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 10/30/23) 

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 an early admission to the DVM program with an accelerated BS degree. This selective program provides eligible students the opportunity to enter an accelerated course of study allowing them to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at the College of Science & Mathematics and earn early admission to the Shreiber School of Veterinary Medicine.

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 enter a reserved seat 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. Each year, between six and ten (6-10) incoming undergraduate students at the College of Science & Mathematics will be admitted to the program.

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

To be eligible to apply to this program, you must:

  • Indicate an interest in veterinary medicine on your application
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5
  • Be a New Jersey resident


 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 APP 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 progam. 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, remaining credits for their Bachelor’s degree will be fulfilled and the Bachelor’s degree will be conferred.


Application Requirements

To complete the application process you will be required to submit both a general application for Rowan University and a supplementary 3+4 BS/DVM program application that will request the following information:

  • A resume
  • Documentation of your service-learning or employment in animal-related or veterinary
    experiences – examples include, but are not limited to animal care in clinics, retail, shelters,
    kennels, barns, sanctuaries, aquariums, agricultural experiences, and research – Note: personal pet ownership is not applicable.
  • List of your experiences and interests outside of veterinary medicine
  • One letter of recommendation from a person who can speak to your animal-related or veterinary experiences (preferred), academic performance, and/or overall fit for the program

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