Advising Timeline for Pre-Veterinary Students

The following represents a typical academic timeline for students who would like to matriculate into professional school immediately following their completion of undergraduate coursework. If you are planning on deferring entrance into professional school, please let us know so that we can create a timeline that works with your goals.

As a freshman:

  • Contact the Health Professions Office and set up an appointment with an advisor
  • Take introductory courses in chemistry and biology
  • Start to collect letters of recommendation from professors of freshman year courses
  • Join the Pre-Health Club and actively participate in meetings and community service initiatives
  • Start to build your application with a track record of involvement; look into summer internships, shadowing experiences, etc.

As a sophomore:

  • Continue to meet with the Health Professions Advisor
  • Continue to take courses in biology, chemistry and physics
  • Continue to collect letters of recommendation from professors
  • Continue to be actively involved in the Pre-Health Club
  • Look into test preparation and test review (programs require either the GRE, or MCAT)
  • Continue to build your application with community service, health-care related experiences and internships

As a junior:

  • Continue to meet with the Health Professions Advisor
  • Study for and take the GRE//MCAT depending on which programs you are applying to
  • Meet with the Health Professions Committee
  • Start on 1st drafts of applications to veterinary schools
  • Continue activities with the Pre-Health Club
  • By  spring semester of junior year students should at a minimum have completed the following courses:   (Check here for specific courses)          
          • 2 semesters of General Chemistry
          • 2 semesters of Biology
          • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry and 2 semesters of Physics
          • 1 semester of Calculus
          • 1 semester of Biochemistry

Summer between junior and senior year:

  • Complete VMCAS application and any school-specific supplements
  • Retake the GRE/MCAT if necessary

As a senior:

  • Veterinary school interviews
  • Finish up prerequisite courses
  • Meet with Pre-Health Advisor
  • Continue activities with Pre-Health Club

Please stop by the Health Professions Office for more information about specific veterinary programs.  Please visit Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges ( for more information.

Veterinary Medical College Application Service
The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) coordinates all veterinary medical college applications in the US, 9 departments of veterinary science, 7 departments of comparative medicine, 3 other medical education institutions, and 7 international veterinary medical colleges.

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) allows students to submit one application via the web to participating veterinary colleges throughout the United States. Currently, all veterinary colleges rely on VMCAS as a way of processing the high volume of applications.

VMCAS assembles the student’s application file, verifies the information, and then forwards the application to the veterinary schools of the student’s choice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact veterinary schools that they’ve applied to through VMCAS to see if there are any supplements or additional materials needed.

Application deadlines are set by individual veterinary schools and not by VMCAS. Applicants should check the websites of the schools they applied to for application deadlines.

For more information about VMCAS please visit this site