Personal Essay

In this section, use your own words to create a brief personal essay that includes responses to the question below:

Discuss briefly the development of your interest in veterinary medicine. Discuss those unique activities that have contributed to your preparation for a professional program. Discuss your understanding of the veterinary medical profession, what you have to offer the profession to it and your career goals and objectives.

  • You have 4500 characters (including spaces and carriage returns) to answer the prompt.
  • VMCAS recommends that applicants use a word processing program and then copy and paste the essay into the text box.
  • As the character count can vary depending on your Word Processing program, please refer to the character count provided on the application.

FORMATTING: The VMCAS text box standardizes text formatting. Special characters such as bullets, bold text, italics, underlining, spacing, and indenting will NOT be retained from programs such as Microsoft Word. VMCAS highly recommends using a text editor (such as Notepad or TextEdit) to adjust the spacing in your essay. 


Please be sure to look over your essays several times for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and other errors BEFORE you e-submit your application. Once you e-submit your application, you CANNOT re-enter, update, or otherwise edit your essay or explanation statement and VMCAS staff CANNOT do so for you.

If you find an error after you submit and you believe it is major enough to effect the consideration of your application, we advise contacting your designated programs to determine whether they will accept a corrected copy sent directly to them.