Washington, D.C., June 11, 2013 –The Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Ariz. has become the 29th U.S. college or school of veterinary medicine to become a member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).
Veterinary colleges and schools must be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) to become voting members of the AAVMC. As a benefit of membership, Midwestern will join the 36 schools that use the AAVMC’s centralized Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).
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 34 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, three veterinary medical education institutions, eleven international colleges of veterinary medicine, and two affiliate international colleges of veterinary medicine.
“The AAVMC welcomes the Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine to our association and we look forward to providing them with the many benefits associated with our portfolio of member services,” said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe. “Recent upgrades have made our VMCAS program an even more efficient centralized application service. We also support our members through the generation and dissemination of data concerning academic veterinary medicine, advocacy programs designed to foster progress and success, and by organizing meetings and symposia that focus on important issues facing our profession.”
Aspiring veterinary medical students use the AAVMC’s application service to apply to most veterinary medical schools that are accredited by the AVMA, including 26 U.S. schools, two schools in Canada, and eight international schools.
VMCAS collects, processes, and submits application materials to the veterinary medical schools and responds to inquiries about the application process from applicants, advisors, parents, and schools. The system also has electronic evaluation and submission capability and serves as a social media hub via Facebook where applicants can ask questions, interact, and obtain updates.
The VMCAS application cycle for prospective students seeking admission to veterinary college during fall 2014 began June 5.
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