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Veterinary Medicine BS-DVM

Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences


B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Seven-year Program

(with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts)


This accelerated, combined degree program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree in seven years, one year less than the normal span of eight years. The bachelor’s degree (B.S. in biology) is awarded by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the doctoral degree (D.V.M.) by Ross University. English is the teaching language.

Students are admitted to FDU as incoming freshmen or qualified transfer students. They may apply for the B.S. degree upon successful completion of six semesters at FDU, including the courses listed below, and the first year of study (three semesters) at Ross University. A maximum of 32 credits from Ross University may be transferred toward completion of the B.S. degree at FDU.

The program prepares students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to become successful veterinarians in the United States. The program is an accelerated program which takes a little more than three years. The last three semesters are spent on the campus of one of the U.S. veterinary schools affiliated with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The U.S. Department of Education has certified Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine as an eligible institution for the Title IV U.S. Federal Family Education Loan program.


Combined Degree Program Requirements

While enrolled at FDU, students are required to follow the accelerated preprofessional curriculum in biology and are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 3.2 or higher in all course work and a minimum of 3.00 in prerequisite courses required by Ross University.


Preveterinary Curricula

Under the provisions of the preveterinary program, students matriculate in either University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, or Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, College at Florham, for a minimum of 96 credits of course work leading to the B.S. in biology (preprofessional option). The curriculum is as follows:


Admission to the Combined Degree Program

High school seniors with a combined SAT score of 1170 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.25 or higher may apply for admission to the combined degree program.

All applicants for admission to the combined degree program must satisfy secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. The high school grade point average and rank in class, along with letters of recommendation from high school teachers, will be of primary importance in evaluating applicants’ credentials. Applicants are required to submit scores in the verbal and mathematical components of the SAT.


Qualifying for Enrollment at Ross University

Students must meet the following criteria to qualify for admission to the veterinary phase of the program:

  • Completion of all FDU curriculum requirements, including the general education requirements and the degree program requirements for the major and all prerequisite courses required for admission at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Students must obtain a GPA of 3.00 or higher in prerequisite courses with no C-, D, or F in any of the courses;
  • An overall GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  • A score in the 25th percentile or better in each category of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • Other minimum admissions requirements as set forth by Ross University:



Dr. James Salierno
Department Chair
Tel: 973-443-8776

Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences
285 Madison Ave. - M-SB1-01
Madison, NJ 07940

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