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Veterinary School Early Admission Programs

Yes, some schools do offer early admission for veterinary school. There are two different types of early admission, or otherwise referred to as early entry programs.  The first is a for high school students, these are usually highly qualified students and the few schools that offer this early entry program are very selective and require students to maintain strict standards during their undergraduate schooling.  The second early entry program is offered to students finishing their first year of college or during their sophomore year.

As you know entrance into veterinary school is highly competitive and the early entry programs for high school students are even more rigorous.  Mississippi State offers an early entry program for high school students.  Purdue University offers a Veterinary Scholars Program that is an early entry program for qualified high school students.  Students who are accepted into the program are guaranteed a position in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program as long as they complete specific prerequisite courses and maintain the academic standard of the program.  One of the best things about this program is that students will enter the DVM program in their fourth year of college.  Purdue requires high school applicants to be in the top 10% of their graduating class or have a high school GPA of 3.5 or more.  Students will need to have taken many science and mathematics classes as well.  Their SAT score should be greater than 1930 or an ACT composite score of 28 or more. 

The second early entry program is for undergraduate students who have completed their first or second year of college.  While the high school early entry programs require you to attend their school for undergraduate studies, this second early entry program is not usually so particular.  They do have requirements regarding the undergraduate school you are attending though.  Many state schools require you to be attending a school within the same state.  Some schools have affiliations with veterinary schools, but the list tends to be very small.  For example, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine only has agreements with 3 other colleges for their early acceptance program.  Again many students in this program can enter veterinary school one year early; many times returning to their undergraduate school for their bachelor degree graduation.

Both early admission programs are very hard to get into and a student should be working toward their goal early on in high school.  As one mother of an early admission student says “It’s a complex and competitive process which started in high school.  You must prepare and be focused.” While it may seem difficult, it is not impossible to get into an early entry program.  Maintain good grades in high school, take science and math classes, and volunteer at veterinary practices and animal shelters.  These are all important steps to being admitted to a veterinary program.

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