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Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to learning new knowledge and skills in animal care, it’s essential that veterinarians learn how to manage staff, assess financial performance, market their practice, and address challenges with innovative technological solutions.


Applicants interested in the combined degree program must receive acceptance from both the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the College of Management.

Application Process and Requirements

The Veterinary Medical Common Application system or VMCAS handles the national Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) application process. The CVM sends supplementary information to qualified candidates, which include a list of general questions that help gauge the applicant’s interest in the MBA program. 

Once a student completes their DVM application they must also submit a separate application to our MBA program.

Course Sequencing

Students accepted to both programs will spend year one attending the College of Management’s MBA program full time. During August before their 1st semester, students will attend the MBA Full-time Orientation. Students will then complete most of the required courses for the MBA Program during Year 1.

At the end of the first 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, along with finishing any remaining MBA concentration or elective courses. 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 degree would be granted by no later than the end of the fourth year after the completion of the MBA requirements listed below.

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.

MBA Requirements

All Dual Degree students will work with an MBA Advisor to develop a plan that meets their MBA requirements.

At a minimum, students must complete 42 credit hours for the MBA program. Of those hours, 30 must be unique to the MBA Program and can not be used toward any other degree, while you can share the remaining 12 hours with the DVM requirements.

  • Core Classes: 20 Hours
    • Students will take the MBA core classes in their first year according to the typical Full-time MBA Schedule.
  • Concentration Classes: 12 Hours
    • VMC 962 will count toward the Biosciences concentration and is an approved class to share between MBA and DVM
  • MBA Electives: 10 hours
  • Practicum
    • Can count toward hours for concentration
  • Analytics/Quantitative Course
    • Can count toward hours for concentration or elective