How To Prepare

High school

Even during high school, you can begin laying the groundwork for admission to veterinary school.

  • Your high school program should include college preparatory courses with as much emphasis on science and math as possible.
  • As early as possible, get experiences with animals. If you have a family veterinarian, ask if you can volunteer at the animal hospital. You will want to consider the realities of the profession.

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College: Choosing a major

All veterinary programs have a set of undergraduate courses and requirements you must successfully complete in order to qualify for admission.

  • The required courses and a proficiency in the sciences are essential to understanding veterinary medicine, but concentration in the sciences is not necessary for admission. For this program, these courses can be taken at any regionally accredited college or university.
  • Suggested electives to include in your undergraduate program include Cell Biology, Comparative Anatomy, Genetics, Microbiology, Nutrition and Physiology.

Academic preparation

Students seeking admission to the DVM Program at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine must show evidence of intellectual ability and achievement, as well as personal preparedness for the program.

  • Prior to entering the program, applicants must have completed 60 semester hours.
  • Applicants must complete the required prerequisite courses for this program.
  • The majority of applicants apply during the fall of their junior year in college. It is not necessary to have completed a bachelor's degree before applying. However, most students will have completed three or more years at an accredited university by the time of matriculation.

View the full details on DVM Program admission requirements.

VMCAS Webinar Series

VMCAS offers webinar series specifically targeted to the following groups:

  • For Applicants: "VMCAS 2017 Workshops" to provide live application support for the applicants in the 2017 VMCAS cycle.
  • For Advisors: "Advising the Veterinary Student" to give advisors assistance working with applicants during the VMCAS cycle.
  • For Pre-Vet Students: "The Road to Veterinary School" to help undergraduate students prepare for the application cycle.
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