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Frequently Asked Questions

What classes should I be taking in High School? Take the highest level math, science and English classes available to you.

What other courses will I need to take? What other degrees are available? Please check this link for Undergraduate Degrees

Is it hard to get in to veterinary school? Just over 1/2 of our students who applied were accepted to veterinary school.

West Virginia doesn’t have a veterinary school, so where do the residents go? Because West Virginia doesn’t have a veterinary school, the West Virginia Higher Education Commission contracts with two schools so there is a higher chance of qualified applicants being accepted and pay a lower tuition than out of state students. West Virginia residents may apply as a contract student to VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

When should I apply to veterinary school? Students should begin the application process in July or August of the year preceding the desired admission. The deadline for applications at VA-MD and Mississippi State is October 1.

What are the requirements to apply? Veterinary schools require that the students take the GRE general test before applying. Some schools like Oklahoma State require the GRE Biology test. Students must have also completed certain major courses to be considered. For a list of the contract school class requirements, click here.

Do I need to work for a veterinarian? All contract schools encourage some sort of experience with a veterinarian before applying.

How much does it cost to become a veterinarian? First you need to complete at least three years of undergraduate classes. For the most update information on WVU tuition costs go to WVU Admissions. Then veterinary school lasts four years. The average yearly tuition at West Virginia’s contract schools runs from $17,000 to $24,000. Remember, this is just tuition and does not include room, board and other expenses.

How much will I earn once I am a veterinarian? According to a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association, average starting salaries of veterinary medical college graduates in 2013 varied by type of practice. For more information, visit AMVA Employment Statistics

What does the job market for veterinarians look like in the future? One estimate shows a 14.5% increase in demand by 2015.

What is the average grade point average of students admitted? West Virginia University students accepted to contract schools for the year 2013 averaged 3.55.

Are there more men or women in veterinary school? Women made up 78% of the enrollment for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is similar to WVU’s Division of Animal and Nutritional Science.

What kind of research experience can I get? Opportunity is available for undergraduates to engage in a fully funded hands on research experience. You can also visit http://www.amgenscholars.com/ for more in information. All interested parties need to contact David Foreman at the WVU Foundation Office of Foundation Relations – dforeman@wvuf.org or 304-284-4014.

What if I change my mind about veterinary school? What if I do not get in? If majoring in Animal & Nutritional Science’s in preparation for veterinary school, there is no need to worry if your plans change. With the courses you take within the major, you are prepared to apply to numerous graduate programs. The courses allow you to apply not only to veterinary school, but also to Medical, Dental, and any other Graduate Study Programs. For more information on veterinary school requirements, go to the Vet School Info tab.

To find out what Division of Animal & Nutritional Sciences Alumni think about their time at WVU and what advice they have for getting into veterinary school, go to Advice from Current Veterinary Scholars.