Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

G-100 Veterinary Medical Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1314
(517) 355-6509
Status: Full Accreditation


Michigan State University, or MSU, is one of the few schools that opened up the veterinary medicine program at the same time the school opened. Veterinary science courses have been available since the founding of the institution in 1855, but the college of veterinary medicine wasn’t formally established as a 4-year degree-granting program until 1910.

There are four biomedical science departments; microbiology and molecular genetics, pathobiology and diagnostic investigation, pharmacology and toxicology and physiology. There are also two clinical departments/ large-animal and small-animal clinical sciences. Plus, there are two service units; the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.

Education and Training

Aside from the DVM degree program, the college also offers certificate and bachelor’s degree and/or the doctor of philosophy degree. To enter into one of these programs, a potential student must request an appointment if they do not know which category they fit into. MSU’s curriculum is done in a 4-year, 4-phase program. Each year is equal to one phase. Besides the normal courses in subjects like science, radiology, immunology, physiology, pathology, surgery, and chemistry, students also receive instruction in medical communications, professional ethics, animal welfare, practice management, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. A total of 161 credits with a GPA of at least 2.0 is required to receive the DVM degree.

Tuition and Fees

During the 2009 academic year, tuition and fees for the students in the DVM program were $20,510 for residents and $42,578 for non-residents. Unfortunately, these figures are more than likely going to increase for the following years, plus, these figures do not represent cost of living expenses, books, supplies and other expenses students must pay each semester and year.

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

# Total Applicants: 923

# Total Students Enrolled: 106

# of Male Students Enrolled: 14

# of Female Students Enrolled: 92

Overall GPA: 3.66

Average GRE Score: 1176

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $20,510

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $82,040

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $42,578

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $170,312