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Language Proficiency

Select your native language (the language of your birth). If you speak additional languages, click Add Another Language. Then, select the language(s) and the level of your proficiency in each.

Military Status

If you have US military experience, select your anticipated status at the time of enrollment from the drop-down. Select Not a member of the military if this does not apply.

Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions

Indicate whether you've ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. Note that most programs require satisfactory background check results as a condition of acceptance. Failure to disclose and provide accurate information about prior convictions may have serious consequences, such as annulment of acceptance offers, program dismissal, or other sanctions. 

Background checks reflect all prior convictions, guilty pleas, city ordinance citations (such as public intoxication), illegal possession(s) including possession of alcohol under the legal age, payments of fines (including traffic violations), and, in some cases, prior records thought to have been expunged. Note that in some states, common traffic violations may be considered misdemeanors. 

Candidates with criminal records due to felony offenses are encouraged to be aware of the potential impact for program acceptance and future licensure. Contact the programs you wish to apply to and state licensing agencies where you hope to practice for advice if you have a felony conviction or a criminal record. If you are uncertain of the status of a charge versus a conviction on your record, or if you are uncertain as to whether your offense was an infraction, misdemeanor, or a felony, contact the city, county, or state jurisdiction where the incident occurred.

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony prior to admission and/or matriculation, it is your responsibility to immediately inform your program(s).

Answering Yes to these questions will not automatically disqualify you from admission to veterinary school.

Academic Infraction

Indicate whether you have ever been disciplined or placed on academic probation while attending an academic institution. If yes, enter an explanation in the spaces provided.

Additional Information

Select your answers to any additional questions. Answering these questions helps programs gather information to develop future recruitment strategies.

WICHE Applicants

Indicate if you are a WICHE applicant. 

WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) applicants are residents of Arizona, CNMI, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, or Wyoming who have applied for and/or received notice from the certifying office in your state/territory that you are a duly certified applicant for the Professional Student Exchange Program. Click here to contact your WICHE State Certifying Office. Click here for more information on how WICHE PSEP applicants are selected for support in veterinary medicine. 

Previous Applications

If you previously applied to any veterinary medical colleges or universities, select the year(s) you applied. Use the entering year of the fall semester when you would have enrolled. Report only applications submitted before the current VMCAS application cycle. 

First Generation College Student

Indicate if you are a first-generation student (i.e., neither parent/legal guardian completed a bachelor's degree or higher). 

Explanation Statement

Use this optional section to record information that cannot be listed elsewhere within the application, such as missing parental information or disciplinary actions that require detailed explanation. You can also use this section to provide other additional information that you consider vital to your application, such as COVID-19 impact, explanations of interruptions in your studies or experiences, unique circumstances you faced, or reasons for decisions you made. 

This section is limited to 3,000 characters (including spaces). Do not use this section to continue an essay that exceeded the character limit. 

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