chemistry, physics, biology, and genetics) must have been taken within six years of the date of application. All pre-professional requirements must be graded.
|ENGL 100||Expository Writing I|| 3|
|ENGL 120||Expository Writing II|| 3|
|SPCH 105||Public Speaking IA|| 2|
|SPCH 106||Public Speaking I|| 3|
|CHM 210||Chemistry I|| 4|
|CHM 230||Chemistry II|| 4|
|CHM 350||General Organic Chemistry|| 3|
|CHM 351||General Organic Chemistry|
|BIOCH 521||General Biochemistry|| 3|
|BIOCH 522||General Biochemistry Laboratory|| 2|
|PHYS 113||General Physics I|| 4|
|PHYS 114||General Physics II|| 4|
|BIOL 198||Principles of Biology|| 4|
|BIOL 510||Embryology|| 3|
|BIOL 511||Embryology Laboratory|| 1|
|BIOL 455||Microbiology (with lab)|| 4|
|ASI 500||Genetics|| 3|
|Social sciences and/or humanities|| 12|
A bachelor of science degree may be granted by the College of Agriculture or the College of Arts and Sciences upon completion of residency and academic requirements. Detailed information should be obtained from the dean's office of the appropriate college.
Fees for veterinary medical students
See the Fees section in this catalog.
Doctor of veterinary medicine curriculum
The curriculum in veterinary medicine was established to prepare veterinarians for entry into a variety of veterinary medical careers. The professional curriculum in veterinary medicine is balanced and comprehensive with consideration given to all species.
The academic standards of the College of Veterinary Medicine govern honors, progression, probation, and dismissal.
Courses must be taken as prescribed. Elective courses may be taken by permission.
Completion of the professional curriculum leads to the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine. (Hours required for graduation: pre-professional70; professional164; total234.)
First professional year
Second professional year
|AP 700||Gross Anatomy I|| 6|
|AP 702||Nutritional Physiology and|
|AP 710||Microanatomy|| 5|
|AP 737||Veterinary Physiology I|| 5|
|DVM 700||Veterinary Orientation|| 1|
|AP 705||Gross Anatomy II|| 6|
|AP 720||Veterinary Neuroscience|| 2|
|AP 747||Veterinary Physiology II|| 6|
|CS 701||Clinical Skills I|| 1|
|DMP 705||Veterinary Immunology|| 2|
|DMP 708||Principles of Epidemiology|| 2|
|DVM 701||Ethics and Jurisprudence|| 1|
Third professional year
|AP 770||Pharmacology|| 5|
|DMP 712||Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology|| 5|
|DMP 715||General Pathology|| 5|
|DMP 718||Veterinary Parasitology|| 5|
|DMP 720||Systemic Pathology|| 5|
|DMP 722||Veterinary Virology|| 3|
|DMP 759||Laboratory Animal Science|| 2|
|DMP 775||Clinical Pathology|| 3|
|CS 703||Clinical Skills II|| 1|
|CS 709||Medicine I|| 4|
|CS 715||Radiology|| 3|
|DMP 777||Laboratory Diagnosis|| 1|
|DMP 780||Avian Diseases|| 3|
|CS 711||Medicine II|| 4|
|CS 712||Food Animal Medicine|| 4|
|CS 729||Surgery I|| 5|
|CS 801||Toxicology|| 3|
Fourth professional year
|DMP 753||Zoonosis and Preventative Medicine|| 3|
|CS 704||Clinical Skills III|| 1|
|CS 710||Companion Animal Medicine|| 4|
|CS 713||Production Medicine|| 2|
|CS 714||Clinical Nutrition|| 3|
|CS 728||Theriogenology|| 3|
|CS 730||Surgery II|| 5|
Summer, fall, and spring semesters
33 hours required core rotations:
Small Animal Medicine
Small Animal Surgery
Equine Medicine and Surgery
Agricultural Clinical Practice
Necropsy/Diagnostic Investigation UNL KSU Animal Production
Plus minimum 9 hours of mini-electives and/or rotational electives.
Veterinary Medical Library
The college's library, which is a part of the Kansas State University libraries system, consists of approximately 40,000 volumes that deal with all phases of veterinary medical literature and many allied fields. It subscribes to more than 800 journals and has medical/ veterinary CD-ROM data bases.
Food Animal Health and Management Center
The Food Animal Health and Management Center provides leading-edge research and post-DVM and post-graduate education in the area of food animal health and management, with an emphasis on beef cattle and swine.