WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2016 – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) reports that the number of applicants to the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) rose almost six percent over last year, indicating strong interest among students in seeking careers in veterinary medicine.
During the admissions cycle leading to matriculation in Fall 2017 that closed on September 15, 2016, a total of 7,071 applicants applied to professional education programs operated by AAVMC member institutions participating in VMCAS. That’s 398 more than the 6,673 applicants that applied during last year’s cycle.
“Veterinary medicine offers an array of rewarding career opportunities in many different sectors of the profession,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Andrew T. Maccabe. “Given the ever-growing importance of the role veterinarians play in providing clinical care, promoting food security and public health, and advancing biomedical science, it’s encouraging to see this data.”
The total number of applications submitted was 34,116, compared with 30,567 that submitted last year, representing an increase of more than ten percent. During the 2016 admissions cycle, students applied to an average of 4.8 different schools, compared with 4.6 last year. All data is based upon preliminary results obtained from VMCAS.
Qualified applicants were reimbursed more than $33,000 through the VMCAS Fee Reimbursement Program, which is now in its third year of operation. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance related to the application process for students with demonstrated financial need. This year, VMCAS received 365 requests for reimbursement and 168 qualifying requests were granted.
Continued improvements designed to make the VMCAS process more effective for both applicants and institutions bore fruit, according to Director of Admissions and Recruitment Tony Wynne, who noted that the AAVMC received a number of positive comments about the quality of the process this year compared with earlier years.
The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Mexico.
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