Laboratory Animal Science Application Process

Application Procedures

  • Log into the online VisualZen application, create a username/password and complete and submit the online form, including your personal essay, job history and CV/resume, along with the $60 application fee. If you cannot complete the form in one sitting, your information will be saved and you may return to finish the process.
  • Following the online instructions, applicants must contact every college or university attended and request that transcripts be sent directly to the School of Health Professions Admissions and Enrollment in sealed envelopes.
  • Using the form provided within the online system, submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can realistically evaluate your abilities and probability of success in the program. Preferably, one of the letters should be from your current employer.
  • List all related work or volunteer experience.


International Applicants

Translation: If the academic institution that you attended does not issue documents in English, the credentialing agency will require that you submit a word-for-word translation of your transcripts. You can contact University Language Services (ULS) to submit your transcript for translation and instruct them to send the translated transcript to the credentialing agency you choose.

Transcript Evaluation: International students whose native language is not English may contact one of the following credentialing agencies to submit transcripts for official evaluation: or Instruct the credentialing agency to send the official evaluation (and translation) directly to Admissions and Enrollment (address below). You must provide both a course-by-course evaluation report along with an overall GPA calculation.

Note: An official transcript must be submitted to School of Health Professions Admissions and Enrollment as well as the credentialing agency of your choice.

TOEFL: International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam and receive a score as follows: Paper-based test: 550; Computer-based test: 213; iBT exam: 80. Please go to the ETS website to take the TOEFL exam, and request your TOEFL scores be sent directly to the School of Health Professions Admissions and Enrollment. ETS reports scores for two years after the test date. If you have previously taken the TOEFL but the two-year period has expired, the program will accept a personal copy if available. We will also accept IELTS scores.

Note: If the candidate has received a BS or graduate degree from a college or university in a country where English is the primary language (like the US, Canada and UK), applicants could request for the TOEFL requirement to be waived by the Program Director or the Admission Committee. 


Application Submission

Application materials may be submitted beginning Nov. 1 for admission to the next matriculating class. Applications should be submitted by March 1 for early admission consideration. Applications submitted after March 1 will be considered until all positions are filled. Students who plan to seek Financial Aid are advised to submit their applications as early as possible. Upon acceptance into the program, a $300 nonrefundable matriculation fee (which will be credited toward the first semester's tuition) is required to secure class placement.


Contact Admissions and Enrollment

Official transcripts should be mailed to School of Health Professions Admissions and Enrollment at the address below. If you experience technical difficulties or related problems in completing your online application, please contact:

School of Health Professions
Admissions and Enrollment
Attention: Laboratory Animal Science
Eastern Virginia Medical School
700 W. Olney Road, Room 1155
Norfolk, VA 23507-1607

Phone: 757.446.7437 | 757.446.7153

Fax: 757.446.8915




This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula. Information is subject to change.