Oregon State University

Veterinary DVM program 2011-2013

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

American Veterinary Medical Association

General Education

Transfer Equivalency website

Required Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
General Biology w/lab for science majors

BI 211, 212, & 213 Principles of Biology

Note: All three courses must be completed for the sequence to transfer as BI 211, 212, 213 to OSU.

General Chemistry w/lab for science majors CH 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry 15
Organic Chemistry w/lab for science majors

CH 241, 242, & 243 Organic Chemistry

see organic chemistry information below

Physics w/lab for science majors - 2 quarters PHY 201, 202, & 203 General Physics 12
One course in Statistics MTH 243 Statistics I 4
College level Algebra and Trigonometry MTH 111 College Algebra and MTH 112 Elementary Functions 10
1 course in Animal or Human Physiology BI 231 Human Physiology or take at OSU 4
ANS 311 Animal Nutrition May be taken on-line through OSU -
Upper Division Biochemistry – 2 quarters

These are 300-400 level courses.

Take at OSU or other 4-year institution

Upper Division Biological Sciences in: choose from: additional biochemistry, additional physiology and/or anatomy, animal reproduction, cell biology, cell physiology, epidemiology, histology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, and virology

Take at OSU or at another

4-year institution

Genetics Take at OSU or other 4-year institution -

General Education/Electives:**

English Composition, two terms


Public Speaking

Humanities/Social Sciences

General Education/Electives**

WR 121 English Comp I and WR 227 Technical Writing

SP/COMM 111 Public Speaking

Select from lists of PCC departments






** These requirements will be considered met if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree by July 1st of the year that they are accepted into the DVM program.

Organic Chemistry - These courses (only as a complete sequence and with C or better in all courses) may be used to fulfill the organic chemistry requirement at OSU.The CC organic chemistry courses are transferred as lower division (LD) credit.If a student takes a complete year of organic chemistry with laboratory each term (CH 241, 242, 243) and transfers to OSU, the student normally receives lower division credit. The course work may appear on the transcript as various combinations of CH 331, CH 332, CH 337, and unspecified LDT credit (lower division transfer). A student can receive upper division credit (300 level) if they pass the ACS organic exam.

For Fall admission, all application materials must be received by early October..

97 quarter credits or 64 semester credits are required for the DVM application.

Students may apply at the beginning of their senior year. The 3-4 terms of course work taken at the university level should show academic rigor and result in at least a 3.5 GPA.

Student Selection Criteria

1) Likelihood of successful completion of the veterinary curriculum

An applicant’s academic history is carefully assessed, with the objective of answering the question, “Does the applicant’s past academic performance generate confidence in his/her ability to handle the veterinary curriculum?” To answer this question, the following factors are taken into consideration:

  • GPA: Applicants are evaluated on the overall success of their undergraduate program. A minimum GPA is not required, yet students with a GPA below 3.20 are rarely admitted to the program. The average GPA of admitted students is approximately 3.60. Performance in science and prerequisite courses is carefully reviewed.
  • Quantity and quality of upper division science courses and student’s performance in these courses.
  • Academic credit load: Students who have taken heavy course loads (i.e., 15 or more credits per term) and performed well are likely to be better prepared for the veterinary curriculum, which averages 17-21 credits per term.
  • GRE scores: Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are used in the assessment of an applicant’s academic potential.
  • Work and/or family demands during school
  • Obstacles overcome: Special circumstances, disadvantages, and adverse situations that an applicant has overcome during his/her lifetime are considered. If an applicant adequately demonstrates that these obstacles, including undiagnosed learning disabilities, have been overcome, the influence on his/her past poor academic performance may be minimized.

2) Possession of qualities deemed valuable in a veterinarian

The Admissions Committee strives to select candidates who are likely to have these qualities upon graduation.

Interpersonal skills, Communication skills, Integrity, Maturity, Motivation, Civic and community-mindedness, Diversity of interests and activities, Leadership in student and/or community organizations, Scientific inquisitiveness and analytical skills

To select candidates who are likely to have these qualities, the VMCAS and supplemental applications are evaluated. Personal essays and letters of evaluation are reviewed to assess social skills, leadership skills, responsibility, and communication skills. These attributes are also evaluated during the interview (for Oregon residents only). During the admissions evaluation process, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to view and consider any publicly available information pertaining to applicants. This information may include, but is not limited to, social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

3) Knowledge of the veterinary profession

Applicants should have exposure to and an understanding of the veterinary profession. The following areas are assessed:

Veterinary experience (volunteer or paid positions): Veterinary experience may include working or volunteering in a research laboratory, clinical practice, animal shelter, zoo, animal rehabilitation facility or public health, regulatory, or industrial setting. The quantity, quality and diversity of the experiences are important.

Other animal-related experiences are also evaluated, including raising and caring for different species of animals. Recommendations from those who know the applicant in an educational or work environment. Knowledge of the varied roles of veterinarians in the scientific community and in society. The applicant’s potential to contribute in a unique or diverse fashion to the profession is also considered.

4) Contribution to cultural, geographic, professional, and economic diversity of the student body and the profession

The Admissions Committee and faculty recognize the value of a diverse student body. Applicants from diverse backgrounds bring unique perspectives and enrich the veterinary educational experience as well as the profession. Therefore, the Admissions Committee seeks to accept applicants from a variety of ethnic, educational or social backgrounds that may be underrepresented in the veterinary profession. Each applicant is evaluated in terms of his/her stated background and professional goals as well as the current and projected future needs of the veterinary profession. The Admissions Committee is wholly committed to the non-discrimination policy of Oregon State University in all of its admissions procedures.



This is a Graduate degree program. Students do not need to complete a bachelor's degree program prior to beginning the Veterinary Medicine program. Most students pursue a major in biology, microbiology, zoology, animal science, bioresource research, or another science field. All prerequisites must be taken for a letter grade.

Additional Requirements

If you intend to earn a bachelor's degree at OSU, you must meet OSU's Baccalaureate Core Requirements. For PCC courses that transfer to OSU, refer to Transfer Equivalencies above. If you plan to get an AAOT degree, all OSU Baccalaureate Core Requirements will be met by AAOT degree requirements. Be sure to take all other required courses.

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Last updated: July 2012