Description of the Profession
- U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook
- American Association of Veterinary Colleges
- Requirements vary by school. See school directory: http://aavmc.org/College-Specific-Requirements/College-Specific-Requirements_College-Specifications.aspx
- Course work often includes biology, chemistry, physics, English, social sciences, and humanities
Vet school directly after Messiah College:
- Required courses ideally completed by end of spring semester of junior year
- Apply during summer between junior and senior years or during senior year
- Traffic rules for VMCAS participating schools: http://aavmc.org/data/files/vmcas/vmcas2015_instructions_manual.pdf
- Traffic rules for non-VMCAS participating schools: http://www.aavmc.org/data/files/vmcas/supplemental%20application%20information.pdf
- Graduate Record Exam(GRE), revised General Test: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about
- Administered year-round at computer-based test centers. Three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Unofficial score available on test day. Official score in 10 – 15 days.
- Free GRE test prep materials: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about
- Some vet schools also accept the MCAT.
- Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS): https://portal.vmcas.org/
- Apply to non-participating schools directly through the schools.
- Regardless of application protocol, APPLY EARLY (application opens early June)!
- Overall and science GPA (check VMSAR for school specifics: http://www.aavmc.org/Publications/VMSAR.aspx)
- GRE or MCAT scores
- 3 separate letters of evaluation
- Veterinary-related experience with both large and small animals.
- Co-curricular and leadership experiences
Degree / Program Information
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) conferred after 4 years.
- Optional 1 year internship followed by 3 years of residency.