TO: All VMCAS 2018 Applicants
FROM: The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
RE:Extension of the VMCAS 2018 Application Deadline
DATE:September 13, 2017
The AAVMC’s Admissions & Recruitment Committee (ARC) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), have made a decision to extend the VMCAS 2018 Application Deadline to Friday, September 29, 2017, @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time for all applicants.
The decision to extend the deadline was made because Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have posed significant obstacles for VMCAS applicants throughout the southeastern United States, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Many applicants were forced to evacuate their homes and/or are without electricity. Colleges and universities have been closed and the US Postal Service has ceased mail delivery indefinitely in many of the affected areas.
As a result, these circumstances have placed burdens on our applicants which are outside of their control. Delivery of official transcripts as well as the submission of electronic letters of recommendations (eLORs) may be delayed. Thus, we feel that it is necessary to extend the deadline so that applicants have the time they need to submit all required documentation.
Please note that VMCAS applications should be submitted as soon as they are completed regardless of whether VMCAS has received eLORs or transcripts. This will help to expedite your application verification. Do not wait for receipt of either of these documents!
This deadline extension shortens the time that schools will have to review applications. Therefore, it is important that you make every effort to submit your VMCAS application as soon as possible despite this deadline extension.
Should you have any questions about this deadline extension, please contact VMCAS at: 617-612-2884 or email: email@example.com.
We hope that all applicants and their families are safe and that those of you who are facing recovery are able to do so quickly.
Thank you, on behalf of the AAVMC and the Admissions & Recruitment Committee,
Director, Admissions & Recruitment Affairs (AAVMC)
Director, the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)