Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree Program
Regional Program
with Utah State University, Montana State University, and University of Idaho

Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine

Together with our regional educational partners Utah State University, Montana State University, and the University of Idaho, our DVM program offers veterinary students more opportunities.

Known as the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah (WIMU) Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine, the innovative and collaborative program draws from the educational strengths of all four universities.

  • 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

My first year at Montana State University we had so many spectacular opportunities to be hands-on and gain experience! This continued when I came to WSU in my second year.

Victoria Wilson (’20 DVM) from Montana

How does the regional partnership work?

Our regional partnerships with Utah State University, Montana State University, and the University of Idaho means our DVM students have more educational opportunities than other veterinary programs. The intentionally collaborative structure offers small class sizes, supportive learning communities, and hands-on experience beginning the first year.

  • Utah residents spend their first two years at Utah State University before coming to WSU to complete the final two years of their professional veterinary education (2+2 program). Up to 10 nonresidents spend their first two years at Utah State University.
  • Montana residents spend their first year at Montana State University before coming to WSU to complete the next three years of their professional veterinary education (1+3 program).
  • Idaho residents pay in-state tuition and attend WSU for all four years.

No matter where you start, you will earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from WSU, one of the oldest and best professional veterinary programs in the country.

Resident stateResident students admitted*Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Utah*20
USU
USU
WSU
WSU
Montana10
MSU
WSU
WSU
WSU
Idaho11
WSU
WSU
WSU
WSU
Washington55
WSU
WSU
WSU
WSU
*Nonresidents also have the opportunity to spend their first two years at Utah State University. We admit 35 nonresidents to our professional veterinary medical education program and 10 begin at Utah State University.

“I chose the regional program because I knew that I would receive an incredible education. Every professor cares about your individual success, and the hands-on opportunities offered are countless. I know that I will leave this program as an amazing veterinarian, no matter what avenue of veterinary medicine I decide to pursue.

Ubaldo Arana (‘22 DVM) from Idaho

Class profile

Statistics for the current class of first-year veterinary students

Frequently asked questions

Yes! Whether you start at Montana State University, Utah State University, or WSU, faculty teach DVM courses with the same syllabi, course objectives, and co-write the exams.

The small class sizes at Utah State University and Montana State University provide personalized attention to foster student success while offering exceptional opportunities for professional growth and the development of clinical, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

The majority of core courses are taught on site by Montana State University or Utah State University faculty. Some elective courses, clubs, and specialized core course topics are taught via distance learning. All students have access to taped lectures from every class.

Yes! Joining a club is a wonderful way to get to know other veterinary students. Montana State University and Utah State University students can participate thru their own campus clubs and video streaming.

By the time you come to WSU, you will have had the opportunity to get to know your classmates from courses via distance learning and student clubs with video streaming. Students will also attend a second orientation prior the start of classes at WSU.

Utah State University and Montana State University students have opportunities get hands-on primary care experience, learn animal handling, and training at local veterinary clinics, livestock facilities, and ranches.