Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-1242
Status: Full Accreditation

Iowa State University established the first veterinary school in the United States in 1879. ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine has five major departments; Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine and Veterinary Pathology. Through these departments, the College is devoted to teaching, learning and researching the growing field of veterinary medicine.

Students work and learn from the best in the field, participating in production animal medicine, translating research in critical areas, working hands-on in the teaching hospital and more. Currently, the College has graduated over 6,400 veterinarians. Of those, 25% continue on pursuing advanced degrees through residencies and internships. The Pathology department is ranked #2 in the country, making it, as well as the veterinary program very difficult to get accepted into.

Educational Requirements

During the first three years of graduate school, students participate in basic core classes surrounding the subjects of biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry, immunology, morphology, pathology, ethics, surgery and more. During the last year, students are allowed a more flexible schedule, only needing 44 credits during the whole year. Courses included radiology, animal surgery, anesthesiology, food animal medicine and surgery and more. Once a student graduates with the DVM degree, he or she may then decide to continue their education through one of ISU’s residency or internship programs. Open spots for these positions are highly competitive, even more so than getting into the veterinary school.

Tuition and Fees

Aside from the actual cost to go to Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, there are various fees students must pay each semester. Application fees average $60, however all fees are subject to change. Building fees are also in effect, as students must pay $202 for each fall and spring semester, plus $101.75 every summer semester. Once a student is ready to graduate, there is an additional $40 fee for your diploma. These fees may seem outrageous, however, they are necessary in order to make the school function as it does.

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

# Total Applicants: 703

# Total Students Enrolled: 149

# of Male Students Enrolled: 47

# of Female Students Enrolled: 102

Overall GPA: 3.58

Average GRE Score: Verbal- 490, Quantitative- 630, Analytic Writing- 4.0

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $24,465

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $97,860

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $87,418

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $349,672