3+4 Accelerated BS/DVM Pathway Program

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3+4 Accelerated BS/DVM Pathway Program

3+4 Accelerated BS/DVM Pathway Program

A 3+4 collaboration between Rowan University’s College of Science & Mathematics and Shreiber School of Veterinary Medicine

(updated 3/20/24)

Note: Applications are now closed for the Rowan University 3+4 BS/DVM Program application

In keeping with Rowan University’s strategic pillars of access, affordability, quality, and economic engine, the Shreiber School of Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with the College of Science & Mathematics, is proud to offer a 3+4 Accelerated BS/DVM Pathway Program for motivated students pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. This opportunity will be offered annually to up to four incoming undergraduate students at the College of Science & Mathematics.

Students admitted to this program will spend three years as undergraduate students enrolled in a BS in Biological Sciences with a Pre-Vet Concentration. In their fourth year, students who have completed the program requirements will be granted reserved seats in the first year of the DVM program. At the conclusion of year 4, students will have satisfied the requirements of the BS degree. Those who successfully complete the next three years of the DVM program (years 5, 6, and 7) will be awarded the DVM degree.

The 3+4 BS/DVM Program is supported by the Rowan University Office of Pre-Health Programs which offers one-on-one student advising on coursework and preparation for the veterinary school application process.


Criteria for Eligibility

Applications for this program are by invitation only. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5
  • Select an interest in Veterinary Medicine on their application
  • Have been offered acceptance to Rowan University*
  • Be a New Jersey resident

 *Students accepted into Rowan University in another program will have to switch to a Biology Major to complete the 3+4 BS/DVM Program.


 Program Description

  • Students selected for the 3+4 BS/DVM Program will complete three years of undergraduate coursework and program requirements, including gaining applicable experience to prepare them for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.
  • Requirements include maintaining a 3.7 cumulative GPA and 3.5 science GPA, meeting regularly with designated undergraduate and 3+4 BS/DVM Program advisors, participating in club and service-learning opportunities, and gaining diverse veterinary experience.
  • A seat will be reserved in the DVM program for each student admitted to the program. During the third undergraduate year, students who have met the program requirements will be invited for an interview with the SSVM Committee on Admissions. After a successful interview and the submission of three letters of reference, the student will enter the DVM program in the fall after their third year of their undergraduate program.
  • Upon completion of their first year of the DVM program, the remaining credits for their Bachelor’s degree will be fulfilled and the Bachelor’s degree will be conferred.


Application Requirements

All eligible students will be invited to fill out an application. To complete the application process students will be required to submit:

  • Documentation of service-learning or employment in animal-related or veterinary experiences - examples include, but are not limited to, animal care clinics, retail, shelters, kennels, barns,
    santuaries, aquariums, agricultural experiences, and research - Note: personal pet ownership is not applicable
  • Documentation of experiences and achievements outside of veterinary medicine
  • Evaluations by two references who can speak to the student’s animal-related or veterinary
    experiences (preferred), academic performance, and/or overall fit for the program
  • Answers to questions about the student’s motivation to become a veterinarian, and what makes them a good candidate for Shreiber School of Veterinary Medicine.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview with the Committee on Admissions at SSVM.