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Transfer Admissions

Veterinary medical students wishing to transfer to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (ISU-CVM) are considered on a case-by-case basis. The transfer applicant must have been in good standing throughout their entire period of enrollment in their current college of veterinary medicine. Students who have been dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons are not eligible to transfer.

Transfer applicants must have completed similar undergraduate prerequisite courses as required by ISU-CVM and the curriculum at the veterinary school where they are currently enrolled must be comparable to that of ISU-CVM. If the transfer applicant is from an AVMA-listed (non-AVMA accredited) college of veterinary medicine, the applicant must be in the upper one-third of their class. In addition, there must be sufficient space available in the class the applicant wishes to and is qualified to enter. The applicant must also be available for a personal interview if requested.

The following steps must be followed to request transfer to the ISU-CVM.

  1. Complete the transfer application.
    Transfer Application
  2. Have official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and professional institutions attended sent to:
  3. CVM Transfer Admissions
    2270 Veterinary Medicine
    Iowa State University
    P.O. Box 3020
    Ames, IA 50010-3020

  4. Official GRE scores are required. Use GRE code 6315 to have your scores sent to ISU-CVM.
  5. Non-native English speakers must present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (PBT) or 250 (CBT) at the time of application. Additional requirements such as demonstration of proficiency in the English language and communication skills may be required.
  6. The Dean or Associate Dean of the student’s current veterinary medical college must write a letter indicating that the applicant has been in good standing throughout their entire enrollment at the college. If the student is from an AVMA-listed (non-AVMA accredited) college of veterinary medicine, this letter must also include the student’s ranking in their current class.
  7. Three letters of recommendation must be received.
  8. An $80.00 processing fee is required for US citizens and immigrants.  A $100.00 processing fee is required for international students. Make checks payable to Iowa State University and send to the CVM Admissions address above.

Transfer Equivalency Tables

Deadlines for receipt of all materials:

Fall semester 2015: May 15, 2015

Questions concerning transfer application may be sent to:
Dr. Monica Howard
Director of Student Programs
2270B Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University
P.O. Box 3020
Ames, IA 50010-3020
Ph: 515-294-0391
Fax: 515-294-8341
E-mail: mohoward@iastate.edu

Note: In general, the earliest we may know if there are available positions in a class is two weeks following the end of each semester.

Questions regarding residency should be sent to:

Denise Timberland



  Position Acceptance Form

      Essential Functions and Technical Standards Document

  2014-15 Tuition and Fees


      Housing and Ames, IA Information


Vaccination documentation

     Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)-REQUIRED FOR ALL ISU STUDENTS

     Rabies-REQUIRED FOR ALL CVM STUDENTS.  Please send an electronic copy of your vaccination history or 

     titer to Dr. Monica Howard (mohoward@iastate.edu or FAX 515-294-8341)

 Academic Calendar

The College of Veterinary Medicine follows the same Academic Calendar for the year as the main university (with a few minor exceptions).  To see the University Academic Calendar, click here.