Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Pullman, WA 99164-7010
(509) 335-9515
Status: Full Accreditation


The College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University was founded in 1899. It’s the fifth oldest veterinary college in the United States and the sixth oldest among the veterinary colleges in the US and Canada. In 1935, the curriculum increased from four to five years with one year outside the college.

The College believes that students should have more hands-on training than that provided by a teaching hospital. Students are encouraged to participate in cases that take place in primary and secondary care centers. There are numerous programs available for pre-vet students, DVM graduates and other who are looking to continue their education.

Education and Training

During a student’s 4-year DVM program, they can expect to take courses involving anatomy, physiology, clinics, neurology, pathology, nutrition, immunology, pharmacology, epidemiology, parasitology, diseases and more. Elective choices include practice management, pet bird diseases, orthopedic surgery, equine lameness, pain and analgesics and more. During the fourth year, veterinary students spend time in clinical rotations so that they can learn what is possible in regards to the art and practice of veterinary medicine.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for students attending the College are subject to change due to the actions of the various legislature bodies every year. Currently, resident tuition and fees averages $18,332 each year, while non-resident tuition and fees average $45,342 per academic year. These figures do not include expenses for room and board, books, supplies, course fees, equipment, etc.

Departments and Units

  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences
  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology
  • Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
  • Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

# Total Applicants: 855

# Total Students Enrolled: 94

# of Male Students Enrolled: 26

# of Female Students Enrolled: 68

Overall GPA: 3.54

Average GRE Score: Verbal- 514, Quantitative- 635, Analytical Writing- 4.7

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $18,332

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $73,328

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $45,342

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $181,368