Application Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Questions concerning the application will only be discussed with the applicant.  Due to confidentiality we cannot discuss the application with anyone else including parents, spouses, friends, employers, etc. All application deadlines are firm.

Applicants who have an academic record, 1 complete semester or more, at another veterinary school must apply as a transfer.  Please see Transfer Admissions information.

Electronic Letters of Recommendation

Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR) are required. Up to six eLORs will be accepted.  You are strongly encouraged to ask for at least 4 evaluations in case an evaluator is not able to get their evaluation in on time. Evaluations must be submitted by Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT (10:59 pm CDT).  No letters of recommendation sent directly to the school will be considered.


CASPer is a situational judgement test that assesses behavioral tendencies in tough situations, measuring elements of professionalism that are important to success in our DVM program and beyond. CASPer helps you demonstrate the diversity of strengths you bring to veterinary school, complementing factors such as academic performance and prior experience. CASPer must be taken no later than September 23, 2021. Learn more about CASPer and reserve your test date here. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Altus Suite lists three assessments:  CASPer, Snapshot and Duet.  We only require the CASPer assessment.  You do not need to take Snapshot or Duet unless another institution requires them.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - NO LONGER REQUIRED 

Because this is no longer required, we do not evaluate GRE scores. Students should not submit GRE scores to Iowa State Universtiy College of Veterinary Medicine. Submitted scores will not be reviewed. 

Veterinary Medical College Application Service

All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Their web application may be accessed online. The deadline for the VMCAS Application for the 2022 entering class is September 29, at 11:59 pm EDT (10:59 pm CDT).

Supplemental Application


International Student Requirements

Updated 09/10/21