Applicants interested in the combined degree program must be accepted by both colleges. The DVM application is handled through a national application procedure – the Veterinary Medical Common Application system or VMCAS. The CVM sends supplementary applications to qualified candidates and that application will contain questions to determine the applicant’s interest in the MBA program. Students need to be accepted into both the DVM and MBA programs in order to participate in the combined program. Once a student completes their DVM application and expresses an interest in the combined program the student will receive information from the College of Management on the admissions process for the MBA program.
Students accepted to both programs will spend year one attending the College of Management’s MBA program full time. This will allow completion of most of the required courses for the program with completion of 30 credits toward the MBA degree. During their first summer they will take one more MBA course, putting them at 30 hours. At the end of the summer they will take part in the CVM orientation exercises. Years two through four will consist of the courses required in the DVM program during daytime class hours in the fall and spring. The VMC 962 Ethics, Jurisprudence and Practice Management course in the DVM program will count as a 4 credit elective in the MBA program. The MBA program also will accept 6 hours of DVM courses as MBA electives, following the practice of the joint MBA/MMB degree. The additional 11 hours of MBA courses will be completed by distance education, during the evenings, and during the summer sessions. We also anticipate the development of some management-oriented electives that will be taught during the last two weeks of the first five semesters in the DVM program. The MBA degree would be granted by no later than the end of the fourth year.
Year five will be primarily DVM clinical rotation requirements. During this year students will complete a 6-week, 6 credit business internship at either an Agribusiness or Pharmaceutical firm.