Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree
Become a veterinarian
Educating tomorrow’s veterinarians for more than a century
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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Washington State University has one of the oldest and best professional veterinary medical programs in the country. Our students receive exceptional training with renowned faculty and facilities, an innovative education curriculum, and an unmatched network of academic support.

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Students gain hands-on experience in all four years with real-world, case-based exercises and by working in the leading veterinary referral hospital in the Pacific Northwest. Students also study with renowned faculty who provide an innovative education and an unmatched network of academic support.

Distinguished faculty bring science and medical expertise to our curriculum, and students have exceptional learning opportunities to pursue their veterinary medicine interests.

Our positive learning environment, personalized attention to student success, and emphasis on collaboration provide an academically rich and friendly atmosphere where you really get to know your professors and your classmates.

The DVM program invests heavily in developing business and communication skills, which enables students to become a more competitive professional in their future career. All in all, WSU has been a great place to study, work, and play.

Min “Maddie” Liu (’21 DVM) from Oregon. Read Liu’s story in Washington State Magazine.

Regional program in veterinary medicine

with Utah State University, Montana State University, and University of Idaho

  • Idaho, Montana, and Utah residents pay in-state tuition
  • Utah and Montana residents begin their veterinary education in their home states studying with leading faculty
  • All students earn their DVM degree from WSU, one of the oldest and best veterinary colleges in the country

For your lifelong career, the Diagnostic Challenge helps you work one-on-one with a client and break down cases with colleagues to make a diagnosis in a comfortable learning environment; it’s an opportunity to build the everyday skills we use in veterinary medicine.

Lauren Frary, 4th-year student

99%

of the class of 2021 received employment offers before graduation

99%

of students passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination in 2021

Over $800,000

is awarded in DVM student scholarships each year

Counseling & Wellness

Your health and wellness is important to us.

We offer free, confidential counseling to professional veterinary students, graduate students, and veterinary residents and interns.


Tuition and financial resources

We know financial planning is important. Learn about available financial resources and estimated annual costs of attendance.



Get your WSU College of Veterinary Medicine gear!

SAVMA store

Sweatshirts, scrubs, tees, hats, water bottles, license plate frames, and more at the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Bookstore


DVM student stories

Pullman, Washington

Pullman is located in the Palouse region of the Inland Northwest, homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. The Palouse has one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. Rolling hills and wide-open skies give the region its distinctive appeal.

Residents enjoy outdoor activities and the benefits of small town living with the cultural richness of bigger city life.

Photo credit – kencarperphotos.com