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Vet School Application Process

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There are 28 accredited vet schools in the US. State vet schools give priority to residents but do accept some non-resident applicants. All vet schools participate in the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Standardized applications, links to vet schools, and much more are available online at: Your application process begins in spring or summer at the end of the junior year if you have completed the necessary requirements. Most schools require you to take Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), and a few schools will accept the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test). The application becomes available late May or early June every year. You should apply by late summer/early fall, one year prior to the entering class to which you desire admission - the deadline for most schools is October 2nd. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well before the deadline. For admission, transcripts and test scores must be sent directly to the schools you apply for. Other information such as a resume, a personal statement, and letters of evaluation can be submitted through VMCAS.

Supplemental Applications

In addition to VMCAS, most schools require supplemental application materials and completion fees. Fees are paid directly to the individual schools when you send in the additional materials. Some vet schools which require supplemental material will first review your VMCAS application, then will notify candidates who have been selected to complete the application. Most schools now have a web-based supplemental application and require completion of supplemental materials by October 2nd. Deadlines for supplemental materials do vary, but some schools require that EVERYTHING (VMCAS, supplemental materials, all fees, transcripts, and evaluations) be in by October 2nd. Follow the instructions provided by each vet school.


Take the GRE® when you have finished the necessary coursework. It is administered throughout the year. Taking the exam by spring will enable you to apply earlier. October is the last time accepted by most schools for the following fall’s entering class. It is divided into three multiple choice sections, scored on a scale of 200-800 for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, and 0-6 for Analytical Writing. The exam may be repeated, but the best strategy is to prepare thoroughly and take it once. Some vet schools accept MCAT instead of GRE. For more information about the MCAT, please contact your preprofessional advisor. 


Letters of Evaluation

Vet schools require letters from: 1) veterinarians with whom you have worked or volunteered, 2) a science professor, and 3) an employer/supervisor. Applicants must use VMCAS’ online letter service called eLOE, available on the VMCAS web site. You need to provide evaluators’ e-mail addresses and have them submit their letters to VMCAS online. VMCAS will send your letters to the individual schools. For more information about eLOE, visit


  • Let professors know at the beginning that you would like them to keep an eye on your performance in class. It will give them a longer “observational window.” Visit their offices regularly and ask them for a letter at the end of the semester if you do well and they are agreeable.

  • A key to a good letter is the establishment of a relationship between the student and professor based on shared academic interests.

    • Ask thoughtful questions

    • Delve deeper into concepts presented in lectures

    • Share your academic and career goals

    • Ask for recommendations for additional reading

    • Inquire about their areas of interest and research

    • After you have gotten to know professors, ask about further opportunities, e.g. teaching assistantships, individual research projects, etc.


  • Ask if the professor feels capable of writing a supportive letter. If not, you should probably try someone else.

  • Remind the professor of topics, e.g. a project, a presentation, or paper done for the class; a particular interest demonstrated in the class; or, interaction you had with fellow students in the class.

  • Ask if the professor would welcome written background material. You could include a brief biographical sketch, your interests and activities, career goals, and motivation toward your intended profession. You could also include a snapshot, copy of a paper written for that class, or transcript.

  • Always give the professor ample time to write the letter - two to three weeks minimum. Follow up to make sure that your letters have been sent.

  • Send thank you notes.

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