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Welcome to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University. We are delighted you have chosen to become a Buckeye. We are looking forward to you being on campus and continuing your journey to become a veterinarian. You are the best of the best, and we wish you well on this path.

To help you with your transition into veterinary school, we have a few programs in place. One such program is new student orientation, which is mandatory. Tentative New student orientation dates are August 14-16 and 19.  Classes begin on Tuesday, August 20.  More information regarding New Student Orientation will be emailed to you closer to the date.  This event is an opportunity for you to get to know your classmates and become familiar with our college. All students are required to attend.   

You will receive detailed information about New Student Orientation as well as other programs this summer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (614) 292-1171 or e-mail

Again, Congratulations on being accepted to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Welcome to the Buckeye State!


 Office of Professional Programs

*Please note: This page will be the most up to date after the April 15th deadline.  The class is not typically set until June. 

Please click below:

Background Check: 

In order to begin your academics at the College of Veterinary Medicine, you will need to complete a BCI fingerprint background check (or BCI/FBI if you have not lived in Ohio for the past five years), in accordance to the Activities and Programs with Minor Participants policy. As a reminder, you will not be eligible to begin until the fingerprint background check has been completed and reviewed by the Ohio State University Office of Human Resources. You need to complete this background check 6-8 weeks in advance of activity or program start date to ensure all results are returned in time. Please review the attached instructions for more information regarding the fingerprint requirement.

You will receive an email in the summer (typically in June) regarding your background check requirement and further instructions.

The cost is approximately $35 for Ohio residents and $65 for non-residents (prices subject to change). All criminal background check information will be held confidential to the extent permitted by Ohio law, and will be handled in accordance with University policy.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (614) 292-1171 or email

Transcripts of Current Work

Please submit your final transcript(s) to Graduate and Professional Admissions by August 1 (or the end of the semester that your last class ends).  Submit transcript (s) to: 

Graduate and Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus Ohio 43218-2004

Please do not send transcripts to College of Veterinary Medicine. 

An electronic version of your transcript can be emailed directly to for the issuing institution or a verified third-party transcript provider. 

If you have questions about your transcripts, please call (614) 292-9444 or email  Failure to submit your final transcript could affect your course schedule for the next term. 

Please note:   Ohio State students do not have to submit a final OSU transcript. A courtesy copy will be automatically sent to the college.

Required Device (Class of 2023)

Required Device: All students in the Class of 2023 are required to have an iPad with a privacy screen to use during their DVM program. The device will be used for core course examinations, review of electronic materials in Carmen and annotation of electronic notes as needed. See below for device requirements and recommendations:

  1. Minimum Required Device: iPad 9.7” (2018) 128GB Wi-Fi @ $429 – 32GB runs out really quickly. Note that this model comes with the A10 processor, which was introduced almost 3 years ago. Supports Apple Pencil 1st generation.


    1. We recommend that you come with a tablet stylus for handwritten digital notes, which helps to reduce verbatim keyboard note taking. It is strongly recommended that you opt for the 128GB model because you are very likely to run out of space on the 32GB model.
  1. Recommended Device: iPad Air 10.5” (2019) 64GB Wi-Fi @ $499. Supports Apple Pencil 1st generation.

    In addition, both models above support the education-focused Logitech Crayon, which is cheaper than the Apple Pencil and has the same tech, except 1) cannot be charged directly from the iPad, and 2) lacks pressure sensitivity.


  1. Required Accessories: Keyboard and privacy screen.


  1. Additional Requirements
    1. Operating System = iOS 12. Only genuine versions of iOS are supported (Jailbroken devices are not compatible).
  2. Purchasing Opportunity: 
    1. Students can opt to purchase their device using the university discount/apple educational discount here:
    2. Students can also opt to purchase a protection plan through TechHub which might be of value as apple protections plans are often more expensive and have more limitations (they also are on campus so that’s a plus):
  3. Device Requirement Considerations: We require the current generation or the previous generation of iPads to not only minimize technology issues during exams, but also to ensure that you would be able to maximize the technology throughout your DVM career. We do not and cannot support the exam software if it is incompatible with an outdated device. The cost of the newer required iPad is included in the Cost of Attendance for Financial Aid.

Student Health Insurance

Students who are enrolled at least half time (4 eligible credit hours for graduate and professional students) and are attending any campus of The Ohio State University are eligible for coverage, as are their dependents.

For more information about student health insurance, please contact:

Student Health Insurance
1100 Lincoln Tower
1800 Cannon Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-7979
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday

Technical Standards

You will receive an electronic copy of the technical standards form to sign typically in the summer (mid June).  Please feel free to review the form below.  

College of Veterinary Medicine Technical Standards


The Office of Professional Program Support ( will register your first semester classes for you during the summer prior to your first day in August. After your first semester, you are responsible for registering for your elective courses.  The Office of Professional Program Support will continue to register you for core classes. You will be notified by e-mail about upcoming registration dates and deadlines.

Activate OSU E-mail account

It is very important to activate your OSU e-mail account as soon as possible so that we can communicate with you. For information, about activating your e-mail account click active account.

If you have problems activating your email address, contact or (614) 688-4357.

Buckeyemail ( email account) Please check your Buckeyemail throughout the summer as you have been added to our Class of 2023 email list and may receive information relevant for your upcoming semester. Please do not “reply all” to emails to avoid filling everyone’s in boxes unnecessarily.  Check your “Junk” and “Clutter” mailboxes within the account as sometime the messages sent through the email lists are identified as junk or clutter.  The list service email for the incoming class is typically done mid-June.

