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Admissions

Admissions


The nation's only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offer the Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, or VMD degree.

  • Penn Vet leads in the practice of veterinary medicine in the nation and the world. We have long been recognized for our pursuit of excellence in education and training.
  • We pioneered the development of veterinary clinical investigation, comparative medicine and the development of new fields, ranging from stem cell research to animal/human interactions.
  • We have successfully integrated scholarship and research into all aspects of veterinary medical education, and we supply high numbers of faculty nationwide to veterinary schools and other medical institutions.
  • We have made continuous and significant contributions to basic and clinical investigation and have trained large numbers of students and faculty as biomedical research scientists.
  • We have led the way in curriculum development, as exemplified by our unique core/elective curriculum.
  • In addition to the VMD, Penn Vet also offers the VMD-PhD and VMD-MBA.

Applying for the VMD Degree


Application Process 

Application Process

The process for applying to the Vet School is extensive. The Office of Admissions is committed to helping candidates through the complex steps and encourages prospective students to begin the process as early as possible.

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Requirements 

Requirements

The Committee on Admissions maintains high standards for coursework and testing in order to ensure that candidates are adequately prepared for a rigorous curriculum of studies prior to enrollment and matriculation at the Vet School.

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Tuition and Fees 

Tuition & Fees

It is crucial that students understand and adequately plan to budget for tuition and educational fees, as well as living expenses and other costs incurred during their time at the Vet School.

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Financial Assistance 

Financial Assistance

We at Penn Vet understand that affording your education can seem daunting. We are committed to helping you every step of the way through budget plans, loan applications, and keeping current on the latest scholarship information. Friends and alumni of our school play key roles in supporting student scholarship aid as a means of reducing our students' debt burdens.

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Fast Facts about Admissions at Penn Vet 

Fast Facts about Admissions at Penn Vet

Quick and to the point, this section will get to the heart of some of your most immediate concerns about applying and being accepted to Penn Vet.

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Summer VETS Program 

Summer VETS Program

The Veterinary Exploration Through Science (VETS) program is an exciting experience held annually during the summer, created for those who are interested in the science of veterinary medicine. This is a day program of one week sessions. Three sessions have been designed specifically for college students and two sessions have been designed for high school students.

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What We Believe

The School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet), an integral part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary university, exists to better the health and welfare of animals and humans.

The synergy generated by Penn Vet's interaction with the University community and the biomedical establishment in the Delaware Valley creates unique challenges and opportunities to excel in teaching, research and service.

To fulfill this mandate, we are committed to innovative educational programs to train veterinarians and biomedical scientists; pioneer research and the discovery of new knowledge in the basic and applied sciences; and maintaining a strong commitment to specialized veterinary medical care and service.

A Commitment to Diversity

Penn Vet admits students of any race, color, sexual or affectional preference, age, religion and national or ethnic origin, and students who may be handicapped or disabled to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School.

The Penn Vet Admissions Committee seeks to enroll a diversified class and therefore considers such factors as socioeconomic (including racial and ethnic) background, geographic origin (urban, suburban and rural), specific interests and activities, personal traits and academic background.