Nebraska UNL-Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine

The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (ISU CVM) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UNL IANR) have established the ISU-UNL Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (ISU-UNL PPVM). Under this program, 26 Nebraska resident students who are admitted to ISU will enroll and complete the first two  years of the veterinary curriculum at UNL and the last two years at ISU. The 26 Nebraska resident students will pay ISU resident veterinary tuition for all four years of enrollment with the tuition for the first two years paid to UNL and for the last two years to ISU. Only verified Nebraska residents are eligible for admission to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine.

Students apply to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) using the ISU school code. The application includes transcripts, personal information, essays and reference letters. Applicants are also required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and report scores as part of their application. All applicants must submit a Nebraska Resident Certification form to the UNL Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

All applications are screened for meeting the minimum requirements by ISU CVM. Records are then available to UNL staff for review. The admission process at ISU and UNL are similar and follow the same numeric evaluation.

After applications are confirmed to meet the minimum requirements, academic scores are calculated. Applications are printed and provided to all admission committee members. Each admission committee member rates the applicant for characteristics such as:  experience, work history, leadership and community experience and communication skills. Reference letters are also reviewed in this phase. The reviewer also indicates (yes/no) if they would like to interview this individual.

When all admission committee members have completed their review, average scores are calculated as well as the number of 'yes' interview votes. Usually applicants with three or more 'yes' votes will be interviewed; however this process allows discussion of those who get fewer votes. Once the admission committee agrees on the list of interviewees, the interviews are scheduled.

Interviews are conducted in person to determine the applicant's potential based on responses to several questions. These questions seek to provide insight to the applicant's ability to think on their feet, as well as assessing communication skill. Admission committee members ask questions which are often based on information from the application. All committee members score applicants as they are interviewed.

Upon completion of interviews, the academic, application file and interview scores are compiled into a ranked list. This is shared with the admission committee shortly after interviews. The admission committee then discussed the rank and determines who should be offered a seat in the incoming class. Three to five days pass before the list is 'final' so that admission committee members can be sure of the rank.

Calculations: (Subject to change without notice by Admissions Committee review)

  • 25%: File Review (Analysis of application and reference letters)
  • 50%: Academic Score (GRE score, last 45 credit units GPA, required science courses GPA)
  • 25%: Interview (Applicant interviews in person with admission committee)

The admission committee consists of five individuals: two Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) members and practitioners and three UNL faculty. The practitioners are elected by the NVMA and serve a two year term. UNL faculty are appointed by the Director of the PPVM and serve a three year term.

Nebraska residents may be considered for admission directly to ISU under the following process: All Nebraska residents will be first considered in the ISU-UNL PPVM process. During the period of time that the applicant is viable in the UNL applicant pool, the application will not be further processed at ISU. Following final decision of offers for the ISU-UNL PPVM program, Nebraska resident applications not accepted into that program may be considered in the ISU non-resident/non-contract applicant pool if the applicant makes this request.  Although this alternate route exists, Nebraska residents will be most competitive for admission through the ISU-UNL PPVM program described above.