Application Process

We are here for support throughout your application. Please come in and talk with us about your plans to apply! And please ask about our detailed Canvas course on applying! Sign up here.

Application Timeline

Below is a rough timeline for preparing your application.

The year that you apply

Research Schools. For a map of veterinary schools, visit the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The AAVMC also publishes a Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements book each year.  You can purchase your own copy or visit our office.  For tips on choosing schools, visit our Selecting Schools page.

Make a list of your activities outside of class.

  • Hours, dates, locations, contacts
  • What your role was, what you learned

Identify possible letter writers.

Study for the GRE. Veterinary programs require the GRE.

Write personal statement. For tips on writing your application essay, check out our Personal Statements page.

Request letters of recommendation. Requirements vary by school.  In general, we recommend: one letter from a vet, one letter from a faculty member, and one non-academic letter.  For tips on how to build relationships with faculty, visit our Letters of Recommendation page.

Summer that you apply

Complete the centralized application. Veterinary schools use a centralized application called VMCAS.  The application typically opens in the middle of May.  Many schools review applications on a rolling basis, so it’s best to apply early.  The VMCAS costs $195 for the first program and $100 for each additional school.  The centralized application includes:

Complete school-specific secondary application. Veterinary schools require a secondary application unique to each school.

Interview. Most schools interview applicant finalists.  For help preparing for interviews, visit our Interview Preparation page.