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VetFAST Program

An Early Decision Option for Students Interested in a Career in Food Animal Veterinary Medicine.

Students who successfully complete VetFAST (Veterinary Food Animal Scholars Program) are guaranteed admission to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Morris first and second year students majoring in biology who are interested in working with food animals have the opportunity to apply for early admission to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Applicants are expected to:

  • Have a strong interest in food animal veterinary medicine: dairy, beef, swine, poultry and small ruminants, including sheep and goats
  • Pursue a Food Animal Medicine track once they enter the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program

There is an ongoing nationwide shortage of food animal veterinarians at all levels of government and industry, especially in rural areas where small private practices allow veterinarians to practice both companion and food animal medicine. In addition, federal and state agencies need more veterinarians to:

  • Protect the livestock industry from new diseases
  • Help ensure food safety
  • Support sustainability initiatives

Because the food animal field has a high demand for fresh faces and new ideas, veterinarians with a liberal arts background are especially prized.

Advantages of the VetFAST program:

  • Gain VetFAST program acceptance by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (U of M CVM) at the end of your freshman or sophomore year in college rather than during your junior or senior year.
  • Complete both your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degrees in seven years rather than eight.
  • Graduate Record Exam (G.R.E.) requirement required of the traditional admission process for the D.V.M. program is waived for VetFAST.
  • Benefit from mentorships with veterinary faculty and other D.V.M. students.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate during the summer in independent study, research, and internship opportunities, or to find summer veterinary and industry work.
  • Get scholarships and financial support through summer internships.

Interested in VetFAST? Learn more or contact Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology