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VMCAS 2015 Enhancements Include Re-Application Function

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) begins accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year on June 5. If you applied last year, VMCAS is making it easier for you to reapply with a new, reapplication function that retrieves basic, student-submitted information, such as coursework. Letters of reference, transcripts, and experience hours will not roll over. Pertinent information from last year's saved applications will be retrievable even if the application was not submitted. The application asks for a significant amount of information and it can take several hours to complete, but you can always save information and return to the application later. The VMCAS page, which includes a link to the application, will serve as your hub of information during the application cycle, with a checklist and other important information, so check back frequently for updates.
The VetSchool Engagement System (VSES) Provides Targeted Information

If you're interested in a veterinary medical career, advise students with veterinary medical career interests, or are the parent of a prospective veterinarian, the VetSchool Student Engagement System (VSES) provides targeted information based on your current status. For example, VSES-subscribed high school students will receive general information on preparing early for veterinary school, advisors will receive the "VetSchool Advisor" newsletter, and pre-vet students will receive information on applying to veterinary school. You can also easily change your status (for example, from junior to senior) in order to receive communications that are specifically targeted to where you are in the process, and you can unsubscribe at any time. "We want to connect with prospective veterinarians early on and provide specific, level-appropriate guidance," said Tony Wynne, the AAVMC's director of admissions and recruitment. Learn more and subscribe.
New AAVMC Brochure Outlines the Path to a Veterinary Medical Career
Click the image above to learn more about becoming a veterinarian in the AAVMC's new career brochure.
Veterinary medicine is a well-respected profession because veterinarians make significant contributions to improving the health and wellbeing of the animals and people they serve. Veterinarians practice medicine that alleviates suffering, contributes to groundbreaking medical advancements, protects the environment, and makes the world a better, healthier place.
Learn more in a new career brochure from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Contact the AAVMC at info@aavmc.org to request brochure copies. 
Participate in VMCAS Testing and Get a Sneak Peek at the New Application

Testing of the new VMCAS application will take place May 5 - 16. VMCAS needs test volunteers who can try out the new application by entering data in order to check for any systematic problems such as error messages, freeze points, or other potential problems. "Testing serves two purposes," said Tony Wynne, the AAVMC's director of admissions and recruitment. "It alerts us to any potential problems that we can correct in order to make the official roll-out as smooth and glitch-free as possible, and it also provides volunteers with a sneak peek at the new application." It is important to note that VMCAS will delete all test information at the completion of the test. Sign up to be a testing volunteer.
Veterinary Medical Career Fair Draws Prospective Veterinarians

More than 250 students attended the AAVMC's Career Fair. Click on the photo to access a Career Fair photo gallery.
"Veterinary medicine will give you the keys to a job anywhere in the world," Dr. Jason Johnson, medical director of the Large Animal Teaching and Research Center at Lincoln Memorial University's College of Veterinary Medicine, told student participants in the AAVMC's Career Fair and Information Sessions in March. More than 250 students with an interest in veterinary medicine attended.
Learn more.
Taking Care of a Tiger is All in a Day's Work for LSU Professor
 Professor Dr. David G. Baker's multifaceted job includes taking care of LSU's live mascot.
A recent "How I Got This Job" blog in the Chronicle of Higher Education featured Dr. David G. Baker, an administrator, a professor, and the primary caretaker of possibly the most prominent figure at Louisiana State University - LSU's live mascot Mike VI, a 450-pound Bengal-Siberian Tiger.
It's a multifaceted job that includes overseeing the School of Veterinary Medicine's Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, teaching in 10 courses, and conducting research. Learn more.

Did You Know ...?

According to a statistical analysis of veterinary medical school applications, applicants who start their VMCAS application but do not complete it typically have low confidence about their preparation for vet school. This  group very often fails to visit their pre-vet/pre-health advisor in advance of attempting the application. To help ensure successful completion of your VMCAS application, please be sure and consult with a pre-vet or pre-health advisor. If you have no pre-vet or pre-health advisor at your school, please contact the AAVMC at admissions@aavmc.org.
Important Dates to Remember
  • June 5: VMCAS launches and begins accepting applications
  • September 2: Get S.E.T. - Recommended date for Submission, Evaluations, and Transcript (SET)  
  • October 2, 1 p.m. EST: VMCAS deadline for submission of applications 
  • April 15: Date students should accept offers of admission 

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