Hurricane Florence Updates for VMCAS 2019:

TO:                        All VMCAS 2019 Applicants
FROM:                  The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
RE:                         Extension of the VMCAS 2018 Application Deadline
DATE:                    September 14, 2018

The AAVMC’s Admissions & Recruitment Committee (ARC) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), have made a decision to extend the VMCAS 2019 Application Deadline to Friday, September 21, 2018, @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time, for all applicants.

The decision to extend the deadline was made because Hurricane Florence has posed significant obstacles for some VMCAS applicants. Many applicants were forced to evacuate their homes and/or are without electricity. Colleges and universities have been closed and the US Postal Service mail delivery may experience delays 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 recommendation (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:

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,

Tony Wynne
Director, Admissions & Recruitment Affairs (AAVMC)
Director, the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)