General Application Instructions

VMCAS STRONGLY recommends that you get S.E.T. for verification by August 15th!

S.E.T. stands for

Submission – Have your application E-submitted and paid for

Evaluations – Have all three of your required completed evaluations

Transcripts – Have all (U.S. and English Speaking Canadian) transcripts posted to your application

Because verification can take as many as four weeks, if you are S.E.T. by August 15th your application has the best chance of being verified before the September 15th deadline!


The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is a centralized application service sponsored by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Applicants use VMCAS to apply to most of the AVMA/COE accredited colleges in the United States and abroad.

VMCAS collects, processes, and delivers application materials to veterinary colleges designated by the applicant, and responds to applicant inquiries about the application service. This service is the data collection, processing, and distribution component of the veterinary admissions process for colleges participating in VMCAS.  VMCAS, however, does not take part in the admissions selection or advising processes.

Twenty-nine (29) of the thirty (30) U.S. veterinary institutions participate in VMCAS, along with two (2) Canadian, two (2) Scottish, one (1) English, one (1) Irish, one (1) Australian, one (1) New Zealand  and one (1) Carribean veterinary institution.  Application material deadlines, prerequisite courses, and other aspects of the admissions process differ from school to school. Applicants are responsible for being informed of all instructions provided by VMCAS and the associated member colleges. Questions about using VMCAS should be directed to the VMCAS Student and Advisor Hotline via phone (617) 612-2884 or e-mail (

General Instructions

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) makes every attempt to provide you with pertinent information about how to complete the VMCAS application. Rarely, schools will make changes to requirements throughout the application cycle. Please be sure to watch the VMCAS website ( and Look into the College Descriptor Pages ( for important information throughout the admissions cycle.

VMCAS supports the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. The application uses Cookies, JavaScript and Pop-up windows, so please be sure all are enabled within your browser. The default setting is “on” so it is unlikely that you will need to make any changes.

Browser vendors recommend users stay up to date on the latest version of the browsers and we recommend the same for the optimal application experience. If you experience an issue using VMCAS , please contact our Customer Support team for assistance.

It is recommended that the browser window be maximized to take up the entire screen.

PLEASE NOTE: The application may not be accessible to people with certain disabilities. If a disability prevents you from accessing the web application, please contact VMCAS at 617-612-2075 or email

Application Cycle Timeline
  • VMCAS goes live: May 13th, 2014 at 1:00pm Eastern Time
  • Get S.E.T. for Verification Date: August 15th, 2015
  • VMCAS Application Deadline: Tuesday September 15th, 2015 11:59pm Eastern Time
  • AAVMC Acceptance Deadline: April 15th, 2016
Important website links




TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

VMCAS STRONGLY recommends you e-submit your application and have all transcripts and references received by August 15th, 2015 in order to allow time for the verification process.

Every year, VMCAS comes across applicants that wait until the last minute to submit their application. Statistics show that most applicants last year applied within the final two weeks of the cycle. NOTE: You should allow 10-15 minutes after hitting the e-submit button to complete the payment portion of the application.

VMCAS and the Veterinary schools recommend that you submit your application to VMCAS EARLY!! Applying before the last two weeks leading up to the deadline will help you avoid any unforeseen circumstances that may cause delays when completing the Web application. This may include: web congestion, internet service provider problems, or credit card challenges. Waiting until the final weeks of the cycle increases the risk of these issues and may prevent you from successfully submitting your application on time. This could cause you to have to wait another year to apply to veterinary school.

VMCAS rarely approves deadline extensions and the appeal process through the Admissions Committee can be quite lengthy. Please note that you can submit your completed application, including your three registered evaluators, to VMCAS prior to your evaluators submitting their eLORs. VMCAS and the Veterinary schools strongly recommend that you take this warning seriously. All time is Eastern Daylight Time and is determined by the clock on the application server. Server time is set by the official atomic clock at It is your responsibility to meet the application deadline.