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General Requirements


Admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine is based upon a competitive process among qualified students who have completed the minimum 66 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. 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 and positions for foreign applicants 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 following graduation from high school must be taken at K-State and a minimum of 3.4 GPA must be maintained).

Pre-professional requirements

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.

ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
ENGL120Expository Writing II3
SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2
SPCH 106Public Speaking I3
CHM 210Chemistry I4
CHM 230Chemistry II4
CHM 350General Organic Chemistry3
CHM 351General Organic Chemistry
BIOCH 521General Biochemistry3
BIOCH 522General Biochemistry Laboratory2
PHYS 113General Physics I4
PHYS 114General Physics II4
BIOL 198Principles of Biology4
BIOL 455Microbiology (with lab)4
ASI 500Genetics3
Social sciences and/or humanities12

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.

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-professional—66; professional—164; total—234.)

First professional year
Fall semester
AP700Gross Anatomy I6
AP737Veterinary Physiology I6
Spring semester
AP705Gross Anatomy II6
AP720Veterinary Neuroscience2
AP747Veterinary Physiology II7
CS743Grand Rounds I1
DMP705Veterinary Immunology3
DMP708Principles of Epidemiology2
DVM701Ethics and Jurisprudence1
Second professional year
Fall semester
DMP712Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology4
DMP715General Pathology5
DMP718Veterinary Parasitology5
Spring semester
DMP720Systemic Pathology5
DMP722Veterinary Virology3
DMP759Laboratory Animal Science2
DMP775Clinical Pathology3
CS744Grand Rounds II1
CS709Medicine I4
Third professional year
Fall semester
DMP777Laboratory Diagnosis1
DMP780Avian Diseases3
CS711Medicine II4
CS712Food Animal Medicine4
CS729Surgery I5

Spring semester

DMP753Zoonosis and Preventative Medicine3
CS742Clinical Skills1
CS710Companion Animal Medicine4
CS713Production Medicine2
CS714Clinical Nutrition3
CS730Surgery II5
CS745Grand Rounds III1
Fourth professional year

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

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.

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