Recommendations

 
Carefully read all instructions in the VMCAS Web application. The following tips are designed to supplement and not replace those instructions.
 
Be sure to check your designated colleges' evaluation requirements! Some schools DO NOT ACCEPT COMMITTEE or COMPOSITE recommendations. 

NOTE:  Beginning with VMCAS 2016, VMCAS no longer accepts individual letters of recommendation in paper form. They MUST be submitted electronically (eLOR).

eLOR - Electronic Letters of Recommendation

All VMCAS recommendations are to be completed electronically in the Recommendation section of the VMCAS application. Committee letters can be submitted by entering the committee chair (or their alternate) as the recommender. A committee letter only counts as one recommendation and individuals who contributed to the letter may not be used as additional recommenders.
 
ALL recommendations are due by September 15 - 11:59pm, Eastern Time.

By using eLOR:

Applicants can track the progress of their evaluations over the Internet -- no more worries about losing letters in the mail or wondering if their evaluators have responded.
Recommenders will find the eLOR portal simple to use -- filling out the recommendation form is quick, straightforward, and secure. Letters of recommendation are easily incorporated into the online form.

Recommendation requirements vary by institution; please access the Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements page and the schools' website prior to sending the VMCAS recommendation request to your recommenders for specific requirements.

Here is a quick FAQ about eLOR:

What is eLOR ?

eLOR stands for electronic Letters of Recommendation. It gives applicants and recommenders the opportunity to complete the recommendation process online. Best of all it is simple and fast.
All applicants must register their recommender’s information into the eLOR section of the web application.

How does eLOR work?

Enter your recommender’s information into the spaces provided. The recommender will then receive an email requesting them to log into the secure eLOR service and complete your recommendation. Recommenders have the option of denying your request.

Recommenders log into the eLOR system using the information provided in the email request, fill out the required sections, and submit at a time of their choosing up to the VMCAS application deadline. All recommendations must be completed by the application deadline. A comprehensive help section is provided and questions can be answered by a VMCAS professional by contacting us at vmcasinfo@vmcas.org or by calling the Student and Advisor Hotline at 617-612-2884.

Can I submit my application before the status has changed to "Completed" ? 

Yes. As long as you have registered your minimum three recommenders in the eLOR section, you will be allowed to submit your application before the recommendations have been submitted.

What is a committee recommendation letter? 

VMCAS defines a committee recommendation letter as a single recommendation letter signed by multiple recommenders. This counts as only one recommendation.
Some schools have additional policies on this type of recommendation; check with each school to which you are applying for further details. 

How do I send out electronic committee letters? 

Committee letters can be submitted by entering the committee chair (or their alternate) as the recommender. A committee letter only counts as one recommendation and individuals who contributed to the letter may not be used as additional recommenders.

Where does the recommender place my personal letter of recommendation on the electronic form? 

At the end of the electronic recommendation form, there is a free text field provided for recommenders to cut and paste their personal letter of recommendation.

My recommendation letter writer did not receive the email request. What happened? 

Assuming the email address was entered correctly, the most likely reason is that the email address that you entered has spam filtering which is blocking our messages. Have your recommender check their spam folder within a week or two of registering them. They can also disable the filter, or use a different email address.

If the recommender continues to have difficulty, please call the Student and Advisor Hotline 617-612-2884 or send an email to vmcasinfo@vmcas.org 

My recommender can't login with the username and password? What should they do now? 

  • First, make sure they are at the correct login page. It should say “VMCAS References for 2018 Enrollment” near the top of the page.
     
  • Have the recommender copy and paste the username and password directly from the email into the login screen. 
     
  • Make sure there are no extra spaces at the beginning or end of their username and password.

If the recommender continues to have difficulty, please call the Student and Advisor Hotline 617-612-2884  or send an email to vmcasinfo@vmcas.org