VMCAS help

The VMCAS can be overwhelming at first. If you start early and set a schedule, filling out the application will be easier to complete.

What to do if you’re an underclassman

  • start a list of your experiences with approx hours per week and total, a short description of what you did, and who you worked with
  • organize a document with all of the classes you have taken for each semester
  • get lots of experience in a variety of areas (small, large, wildlife, research, exotics)
  • get to know a few professors and a least one veterinarian (recommendation letter)
  • focus on grades
  • take a GRE prep class/study for GRE

What to do if you’re an upperclassman

  • research your schools closely (The cube has brochures on most veterinary schools)
  • start early and create a schedule
  • take GRE (allow time to take it multiple times)
  • check deadlines
  • check requirements for courses (ex: Iowa doesn’t accept MCB 100/101)
  • get your personal statement edited with the career center
  • have a mock interview at the career center

What to remember while filling out application

What are evaluators looking for?

  • have experience working with a variety of animal species
  • be familiar with the veterinary medical profession;  be community minded and have demonstrated leadership abilities
  • be an effective communicator
  • have developed time and stress management skills
  • be sincerely motivated
  • have realistically evaluated their plans for financing their education since demands of the professional curriculum usually preclude part-time employment during school sessions

Remember Deadline!

Edit, Edit, Edit!



VMCAS links and documents




Sample Application 2014

Various Current Vet students have donated their personal statements and supplemental essay. They are located below.

Sample Univ of Illinois Supplemental

VMCAS Personal Statement Sample A

VMCAS Personal Statement Sample B

VMCAS personal Statement Sample C