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Getting Real: Oct. 2 VMCAS Deadline Approaching

The "recommended" deadline for submitting applications for veterinary medical school for the VMCAS 2015 cycle has passed and now the official deadline is fast approaching. The penalty-free, suggested deadline of Sept. 2  was designed to encourage early submission and ease the bottleneck of processing late applications. Last year, nearly 50 percent of VMCAS applicants submitted by the recommended date. Now that the recommended date has come and gone, the official deadline of 1 p.m. Eastern Time on October 2, 2015 is only two weeks away. There is still time to successfully complete the application process and hit the submit button, but the October deadline has requirements of its own. Applicants must: submit the VMCAS application; pay the application fee; have a minimum of three evaluations; and have all official transcripts submitted to VMCAS before the 1 p.m. Eastern Time deadline. If you plan to apply, please be sure to review the checklist at the bottom of the VMCAS page, which summarizes the required steps in the application process--a process that will launch approximately 2,800 successful applicants on a path that will eventually lead to rewarding careers in veterinary medicine. Access the application and checklist here.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Research and More

Many veterinary medical students choose to enrich their professional education with meaningful summer work experiences. Those include summer research programs that teach them about the process and rigors of biomedical research and help illuminate new frontiers in human and veterinary medicine. Here are a few examples from this past summer:
Peter Czajkowski, a member of the class of 2017 at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, is among a new breed of budding veterinary research scientists.  Czajkowski spent his summer studying, "High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Mediated Thrombolysis in combination with Echogenic Liposomes," which focuses on alternative methods to treat thrombolysis or how to effectively break down blood clots in patients--animal or human. He was part of OSU's summer research program in which 10-15 first and second year veterinary students complete a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor.  See his story below.

CVHS Summer Research Training Program Success
Rachael Gortowski, a third-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University (K-State), spent her summer working on an African swine fever project at a biosafety-level 3 agricultural research center managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more
Janet Gomez, a fourth-year DVM student at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, spent nine weeks investigating amoeba-related diseases in humans and animals. Learn more.
Army Veterinarian-to-Be Ready to Help Nation's Four-Legged Defenders
Michael White
Former investment banker Michael White is now on track to start a career focused on service to our nation's military dogs, including the pets of those who serve in the military and military working dogs. He plans to graduate in May 2015 from K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine and serve military dogs as a member of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Previously, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and Spanish literature from the University of Virginia, building a successful career in investment banking in Charlotte, North Carolina. But after two years into the job, he wanted a change and saw veterinary medicine as a more fulfilling career. Now, he's about to care for the more than 2,500 dogs who serve our nation in search and rescue, border patrol and deploying with soldiers. Learn more.

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