Application requirements and procedures vary considerably between colleges of veterinary medicine. Be sure to check the requirements of the schools that interest you carefully. Following are some generalizations.
VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service) is the official application service for colleges of veterinary medicine. 24 /27 schools in the U.S. require applicants to apply through VMCAS. VMCAS is associated with the AAVMC (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges).
For questions about VMCAS applications:
First contact your local pre-health advisor
At the University of South Alabama, this is Dr. Cindy Stanfield
5721 USA Dr. N.
You may also contact AAVMC
The VMCAS application is available on-line.
The application deadlines vary between colleges.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be sent to VMCAS.
Dates of exams can be found at their individual web sites.
To find out what exam(s) is required by a certain veterinary school and when the deadline is to complete the exam, go here.
Official transcripts should be sent directly to the veterinary school of interest.
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Making a career choice is an important and difficult decision. Making the decision to become an veterinarian requires a commitment of time and money. It is important that you evaluate what the career entails. You should answer the following and other questions on becoming and being a veterinarian:
What is it like to be a veterinarian?
Do you have the perseverance to complete 4 years of undergraduate training and 4 years of veterinary school?
Once you decide you want to go to veterinary school, you have more decisions to make on how to get there. You will enroll in an undergraduate program (which can be any major, it does not have to be a science). In addition to satisfying your degree requirements, you will also have to take the required pre-veterinary medicine curriculum. You must decide to take your coursework seriously, from the first semester of your freshman year. You must participate in other activities that make you a better candidate for veterinary school, such as working with a veterinarian, philanthropic activities, and holding office in clubs/organizations. You will be competing with many outstanding students, and you must stand out among the crowd to be accepted.
If and when you decide to go to veterinary school, find a good resource for information on the requirements and deadlines. Be organized! Start thinking about how you can finance your education. Decide to which veterinary schools you will apply. Decision-making factors include geographical location, tuition, requirements for admission, curriculum, and faculty.
There is help available. Speak with your pre-health advisor and other faculty members. Speak with veterinarians.
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Major- Choose a major in an area that interests you. You do not have to be a science major to go to osteopathic medical school. However, you must complete certain course requirements. Most osteopathic medical schools require the same courses as allopathic medical schools, listed below:
1 year of physics with lab
1 year of general chemistry with lab
1 year of organic chemistry with lab
1 year of biology with lab
1 year of english
Requirements do vary between schools. Many schools require biochemistry and genetics in addition .Schools of Veterinary Medicine in the U.S. and Canada
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
CANADIAN VETERINARY SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
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