Veterinary Leadership through Early Admission for Diversity


The profession of veterinary medicine provides countless opportunities to graduates. The University of Minnesota's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program prepares students to enter many exciting and rewarding career paths. Veterinarians care for companion animals, work with producers to support food-animal production, protect our food supply and public health, and serve an integral role in biomedical research. While the veterinary profession has much to offer, students of color are still underrepresented.

To meet the increasing demand for veterinarians and to promote diversity within the veterinary student body, the University of Minnesota has introduced the Veterinary Leadership through Early Admissions for Diversity (VetLEAD) program. VetLEAD creates a pathway into veterinary school for high-ability students at partner institutions. VetLEAD allows you to:

  • Gain VetLEAD program acceptance to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine as early as after two completed semesters of FAMU or AAMU coursework. 
  • Complete your undergraduate pre-veterinary coursework at your home institution
  • Participate in summer independent study, research, and internship opportunities
  • Benefit from a mentorship with veterinary faculty and advanced students while finishing your undergraduate coursework
  • Obtain scholarships
  • Work with world-class veterinary faculty members and veterinary medical industry leaders

Who is eligible for VetLEAD?

Any high-achieving FAMU or AAMU student who:

  • Is enrolled full time in a major and/or minor within the College of Agriculture and Food Science program at either Florida or Alabama A&M University
  • Has completed at least two semesters of full time enrollment at FAMU or AAMU by the end of the spring term 2021
  • Will have at least two additional semesters of full time enrollment remaining at FAMU or AAMU after the VetLEAD application is submitted and prior to graduation and/or DVM program start

Applying to VetLEAD

Applying to VetLEAD consists of three easy steps. Applications are accepted once a year during spring semester.

Completing the VetLEAD program

To complete VetLEAD and gain admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the end of the fourth undergraduate year, students must:

  • Visit the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine campus
  • Complete all pre-veterinary coursework with a FAMU or AAMU cumulative GPA of at least 3.40
  • Participate in a summer independent study, research, or internship opportunity

Students not meeting the criteria by the end of their graduation date from FAMU or AAMU 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.

Raptor exam

More information

Find out more about the VetLEAD program and Florida A&M University undergraduate programs:

University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine
[email protected]

Florida A&M University
Glen Wright, DVM
Director of Veterinary Technology
College of Agriculture and Food Sciences

[email protected]  

Alabama A&M University
Bobwealth Omontese, DVM, PhD, MPA
Coordinator - Pre Veterinary Club
College of Agriculture, Life and Natural Sciences
[email protected]



Helpful resources

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota provides numerous resources for our diverse student population to aid in their health, safety and academic and professional success.

View our list of resources on our Current Students webpage.

Find a BIPOC veterinary mentor

The CVM’s Alumni Relations office is working to build a list of BIPOC alumni who are available to mentor VetLEAD students. To find out more, contact Kris Hayden, [email protected]