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Language Proficiency

Select your first 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.

Academic Infraction

Indicate whether you have ever been disciplined or placed on academic probation while attending an academic institution. If you select Yes, enter a brief explanation in the field provided. Include:

  1. A brief description of the incident
  2. Specific charge made
  3. Related dates
  4. Consequence
  5. A reflection on the incident and how the incident has impacted your life.

Additional Information

Enter your GPA from the college or university where you will earn (or have earned) your first bachelor’s degree.

Education Interrupted

Indicate if your education or employment has ever been interrupted or adversely affected for reasons other than deficiencies in conduct or academic performance. If you select Yes, enter an explanation in the field provided.

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.

Contact your WICHE State Certifying Office for more information on the program or view 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.

Previous Attendance at a Professional Program

Indicate whether you previously enrolled in or attended a veterinary school, medical school, law school, or other professional degree program. Include enrollment in any post-baccalaureate veterinary preparatory program with the intent to earn a professional degree. If you select Yes, enter details about the program.

Personal Pet Experience

Select the animal(s) you have had as a personal pet.

HOSA Participation

Indicate if you participated in HOSA Future Health Professionals (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) during high school?

Pell Eligibility

Indicate if you received or were eligible for a Pell Grant.

First Generation College Student

Indicate if you are a first-generation student (i.e., neither parent/legal guardian completed college).

Background Information

Programs fully recognize the importance of diversity in their student body and in the workforce. Accordingly, programs strongly encourage applications from persons from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, and educational backgrounds and persons from groups underrepresented in the industry. Select any and all of the options in this section which you feel best apply to you. Please note that VMCAS uses this section for statistical purposes only and it in no way affects your application or financial aid eligibility.

Low Income Levels Guidelines

If applicable, use the following chart to help you determine if you come from an economically disadvantaged background.

Size of Family*

Income Level**

















For each additional person, add:


The low income level is based on 200 percent of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. It is used to determine what constitutes a low-income family for the purposes of the SDS and LDS programs.

* Size of family means the number of exemptions listed on the qualified income tax return forms. For example, a family size of 4 may include two parents and two dependents.

** Income Level refers to the adjusted gross income stated on the federal income tax return 1040.

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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