The website for the AAVMC (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges) contains a wealth of information for students at different stages of the application process. Visit the site here. It helps to organize details, such as prospective vet schools, professors or veterinarians to ask for letters of recommendation, and GRE (the standardized test required for veterinary schools) dates early in your undergraduate program. If your home state does not have an accredited veterinary school, search for schools with reserved spots for contract students from your state. To minimize student debt and loans, it is worthwhile to consider these schools! When considering recommendors, most schools require a minimum of three letters sent through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). These letters should include one from a professor/advisor who can speak to your academic ability, one from a veterinarian who can speak to your clinical experience, and another of your choice. Finally, before applying, pre-vets must take the GRE. The GRE is a test divided into analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning sections. There are GRE subject tests but these are not required for your application.

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application opens in early June for each application cycle, and closes in the first days of October. It is recommended that students finish their application in the beginning of September to ensure all required documents have been received and processed by VMCAS. Students with additional questions should consider registering for a public webinar hosted by VMCAS.

In particular, the “Road to Veterinary School” is a helpful webinar for students looking to gain insight into how to prepare for applying to vet school. While this webinar is aimed at freshman and sophomore undergraduates, it provides useful information for all students interested in veterinary medicine. The slides for this webinar are below.

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