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 an online Nebraska Residency Application to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine.  

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

After reviewing the applications, the PPVM Admission Committee discusses the ranked list and determines who should be offered a seat in the incoming class. This list is 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)

  • 50%: File Review (Analysis of application and reference letters)
  • 50%: Academic Score (last 45 credit units GPA, required science courses GPA)

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. A request must be sent in writing to within 10 days of receiving the denial.  Although this alternate route exists, Nebraska residents will be most competitive for admission through the ISU-UNL PPVM program described above. 


Updated 11/25/2020