Financial Aid

To speak to a financial aid advisor, email

Financial Aid Awards will not be available until mid to late June after the class is seated. Please make sure you have completed the FAFSA at if you have not already done so. All VME students will be awarded up to the total cost of attendance if all federal requirements are met. If you have any questions concerning your financial aid, please contact email

You will be able to access your financial aid in late June by using your OSU username and password and logging into "My Buckeye Link" at Under "Finances" click on "View Financial Aid". Select the Aid Year. Click on "Award Summary". If you were awarded loans, you will also need to click on the "To Do List" tab in order to complete promissory notes and other needed items.

Please see the demonstrations concerning your financial aid by clicking on the following link:

Please note: The Federal Graduate PLUS loan and the Health Professions Student loan (if eligibility is met) CANNOT be accepted online in Buckeye Link. HPSL will have other requirements in the “To Do List” that will need completed prior to receiving the award. For the Federal Graduate PLUS loan you will need to go to and apply for the loan in a separate application. Please complete these steps 3-4 weeks before the start of the term in order to have these funds by the time fees are due.

Under the "Finance" section is also a box with a drop down arrow. Go to "Account Refund" for instructions on setting up Direct Deposit. Under the "Finance" section, you will also find links to selecting or waiving "Student Health Insurance."

If you applied for financial aid and did not receive an award by July 15, 2019, or if you have any other questions concerning your financial aid award, please email your financial aid contact,, immediately!

The Office of Student Financial Aid welcomes you to The Ohio State University!

Housing Information

For information on housing, click the links below:

Recommended apartments/condos by current veterinary students

The OTS House

Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) professional veterinary fraternity has housing options available for incoming veterinary students. The OTS house offers 9 bedrooms, two full baths (one of these two bathrooms has two separate private showers in it, two sinks, and two private toilets), as well as two half bathrooms downstairs.There are two washer and dryers included. Rent and utilities combined run anywhere from $400-$600 depending on room size you select, member status, and utilities for that month.

  • PLEASE NOTE you DO NOT have to be a member of the fraternity to live in the house- however members do get reduced rent (about $100 off a month).
  • Property DOES NOT allow cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, or birds. Other reptiles and pocket pets are allowed.  

The house is located right off of Kenny Road (a popular spot for groceries, restaurants, etc.) and is less than 15 minutes from campus, with traffic. An added bonus is you will be living with people from all different classes of veterinary school, and can use them to ask advice about classes and such.

If you have questions, please email  

Fisher Commons is primarily for MBA students, however, they do open it up to other professional students. For more information, call 614-487-9008 or email, 900 Nettler Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221. Fisher Commons is located minutes from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Off Campus Student Services is also available to assist you with your search. Services include online housing search, information regarding finding off-campus housing, resources for moving into your new apartment or house, resource information for living off-campus, etc. Please feel free to contact Off-Campus Student Services at (614) 292-0100, website e-mail at

Vaccination Requirement

To enhance the health, safety and well-being of the campus community, Ohio State has announced a new vaccination requirement. All new students to the Columbus campus (part-time or greater) enrolling for the autumn 2015 semester and later will be required to have vaccinations for: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox). Students who are new to residence halls on all Ohio State campuses will be required to have the meningococcal conjugate (ACWY) vaccination recommended by the CDC.

Vaccination Information

Also check with your insurance carrier for coverage.

The Ohio Veterinary Educational Supply Service (OVESS)

OVESS proudly serves the book and supply needs of the student, faculty, and staff of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. OVESS was created by the Student Chapter of the AVMA to provide a way for students to purchase veterinary textbooks, equipments, and instruments at a discounted cost. Located in room 0010 of the Veterinary Medical Center, OVESS is an independently student operated business.

Ohio Veterinary Education Supply Service
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-1388
online store: 

Class of 2023 (coming to you soon)
OVESS General Information
OVESS Policies

Football Tickets

As an Ohio State student, you will receive information sometime in May about purchasing football tickets. 

Typically the ranking order go as follow:

  • If you attended Ohio State as an undergraduate student your highest rank will transfer over to the professional school.  If you did not complete any credits at Ohio State, you would be considered Rank 1.
  • If you have questions, please contact:

Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office
555 Borror Dr
Room 1020
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 292-2624 | Fax: (614) 688-3032



 Helpful Websites

New Student Orientation

  • August 14-16 and 19
  • Classes begin on August 20

OSU Academic Calendar (University Calendar)


For questions about residency, click residency. You can also contact University Registrar at (614) 292-8877 or email them at Also check out their website at

To gain residency a student must be living in Ohio prior to the first day of Fall term

For more information call the Student Services Center at (614) 292-8877 or go to, click on "Ohio Residency for Tuition.

Ohio & Columbus Information

Student Organizations

Click link for a list of student organizations:

U.S. Health Care Recruiter

Below is the contact information for the U.S. Health Care Recruiters locally. They will be offering scholarships to students who have an interest in veterinary medicine as well as the U.S. Army. Their website is For FY19 (starting October 2018), the once a year board deadline for all Veterinary Corps HPSP applications have been pushed forward to 28 August 2018.

Randall D. Link Jr.
Staff Sergeant
United States Army
Office: 614-481-8858
Luther J. Alston
Staff Sergeant
United States Army
Office: 614-481-8858