College of Veterinary Medicine
EDUCATION

Admissions Requirements 

A. Academic requirements include: 

1. Completion of at least 60 credits of full time postsecondary education at a recognized university, or at a college providing university-equivalent courses.

2. Preference will be given to applicants that have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Minimum overall GPA is set at 2.8

3. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the following pre-requisite courses:

Course

Credits

Biology 1

3

Biology 2

3

General Chemistry with Laboratory

4

Organic Chemistry with Laboratory

4

Biochemistry

3

Mathematics or Statistics

3

Genetics

3

English Composition

3

Public Speaking*

3

TOTAL pre-requisite credits

29

* Course waived for Fall 2020

Minimum pre-requisite GPA is set at 2.8. Applicants must complete all pre-veterinary prerequisite course work with a C grade or better to be competitive. The pre-requisite courses must be taken within the previous 6 years. Exceptions may be granted to members of other health professions, or individuals with postgraduate training (MSc and PhD level) who are actively involved in research endeavors in the public or private sector.

4. The following courses are not required but highly recommended: Cellular Biology, Sociology, Psychology and Medical Terminology.

5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should be sent directly to LIU (school code 2070). Preference will be given to applicants with the following minimum GRE scores: Verbal Score > 150, Quanititive Score > 150 and Analytical Score > 4 , or a cumulative score of 280, if GRE reporting is prior to 2013.

B. Non-academic factors reviewed as part of the admissions process will include:

  1. Quality of writing and knowledge of the veterinary profession as evidenced in the applicant’s personal statement/essays that include a description of relevant work experience.
  2. Evaluation of three letters of reference, one of which must ideally be from a Veterinarian.
  3. Contribution to diversity.
  4.  Interview (by invitation only). Based on review of the applications by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the most competitive applicants will be invited to an online video interview.

English language proficiency must be demonstrated by all applicants for whom English is their second language. English proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A minimum score of 85 on the internet based TOEFL, with a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English and a minimum listening score of 22; 225 on the Computer-based or 550 Paper-based
  • A minimum ILTS score of 7
  • A minimum Cambridge English advanced and proficiency overall score of 185
  • A minimum Pearson Test of English (PTE) of 67
  • Submitting an ELS 112 completion certificate will satisfy the language proficiency requirement and no TOEFL/IELTS/PTE will be required.

Student selection process

LIU-CVM follows two applications pathways: 

  1. Admissions through the Veterinary Medical Common Application Service (VMCAS), starting with the fall 2021 admissions cycle. 
  2. Direct applications, administered by LIU and starting October 21, 2019 for the fall 2020 admissions cycle.