Are you on a path to a veterinary medical career or considering one?  The goals of this new e-newsletter from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) are to provide key updates and information that can guide you, help with decision-making, and give you the tools that you need to complete a successful veterinary medical school application.   


Society holds veterinarians in high esteem because of the significant contributions they make to improving the health and well being of those they serve.   


So get started now!  In fact, if you're ready to apply to veterinary college, the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is now accepting applications.  


Learn about the application process and more in this inaugural edition of the Pre-Vet Advisor E-newsletter, created for you by the

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).  



In This Issue

Veterinary Spotlight: A Career of Choices

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service is Now Open

What Do You Need to Know About the New GRE?

Connect With Other Pre-Veterinary and Veterinary Students on Our New Forum

Get THE Book That Tells You What You Need to Know About Applying

Two New Schools Receive Accreditation

Veterinary Medicine: The Career of Options


Dr. Paige Carmichael, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of pathology at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, wants to spread the word about the varied careers available to those who obtain degrees in veterinary medicine.


"I wish I could find a way to make young people aware of all the possible career paths earlier than I did -- in high school or even elementary school," says Dr. Carmichael.  "Veterinary medicine is truly the career of options."


Carmichael's career path is a case in point. She earned her veterinary medical degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in 1994. She became board certified in veterinary anatomic pathology in 1995.


Her research focuses on ophthalmic pathology and neuropathology, subjects that first attracted her attention because of the difficulties and puzzles they presented. "They appeared to be the most challenging systems to most other pathologists. Instead of shying away from these because they were too difficult, I couldn't turn down the challenge."


As a veterinary student, Dr. Carmichael was surprised to learn how many career choices her veterinary degree could open up to her. "A veterinarian can be a general practitioner or specialize in areas such as pathology, small animal surgery, public health, or biomedical research, to name a few."


Learn more about careers in veterinary medicine. 


The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is Now Open 


The Veterinary Medical College Application Service  (VMCAS) is now accepting applications. 


VMCAS encourages applicants to start the application process as early as possible.  Be forewarned: The application asks for a significant amount of information and it can take several hours to complete, but you can always save your information and return to it later.   


This year, the VMCAS deadline for the application and evaluations is October 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern time.   

The AAVMC suggests completing the VMCAS as early as possible to avoid last minute mishaps.   

Be sure to complete the following tasks:

  • Complete and submit your VMCAS application
  • Request and have submitted a minimum of three electronic evaluations.
  • Register for and take the GRE General Test (or any other required tests)
  • Send transcripts to each veterinary school to which you apply
  • Submit all required supplemental application(s)

Failure to meet any one of these deadlines could jeopardize your application, so don't delay.  


Access the application here. 


A New GRE Test Debuts -- What Do You Need to Know?


The GRE General Test -- which includes the verbal, quantitative and analytical tests -- is changing on August 1.  Here's what you need to know.


Along with a newly revised general test, there is a totally new scoring matrix that ranges from 137-177 for the verbal and quantitative parts of the examination.  The analytical writing part of the examination will continue to use a six-point scale.   


The earliest the newly revised tests and their new scores will be reported to the schools is Nov. 1. Since this is later than some deadlines set by the veterinary colleges, it is important to either check with the colleges to which you may apply this fall or simply take the existing test by July 31.


The GRE is offering lower registration fees for applicants who take the new test by September 30.  For applicants who have already taken the existing test and wish to earn new scores, it may be a good idea to also take the new test.


The new test preparation material is online at  The only reliable test preparation software for the new tests exists at and it's not likely that any test preparation company currently has access to the new test. You can access this free test preparation software now by setting up an account at (without committing to register for either the new or existing tests).   


A test taker can take the GRE once every 60 days.  If you wish to take both the existing test and the new test this summer, you should take the existing test early in the summer to begin the 60 day waiting period before taking the next test.


The AAVMC provides information from the veterinary schools on their tests and score receipt policies here.    


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About the Pre-Vet Advisor Newsletter


Whether you're a student, advisor, pre-applicant, or just someone interested in the profession of veterinary medicine, this e-newsletter will have something vital to offer.  

Topics will include timely information on:


 --Application-related requirements,

forms and timelines


requirements, including pre-requisites, veterinary experience and testing  

--Survey results from veterinary schools regarding admissions policies and practices

--Career information, including salaries, specialties and employment outlooks

--Changes and updates to the Veterinary Medical College Application Service

--How to be a competitive DVM/VMD candidate

-- Scholarships, internships and other financial aid and career enhancing opportunities


And much more!


Join the New Forum for Pre-Vet and Veterinary Students


Last year's applicants  spoke, and we listened -- introducing the Veterinary Medical College Application Service

(VMCAS) Forum.


You've asked us for a place where you can chat with other pre-veterinary students, and current cycle applicants and it has now arrived. 


Share tips, tricks, and your stories about your road to a veterinary medical career.


Join the forum. 


Veterinary School Requirements -- Now Available Electronically


This year's edition of the Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (VMSAR) is now available from Purdue Press as both an ePUB and ePDF.


The VMSAR e-book is also available on Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Nobles' Nook, and through iTunes (just search the Applie  iBook store!)


Cost:  paperback ($21.95); electronic version ($10.99) 


Don't miss this indispensable guide to applying to veterinary medical school!


New Veterinary Schools Receive Full Accreditation


The veterinary schools

at Ross University on Saint Kitts Island and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (

in March.


This is equivalent to

the full accreditation all U.S. and Canadian veterinary schools



Note: At the time of this e-newsletter's launch, neither UNAM or Ross were members of the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).


In other news, St. George's University

was recently approved by the U.S. federal government as an eligible institution to receive federal student financial aid.  Beginning this fall, U.S. students who are eligible for federal financial aid

will be able to apply their federal funds to tuition and other fees if/when they attend St. George's.


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June 2011

Written by Joe Piekunka 

Coordinated by the AAVMC National

Recruitment Strategy Steering Committee  

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