University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine

Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-3877
Status: Full Accreditation

The MU College of Veterinary Medicine has unique curriculum compared to the other 28 veterinary schools and colleges. Curriculum lasts two years and requires six continuous weeks in each of the seven clinical specialties. Teaching is done in an apprenticeship style, with majority of the teaching taking place in the Teaching Hospital.

Beginning in 1884, veterinary medicine has been a focus of MU for over 125 years. It evolved over time, starting with just a course in veterinary science. Soon, a veterinary science department, a school of veterinary medicine in the division of agricultural sciences, a school of veterinary medicine as a separate division and a College of Veterinary Medicine followed. But it wasn’t until 1946 that the DVM degree curriculum was established, and in 1950 the first class of veterinarians graduated (26 total)

Educational Requirements

Applicants must have some form of academic background in veterinary medicine, experience working with animals, leadership abilities, stress management skills, and communication skills to be accepted into the 4-year program offered at this institution. Most applicants have bachelor’s and/or master degrees in undergraduate agriculture and arts and science.

Tuition and Fees

There are many types of financial assistance for students, including scholarships, grants, loans, student employment, and help for non-residents. Tuition for residents averaged $6,950 per academic year, while non-residents averaged $9,450. This figure does not include room/board, books and supplies, personal and travel expenses, or facility and course fees. When you budget in those figures, residents end up spending around $22,290 every academic year and non-residents spend about $31, 740.

Departments and Units

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
  • Veterinary Pathobiology
  • Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Teaching Hospital

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

# Total Applicants: 708

# Total Students Enrolled: 110

# of Male Students Enrolled: 22

# of Female Students Enrolled: 88

Overall GPA: 3.74

Average GRE Score: Verbal- 450, Quantitative- 550, Analytical Writing- 4.5

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $6,950

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $27,800

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $9,450

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $37,800