Student and Academic Services

DVM Admissions
College of
Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

phone: 607-253-3700
fax: 607-253-3709

Transfer Student Information


Cornell will consider applications for advanced standing in the DVM program on an individual basis, if an opening exists in the second-year class. Students who have completed a portion of the curriculum (at least two full semesters) at another AVMA-accredited college may apply for admission with advanced standing.

After reviewing the academic background of the applicant, the Admissions Committee (with the approval of the dean) will place an admitted transfer student in the semester of study deemed most appropriate. This could be at the beginning of the second year of study, or mid-way through the second year, at the beginning of the fourth (Spring) semester of study. It is important that the curricula of the two schools are sufficiently similar to allow students to enter without deficiencies in their academic background.

Credit from another institution will not be given for more than the first three semesters of study. Transfer students will need to complete all the courses offered for the semester they are admitted, and may be required to repeat part of the curriculum. All transfer students must spend a minimum of five semesters of study at Cornell.

Applicants seeking advanced standing will include a letter from their dean or associate dean certifying that the student is in good academic standing, has not been on academic probation, and has not been subject to any disciplinary action or dismissal for any reason.

Transfer applicants will be required to meet all the pre-veterinary requirements for first-year entry at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, including GRE or MCAT scores, prerequisite coursework, and required animal and veterinary experience. Along with official transcripts from all undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) colleges attended, the applicant will also need to have transcripts sent from their College of Veterinary Medicine along with course syllabi. Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic performance throughout their enrollment in the veterinary college from which they are transferring. Students applying for transfer admission will also be asked to explain any interruptions in academic progress during their veterinary education, or gaps of time greater than 6 months prior to the desired date of admission.

Curricula and courses do not align perfectly across veterinary colleges. In order to assess an applicant’s academic preparation, determine the best point of entry, and promote academic success, the material Cornell students will have studied by the two potential points of entry will serve as a basis for comparison and appropriate placement:

Prerequisite Courses for entry into Semester Three (beginning of Year 2)

  • Gross, Histologic and Developmental Anatomy
  • Physiology, including Cell Biology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Physical Examination/Foundations of Clinical Skills
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Ethics and Communication Skills (or the equivalent)
  • General Pathology
  • General Pharmacology

Additional Prerequisite Courses for entry into Semester Four (mid-way through Year 2)

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Bacteriology
  • Epidemiology

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