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Key Facts

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine.

Membership and Governance

Members include accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Asia and New Zealand.

Membership by Location:

Members in the United States: 34

Members in Canada: 5

International Members (excluding Canada): 18

Institutional Members:


Collaborative Members:


Provisional Member Institutions:


Affiliate Members

Departments of Veterinary Science:

Department of Comparative Medicine:


Veterinary Medical College Application Service


Schools Using VMCAS: 44
Total DVM Programs: 46
Number of Applicants: 10,273
Number of Applications: 50.234
Average # of Schools Applied to: 4.8

Important Dates

VMCAS Launch: January 21

VMCAS Deadline: September 15

Offer Acceptances Deadline: April 15

AAVMC Programs

AAVMC programs help achieve educational excellence, recruit high-quality professionals, enhance diversity in the profession, promote One Health, advance scientific research, advocate for public support, and foster leadership.

Admissions & Recruitment

  • Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
  • Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR)
  • National Recruitment Strategy
  • Profile of Admitted Students Program
  • Student Recruitment and Annual Career Fairs

Fostering Educational Excellence

  • AAVMC Learn Program
  • Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC)
  • Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE)
  • Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE)
  • AAVMC Internship Guidelines


  • Program Support for Council on Education
  • AAVMC/AVMA Partnership


  • Annual Conference and Meeting
  • AAVMC Summer Meeting
  • Annual Deans Leadership Conference
  • Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC)
  • Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE)
  • National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS)

International Scope & Engagement

  • Council for International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME)

Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME)

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Serving Academic Veterinary Medicine
  • Print and Online Editions
  • Internationally Distributed

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Award Winning DiVersity Matters Program
  • Iverson Bell Symposium (National and Regional)
  • Patricia Lowrie Scholarship  
  • Diversity Leadership Scholarship
  • Climate Survey
  • Diversity and Inclusion on Air Podcast
  • Diversity Community Reads Book Club
  • Commission for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Veterinary Profession
  • AAVMC Conference/Symposia Diversity & Inclusion Assessment Tool
  • Intentional Organizational Diversity & Inclusion Efforts Assessment Tool

Professional Recognition Awards

  • Distinguished Veterinary Teaching Award, Presented by Zoetis
  • Excellence in Research Award
  • Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award
  • Iverson Bell Award
  • AAVMC President’s Award for Meritorious Service
  • AAVMC Communications Excellence Award
  • AAVMC Excellence in Scholarship Fundraising Award

Advocacy & Communications

  • Congressional and Executive Agency Meetings
  • Engagement with Issue & Advocacy Coalitions
  • Advocacy Summit and Congressional Reception
  • Veterinary Medicine Caucus
  • Strategic Communications Program/Stakeholder Engagement
  • AAVMC Connect

Financial Resources & Planning

  • Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program
  • Cost Comparison Tool (CCT)
  • Veterinary Debt Initiative
  • AAVMC’s Career Center
  • Veterinary Career Advisor Network (VetCAN)
  • Residency and Internship Salary Analysis and Trends

Data Gathering & Analysis

  • Comparative Data Report
  • Advocacy Survey
  • VMCAS Applicant Data
  • Collaboration with AVMA Economics Division
  • Institutional Research
  • Fulfillment of Data Requests

Wellbeing in the Academy & Profession

  • Summits and Initiatives
  • Collaboration with AVMA and Corporate Partners
  • Academic Veterinary Wellbeing Professionals (AVWP)
  • Clinician Wellbeing Initiative (Sponsored by Zoetis)
  • Accepted Students Wellbeing Course

Leadership Development Program

  • Preparing Future Leaders for Academic Veterinary Medicine
  • AAVMC Leadership Academy (Sponsored by Elanco)
  • PennVet–Wharton Executive Veterinary Leadership Program

Organizational Collaborations

  • AVMA/AAVMC Joint Committee
  • Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • Association of American Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC)
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
  • Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
  • Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
  • Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP)
  • NAM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
  • Federation of Associations of Schools in the Health Professions (FASHP)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) One Health Alliance
  • Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE)

One Health & Other Strategic Initiatives

  • International One Health Coalition
  • One Health Commission
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative
  • Gene Editing Task Force and Report
  • National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance, Research and Education

AAVMC History at a Glance

Founded in Illinois: 1966

VMCAS Launched: 1995

Incorporated in D.C.: 1997