Today’s veterinarians are the only doctors that are educated to protect both animals and people. They address the health needs of every species of animal and they play a critical role in environmental protection, food safety, and public health. Veterinarians are animal lovers and understand the value of animals in our families and society.
The Application Process
What courses do I take?:
A chart of prerequisite courses is provided by the VMCAS (veterinary common application). It is the first link in the “Before Applying” section: https://www.aavmc.org/students-applicants-and-advisors/veterinary-medica...
You should check your state veterinary school’s requirements early; some courses like animal nutrition that are commonly offered at schools with an agriculture college are not offered at WashU. You may be able to schedule these courses in the summer. Check the University College listings as well; some courses that veterinary schools require, such as animal behavior, are offered there. You will also need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Where do I apply?
If you have a state school, you will apply there. If you do not have a state school check the following chart for whether your state has a contract with a veterinary school for designated spots: https://www.aavmc.org/assets/site_18/files/vmcas/geninfo.pdf
Admission to veterinary school is highly competitive. There are presently 30 AVMA Council on Education accredited colleges/schools of veterinary medicine in the United States, and five in Canada. AVMA schools are also found outside of North America. Most state schools have only a limited number of seats available for nonresident (or “at-large”) students.
Most veterinary schools require applications through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). For information about application requirements, applicant data statistics, and other admissions resources, visit their site here.
Join the AAVMC's Veterinary Student Engagement System (VSES). This email-newsletter program provides customized, targeted monthly newsletters: https://www.aavmc.org/students-applicants-and-advisors/pre-vet-student-resources and then “subscribe to VSES”