Washington, D.C., May 20, 2013 – The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) begins accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year on June 5. VMCAS recently introduced some changes for this coming cycle, including transcript verification, meaning that applicants only have to send one set of transcripts to VMCAS rather than sending multiple copies to multiple schools.
“Transcript verification and other enhancements will make the application process more efficient, effective, and media friendly for applicants to veterinary medical school,” said Dr. Andrew Maccabe, executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), which operates VMCAS. “Ordering transcripts costs money, so this should save students money, time and trouble. This will benefit schools by correcting any discrepancies ahead of time, easing the transcript verification process.”
The highly detailed verification process will audit the applicant’s coursework data and compare it against official transcripts, verifying the term, session, course title, credit hours, and grades.
The verification process can take up to four weeks to complete, so VMCAS has implemented a September 1, 2013, transcript submission deadline to ensure transcript verification by October 2. All transcripts will be verified, but VMCAS does not guarantee that transcripts received after Sept. 1 will be verified in time for the application deadline.
At the same time, the AAVMC is rolling out a new admissions portal called “WebAdMIT.” This web-based application tracking and processing program will greatly improve how schools work with incoming applications. Features include built-in email, status reports, and admissions committee review modules.
Enhanced social networking includes a Twitter and an updated Facebook account for VMCAS, as well as a new Facebook page for the AAVMC.
“VMCAS encourages applicants to start the application process as early as possible,” said Maccabe. “The application asks for a significant amount of information and it can take several hours to complete, but the system enables applicants to save information and return to the application at a later time.”
The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, eight departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, 12 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and three affiliate members. On the Web: http://www.aavmc.org
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