Texas Tech University

Admissions Requirements


  • Applicants must be residents of Texas or New Mexico. Up to 10% of the student body may be New Mexico residents.

Rural and Regional Life Experiences and Personal Attributes

The Admission Committee focuses on each applicant's life experiences with activities supporting rural and regional communities. For example, applicants must demonstrate agricultural, animal, or veterinary experience in rural and regional communities. There is no minimum number of hours, but applicants should have accumulated substantial life experiences to demonstrate their understanding of these communities, their awareness of the various roles veterinarians have in rural and regional communities, and thereby providing evidence supporting their interest in rural and regional veterinary medicine.

In addition to life experiences, the Committee also looks for evidence of personal attributes to aid in success in our program and in a career supporting rural and regional communities. Examples of personal attributes might include perseverance, grit, being conversant in Spanish, work ethic, written and verbal communication skills, and ethical reasoning (this is a non-exhaustive list).

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • At least 2 years of full time post-secondary instruction and 48 semester credits from a regionally accredited college or university by the end of Spring Semester prior to enrollment.
  • Minimum overall 2.9 GPA or higher in all coursework; minimum 2.9 science GPA or higher.

Graduate Record Examination

  • The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine will not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

CASPer Requirement

  • Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine does require the CASPer situational judgement test. Deadline to complete is September 29, 2022. On the last day to submit the CASPer test, all applicants must begin the test by 7:00pm (8:00pm EDT). *The Snapshot test portion of CASPer is NOT a requirement.

Animal Experience

  • There is not a minimum number of hours required for animal or veterinary experience. We recommend that applicants be exposed to a variety of veterinary careers and animal species prior to application. This will aid in obtaining a quality evaluation (TMDSAS Evaluation Form) and inform the applicant about the profession.


  • Three Applicant Evaluation Forms, available from TMDSAS, are required. One evaluation must be completed by a veterinarian.

Pre-Requisite Coursework

  • Students must receive a C or higher grade in all required coursework.
  • Pre-requisites courses must be completed within the last 10 years prior to admissions.
  • Exceptions to the 10 year requirement may be considered on a case by case basis based on a holistic review of other coursework or experiences by the Admissions Committee. Written confirmation for this exception must be given by the Admissions Committee.
  • Courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Coursework may be in progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed by the end of spring semester of the year of matriculation.
  • Advanced placement credits must appear on college transcripts in order to be counted toward required credits. They must have a specific subject title, number, and credits listed to be accepted.
TTU-SVM Prerequisite Semester Credits
Animal Nutrition 3 Lecture
Biochemistry 3 Lecture
English 3
General Biology 4 Lecture & Lab
General Microbiology 4 Lecture & Lab
Genetics 3 Lecture
General Chemistry I & II 8 Lecture & Lab
Introductory Statistics 3
Organic Chemistry 4 Lecture & Lab
Physics 4 Lecture & Lab
Total 39