Veterinary medicine is a growing field necessary in all communities. According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical College, veterinarians prevent disease and heal animals; promote the health and welfare of farm animals, exotic animals, working animals and those that need a healthy environment in which to thrive; play an important role in food safety, where epidemiological research is crucial to forecasting the threat of food-borne diseases and outbreaks; and detects and treats the outbreak of diseases that have the potential to make the jump from animals to humans.
NOTE: Pre-veterinary medicine is not a major or a program, and The University of Tampa does not have a veterinary school. Pre-vet is an interest or path students choose that advisors help guide on their journey towards applying to veterinary school.
Preparing for Veterinary School
Earn a bachelor’s degree
Veterinary school is a graduate program; to become eligible to apply to veterinary school students need to earn a bachelor's degree and take specific pre-requisites (classes that vet schools require). At UT, students can earn a bachelor's degree and take pre-requisite courses. They will need to choose a major, as pre-vet is not a major or a program at UT.
Students who are interested in going to veterinary school typically major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. These majors include most of the required courses for entrance into veterinary programs. However, other degrees can also prepare students for health professions; thus students are encouraged to major in the field where they excel and should consult the pre-health professions advisor about course work.
Basic pre-requisite* courses required for veterinary school:
- Biology I and II with labs
- General Chemistry I and II with labs
- Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
- Physics I and II with labs
*Each veterinary school has its own set of pre-requisites, and student’s need to research the admission requirements of each school to which they are intending to apply. Search pre-requisites for each veterinary school.
Build an extensive record of relevant experiences
- Animal experience – work or volunteer to gain experience with animals
- Veterinary experience – including clinical, lab, volunteer, paid, shadow/supervised by a veterinarian; gain knowledge of the veterinary field and confirm if this is your passion
- Community service – students should have a passion for helping others
- Leadership – roles on and off-campus
Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE)
- The GRE is required for all U.S veterinary schools. It is about four hours long and cost $205.
- Only a few veterinary schools accept either the MCAT or GRE. Search school requirements.
- Students who are on the traditional plan of going to the veterinary school directly following graduation from UT should be prepared to take the GRE in the late spring/early summer of your junior year.
- Take the GRE before applying to veterinary schools.
Veterinary school applications
- Students can start to apply to veterinary school a full year before they intend to start (summer of junior year through fall of senior year).
- Applications open in May and most school's deadline are in September. Applicants are encouraged to apply early!
- Take a look now at what is expected of the application.
Veterinary School Information and Beyond
- A traditional veterinary school program is four years long. The first two years are spent in classroom instruction. The remaining two years usually include focused areas of concentrations and clinical rotations/externships.
- There is only one veterinary school in Florida:
- After completion, the student earns a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
- Internships, residency programs and/or fellowships after graduation may be required for specific fields of interest.
Pre-Health Professions Committee (PHPC)
Members of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics and the Department of Biology offer guidance to students and write recommendations through our Pre-Health Professional Committee (PHPC) composed of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics faculty.
Local Freshman Admissions
- Official high school or secondary school transcript or GED results
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed guidance counselor recommendation form or recommendation letter from a teacher (not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago)
- Official college/university transcripts for any credits completed
Undergraduate International Admissions
With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)
Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:
- Official transcripts for all secondary school or college coursework, with grades translated into English ("Official" means that you must request your school to send your transcript directly to the UT Office of Admissions. If that is impossible, send a copy that has been certified by your school as a "true copy" of the original after it is copied. An official at your school should sign the document as "true copy of the original.")
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- Essay, written in English (not required if you already graduated from high school and have completed some college credits)
- Completed guidance counselor recommendation form (first-year students only)
- Proof of English proficiency (please submit one of the following):
- TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5
- Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample
- Proof of available funds to cover expenses for the first year of study
- Essay (first-year students only)
- Copy of biographical page of your passport (if available)
- International Student Clearance Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)
International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.
International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.
The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.
Note: For special circumstances, additional documentation may be required in all categories.
The deadlines for Bachelors are as follows:
- November 15 - Early Action I deadline; decision by December 15.
- January 15 - Early Action II deadline; decision by February 15.
- March 1 - Regular Decision deadline; decision by April 1.
- March 2 - Applications completed after March 1 are evaluated on a rolling basis.
Average cost for full-time undergraduate students
|Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester):
|Student Government Fee (required):
|Student Service Fee (required):
|Student Health Fee (required):
|Room (double room):
|Board (average 15-meal/week plan):