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University of Minnesota-Morris VetFAST Application


DUE February 27, 2009 

Submit Your Application to:
Dr. Timna Wyckoff, Associate Professor of Biology,
Room 2430 Science Building
University of Minnesota , Morris

VetFAST Application

VetFAST is an Early Decision program to a degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul Campus

All over the nation, a shortage of veterinarians for food animals has emerged. Not enough veterinary students are training to work with dairy cows, beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and goats. Rural areas can't fill vacant positions or add new staff quickly enough. Food industry positions are hard to fill. Federal and state agencies need more veterinarians to protect the livestock industry from new diseases and help ensure food safety.

To meet this demand, the University of Minnesota has introduced the Veterinary Food Animal Scholars Program, or VetFAST.

  • Receive an "admissions decision" from the University of Minnesota , College of Veterinary Medicine at the end of your first year of undergraduate study
  • Waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement when applying to the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Participate during the summer in independent study, research and internship opportunities
  • Have the option of completing your undergraduate pre-veterinary coursework in three or four years
  • Benefit from mentorships with veterinary faculty and advanced students while finishing your pre-veterinary coursework
  • Pursue summer veterinary and industry work opportunities
  • Know that admission to the Veterinary Medicine program is considered “guaranteed” pending the successful completion of your pre-veterinary course work with a GPA of 3.40 or greater

Who is eligible for VetFAST?

During the introductory year of the University of Minnesota-Morris VetFAST program, any student enrolled in any major in the Division of Science and Mathematics seeking admission to the fall 2010 veterinary class or beyond, may apply. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in food animal veterinary medicine – dairy, beef, swine, poultry and small ruminants including sheep and goats and are expected to pursue a Food Animal Medicine track once they enter the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. In subsequent years, only new incoming freshmen students enrolled in the Division of Science and Mathematics will be eligible for admission consideration.

Complete this application along with a letter of support from a practicing veterinarian to be considered for the VetFAST program.