The selection criteria for the Program is based on GPA, veterinary-related experience, evaluation forms, and applicant essays.


To be considered for admission, an applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, a minimum math and science GPA of 2.5 (with a minimum of 2.0 in all prerequisite math and science courses), and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the applicant’s most recent 12 credits. If a student has taken courses at another institution, course grades and GPA from the previous institution will be calculated with MSU course grades and GPA.

All courses categorized as math and science (and/or as part of a science curriculum) will be utilized in math and science GPA calculation. This includes all attempts; the original and repeated GPAs will be calculated.

See how the calculations are completed here.

The average GPA of the admitted class for the previous year:

  • Cumulative GPA = 3.37

If you enroll in Veterinary Nursing Program prerequisite courses on the CR/NC basis, the Director of the Veterinary Nursing Program will take the necessary administrative action, either at the beginning of the semester or after final grades have been reported, to change the grade from CR/NC to the numerical system.

A minimum of 80 hours of veterinary-related experience is required. Veterinary related experience is defined as any hours spent volunteering, observing, or working under the supervision of a veterinarian or a credentialed veterinary technician. The total number of hours and the quality of the hours will be considered when reviewing an applicant’s file

Three Evaluation Forms

  • At least one from a veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician or nurse
  • At least one from an academic reference (advisor, professor, or counselor)
  • An individual of applicant's choice (non-relative)

Applicant Essays

  • The applicant essays are designed to demonstrate an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the veterinary health care team and the skills and qualities necessary to be a successful member of that team.
  • The essays will be evaluated based on how effectively the applicant's thoughts are conveyed.