Carefully read all instructions in the VMCAS Web application. The following tips are designed to supplement and not replace those instructions
Submit the following application materials directly to VMCAS:
Send the following materials directly to the veterinary medical colleges:
Important date to remember
October 2nd, 2013 - 1:00 PM (Eastern time): FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: Your VMCAS application, a minimum of three completed evaluations, and VMCAS fees are due.
February 1st, 2013: Official Fall Transcripts due to VMCAS
The VMCAS application consists of 13 sections with instructions. After creating an account, applicants can go back to the application to complete it at their convenience, up until the final deadline. All questions are mandatory unless otherwise noted.
Record your user name and password in a secure and easy-to-remember location. If you lose your username or password, click on the link to retrieve that information on the log-in page. Establish only one VMCAS account per year, as creating multiple accounts in a single calendar year could jeopardize your application.
VMCAS applications from previous years cannot be used for this year's admission process. VMCAS does not provide applicants with their evaluations from previous years. VMCAS will accept evaluations from a previous application cycle, but they must be resubmitted.
Completing and Submitting the Web Application.
Once you have finished all necessary sections, please review your application carefully for accuracy. Remember to print your completed application for your records before submitting it to VMCAS. You will no longer be able to print your application once it closes for the season. Applicants cannot change any information on the application after it has been submitted to VMCAS (except contact information & designations up until the deadline). If you need to change your contact information after the deadline, send this information directly to your designated colleges.
Prior to submitting payment for your application, you will be asked to read and review the "Final Reminders" section of the application. These disclaimers ensure that you fully understand the requirements and applicant responsibilities. You will also be required to review the "Application Certification" which states that you supplied correct and accurate information on your application, and understand that providing false information or withholding pertinent information may be grounds for denial of your VMCAS application or expulsion from veterinary school if admitted.
Every year, VMCAS comes across applicants that wait until the last minute to submit their application. Statistics show that over 85% of applicants last year applied within the final two weeks of the cycle.
VMCAS and the Veterinary Schools recommend that you submit your application on or before September 1st, 2013 to allow your application time to go through the transcript verification process. This process may take up to three- four weeks. Applications that are NOT completed & verified before October 2nd, *MAY* be denied by veterinary schools.This decision is at the discretion of the individual schools you are applying to.
About eLOR: Electronic Letters of Recommendation
eLOR is a mandatory section of your VMCAS Web application. You must register your evaluators in this section. You can register a maximum of six evaluators in the eLOR system. You must register and submit at least three evaluations for your application to be considered complete and mailed to your designations. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the evaluations are done properly and on time.
By completing the evaluations electronically, applicants can track the progress of their recommendation letters over the Internet. Evaluators will find eLOR remarkably simple to use. Filling out the evaluation form using the secure system is quick and straightforward, and personal letters of recommendation can easily be incorporated into the form.
Here's How eLOR Works
Applicants enter their evaluators' information.
When you register your evaluator, an e-mail is automatically generated and sent to your evaluators containing instructions and their unique user names and passwords. The evaluators will use these to access a secure portion of the Web application and complete your evaluation.
You MUST follow up with your evaluators to verify they receive this email from VMCAS.
We recommend that you contact your evaluators in advance to make sure they are available to assist you. You should also notify them of application deadlines and the dates that evaluations are due.
Each participating VMCAS college requires a standardized test as a prerequisite for admission. Be certain to read the standardized examination and test date requirements for each college to which you are applying. Applicants must arrange to have scores from all standardized tests sent to their chosen VMCAS colleges as soon as the scores are available. If your test scores are not immediately reported, your selected college(s) may not consider your application for admission. Make sure that your identifying information (name and date of birth) is exactly the same on your test score as on your application records.
VMCAS colleges may not accept standardized test scores that are older than two to three years. VMCAS recommends that applicants take all required standardized tests prior to Fall 2013 to ensure that all institutional test deadlines are met. If a school requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, complete all three sections in the examination: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical. International applicants may also be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and/or other English proficiency tests. Please read all application instructions and contact selected institutions directly for more information about all standardized test requirements.
A note about the VCAT®: As of April 2003, The Psychological Corporation no longer administers the VCAT test. Please contact your designated school for their policy on submitting old VCAT scores.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Test of English as a Foreign Language
TOEFL/ TSE Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Graduate Record Examinations
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
All colleges of veterinary medicine (CVMs) require an official transcript for each of the institutions that you have attended. These transcripts must be sent directly to VMCAS (see Transcript Verification Page
for Mailing Information). In most instances, applicants will need to contact the registrar's office to obtain an official transcript. There may be a charge involved with ordering a copy of your transcript.
If you took classes as part of an education abroad program , you should not list the international institution on your institution list. In this case, your education abroad courses will appear on your U.S. (or Canadian) institutional transcript as regular credit. If you mistakenly list your education abroad institution in the Postsecondary Schools Attended section, VMCAS colleges may stop processing your application to wait for a separate transcript report from that institution.
If you took classes overseas that were not part of an education abroad program , the VMCAS colleges require a foreign transcript evaluation report from one of the five transcript evaluation services listed below, for each foreign institution you attended. Some CVMs may have slightly different policies on this, so we strongly encourage applicants to contact the schools for more information if their descriptor page does not provide an answer. Failure to submit the international evaluation report may halt the processing of your application and your file will be incomplete.
**NOTE: Foreign (non US & Canadian) coursework should be entered into the VMCAS application. Please see coursework section for more information.
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Fax: (305) 273-1338
Web site: http://www.jsilny.com/
World Education Services, Inc
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Fax: (212) 739-6100
Web site: http://www.wes.org/
Office of International Education Services
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
Fax: (202) 822-3940
Web site: http://www.aacrao.org
International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
Post Office Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
Phone: (310) 258-9451
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Last Updated: March/07/2013