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. All applicants must submit a Nebraska Resident Certification form to the UNL Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

All applications are academically screened and academic scores (required science GPA and last 45 credit GPA) are calculated.  Those meeting the minimum requirements are forwarded to UNL to proceed through the PPVM admissions process.  The PPVM admissions process differs slightly from the ISU CVM process and includes interviews.  The PPVM Admissions Committee makes decisions on those admitted to this program.  

At this point the applications are printed and provided to all PPVM Admission Committee members. Each PPVM 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 PPVM 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 PPVM 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. PPVM 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 PPVM Admission Committee shortly after interviews. The PPVM Admission Committee then discusses the ranked list and determines who should be offered a seat in the incoming class. Three to five days pass before the list is 'final' so that the final decisions can be reviewed and approved by the UNL Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Dean of the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

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

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

The PPVM 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.