VetFAST: Veterinary Food Animal Scholars Track
Across the nation, a shortage of food animal veterinarians has emerged. Not enough veterinary students are training to work with dairy cows, beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and goats. Rural areas are unable to fill vacant positions or add new staff quickly enough. Positions in the food industry are difficult to fill, and more staff with veterinary training is needed in state and federal agencies to protect the livestock industry from new diseases and help to ensure food safety.
To meet this demand, the University of Minnesota has introduced the Veterinary Food Animal Scholars Program, or VetFAST. VetFAST can allow students to:
- Gain VetFAST program acceptance to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine at the end of the freshman or sophomore year in college rather than during the junior or senior year
- Complete both a Bachelor of Science and D.V.M. degrees in seven years rather than eight
- Waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), a requirement necessary for traditional applicants to the D.V.M. program
- Benefit from mentorships with veterinary faculty and other D.V.M. students
- Pursue summer veterinary and industry work opportunities
- Apply for special VetFAST scholarships
Who is Eligible?
Any freshman or sophomore student enrolled at the University of Minnesota, who is interested in food animal medicine, and is enrolled in one of the following VetFAST approved majors:
- Animal Science at the University of Minnesota Crookston
- Biology at the University of Minnesota Morris
- Animal Science at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Competitive applicants have previous experience with food animals, including dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, poultry, and small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. Residents from any state are eligible to apply. Undergraduate and D.V.M. tuition will be assessed according to the University's residency policies.
Applying to VetFAST
Applying to VetFAST consists of three easy steps. Applications are accepted once a year during spring semester. To learn more about the application process, click here.
Completing the VetFAST Program
VetFAST program participants must meet the following criteria in order to gain full admission to the D.V.M. program:
- Continue to take animal production courses
- Complete all required pre-veterinary coursework
- Maintain a University of Minnesota cumulative, undergraduate GPA of 3.40 or higher
- Continue to participate in food animal related activities and experiences
Students not meeting the criteria by the end of their junior year will be deferred by one academic year. Students not meeting the criteria by the end of their deferred year will lose program eligibility. Ineligible students may apply to the D.V.M. program through the traditional admission process at a later date with no penalty.
For More Information
Find out more about the VetFAST program and pre-approved U of MN undergraduate programs by contacting one of the three U of MN campus locations offering the program.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities