Admission Criteria

The number of qualified applicants to The School of  Veterinary Medicine greatly exceeds the number of available places. Thus, admission is highly competitive. Due to this, we cannot offer admission to all students with impressive academic and personal records.

To accommodate students from around the world, the School of Veterinary Medicine provides different entry points to its programme, offering a veterinary program that varies in duration from eight to thirteen semesters, depending upon the individual’s academic background.


5-Year DVM

Prior to matriculation at The School of Veterinary Medicine, you should have completed the programmes, which, in your home country, would have prepared you for entrance to a university in that country.  

For Caribbean students, this means that you must have attained passes in at least five (5) subjects at CSEC (CXC) General Proficiency (Grades I or II and from 1998 Grade III) or approved equivalents, which must include English Language and Mathematics.

You should also sit for national, external examinations and, submit your scores for those examinations, as part of your credentials for admission to The UWI-SVM:

  • Passes at CAPE Level (I & II) in Chemistry and Biology / Zoology and one other subject, or approved equivalents e.g. GCE A-levels, German Abitur, French Baccalauréat and International Baccalaureate. If the third subject is not physics, this must have been passed at CSEC (CXC) O-level or approved equivalent.
  • Pure science degree from a university acceptable to The University of the West Indies
  • Successful completion of at least one year of a three-year pure science degree from a university acceptable to The University of the West Indies.
  • The Pre-Health Professions Certificate from The University of the West Indies with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The triple major associate degree from Barbados Community College with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • The Associate degree in Natural Sciences from Jamaica College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) with a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

Click here to view our Admissions Sway Brochure. 

Proficiency in English

Since English is the language of instruction at The School of Veterinary Medicine, it is essential that you demonstrate competence in the language. You must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic Standard English, as spoken in the classroom, have the ability to express thoughts quickly and clearly in spoken and written English, and read the language with ease. This proficiency must be achieved before you are admitted. If your native language is not English, the University requires that you submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as evidence that your English proficiency is satisfactory for study at The School of Veterinary Medicine.


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