University of Wisconsin–Madison

Application Process

Application Timeline

Below is a rough timeline for preparing your application.  Click on the arrows for more information. We have also prepared a guide for completing the VMCAS.


Fall before 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


Spring before you apply


Study for the GRE

Veterinary programs require the GRE. To hear how other students have prepared, visit our exam tips page.

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.


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