Transfer to St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine

Transfer to St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine

Learn more about our streamlined credit transfer process for U.S., Canadian, and international students.

Personalized Support for Your DVM at St. Matthew’s University.

At St. Matthew’s University (SMU), we are committed to helping you achieve your dream of becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). We welcome U.S., Canadian, and international transfer students who seek a supportive and diverse veterinary school community. SMU’s small class sizes create a welcoming, personalized learning experience with close student-faculty interactions. Our professors know their students by name and are here to support you from your very first class through to graduation day.

Why Choose SMU for Your Veterinary Studies?

When you continue your DVM at St. Matthew’s University, you’ll benefit from:

  • Accelerated Curriculum: Immerse yourself in a dynamic learning experience that emphasizes hands-on training and personalized learning experiences.
  • Small Class Sizes: Benefit from small class sizes of 20 students or fewer and an exceptional student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Expert Faculty: Learn from highly qualified professors, each holding a DVM and/or PhD, dedicated to your success.
  • Proven Success: With a remarkable 96% NAVLE pass rate over five years*, SMU prepares you for success in the veterinary field.
  • Clinical Rotations: Gain real-world experience through clinical rotations at renowned veterinary colleges across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Transfer Scholarships: Explore financial assistance options designed to support your academic journey.
  • Dedicated Support: Experience personalized support from day one, ensuring your transition and success are our top priorities. 
  • Inclusive Community: Thrive in a welcoming environment where you can connect with like-minded peers and mentors.

*NAVLE 5-year pass rate is the number of SMUSVM students and graduates passing NAVLE divided by the total number of students and graduates taking NAVLE during the period 2017-2021, as reported by students and graduates.

How to Apply as a Transfer Student

  1. Gather Your Documents:
    • Undergraduate GPA
    • Work History/Resume
    • Personal Statement
      (Up to 500 words)
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
    • Dean’s Letter
      (Letter of good standing from the registrar’s office, outlining academic progress and any record of disciplinary action.)
  2. Complete Your Application: Create an account through SMU’s application portal to submit your documents.
  3. Submit Your Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts can be used to apply and uploaded directly to the application portal. Official transcripts from previously attended institutions are required before enrollment.

Transfer Evaluation Process

Our Office of Admissions evaluates each candidate’s application and supporting documents on a case-by-case basis to determine acceptance, credit recognition, and program entry points.

Please note that we do not award credits for Basic Science courses completed online or through distance education.

Transfer Scholarships for Veterinary Students

Upon admission to St. Matthew’s Doctor of Veterinary program, transfer students are automatically considered for our Transfer Scholarship.

Candidates:Citizens, dual citizens, or permanent residents of the United States and Canada.*
Academic Criteria:Candidates will be reviewed upon a combination of several criteria that have been submitted with their application. This includes undergraduate GPA, work history, and recommendations.
Award Amount:$10,000 USD upon acceptance into the program. The amount is disbursed over 10 semesters and directed against tuition only.**
Ongoing Eligibility:After matriculation a student must remain in good academic standing and progressing in a timely manner (no mediation) toward completion of the program.
Awards:Candidates will have three business days to accept the award by notifying the Scholarship Committee at Scholarship Awards will only be disbursed as a credit against tuition.

* Transfer Students – individuals who attend the MD program at another school
**Effective for students matriculating during or after January 2024

Speak to an Advisor About Your Transfer

Navigating the transfer process can be overwhelming, but you’re not alone. Our dedicated advisors are here to assist you every step of the way. Schedule a virtual appointment today to learn how SMU can help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Hear from Our Transfer Students

Yash Patel, Student from SMU Vet

“St. Matthew’s gives a lot of students the opportunity to start again – to start afresh. Other students who have come to the program have been successful as a transfer, whether that’s transferring first semester or third semester.”

Jessica Miller, a SMU Vet student in the Library

“My decision to come to St. Matthew’s was probably one of the best decisions I made for my education. Because SMU is a smaller school, it encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, which set me up to become a better veterinarian.”

  • the gazebo located in the middle of the SMU campus
  • SMU Veterinary students working with horses
  • SMU Veterinary students participate in an anatomy lab
  • Veterinary School Admission Requirements

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