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.
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.
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.
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 explanations of interruptions in your studies or experiences, unique circumstances you faced, or reasons for decisions you made.
This section is limited to 2,000 characters (including spaces). Do not use this section to continue an essay that exceeded the character limit.
Select your answers to any additional questions. Answering these questions helps programs gather information to develop future recruitment strategies.
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).
The following three essay questions are required for the VMCAS application. Note that individual programs may require additional essays and/or short answer questions.
- There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals and why? (2,000 character limit)
- In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute? (2,000 character limit)
- Consider the breadth of society which veterinarians serve. What attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past? (2,000 character limit)
- Keep your topic general: Follow the prompt in this section to write your statement. Keep the statement general as this essay is sent to all the programs you apply to. If you plan to only apply to one program, we still strongly recommend keeping your statement general in case you later apply to additional programs. Once you submit your application, the essay cannot be edited or changed.
- Do not exceed the maximum length: Refer to the number below the field in the application. This is the number of characters (not words) that you can use in your essay. As you type, you can see how many characters are still available. Characters include spaces, carriage returns, and punctuation. You cannot save your essay if it exceeds the character limit.
- Use your own words: Plagiarizing any part of your essay is a violation of the code of conduct and may subject you to sanctions.
- Use simple formatting: Formatting such as tabs, italics, multiple spaces, etc., will not be saved. To delineate paragraphs, type a double return between each paragraph.
Be sure to read over your essay several times to catch any spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., errors before submitting. Once you submit your application, you cannot edit your essay. If you find an error after submission that you believe could have major effects on your application, we recommend sending a corrected copy directly to the programs you applied to.