Congratulations on your decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine! Below is information that will assist you as you embark on the process of applying to veterinary medical school.
Research schools and attend information events
- Utilize the Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirement (VMSAR) school directory
- Review the Prerequisite chart and general information chart for veterinary medical schools
- Research cost of schools using the AAVMC Cost Comparison Tool
- Attend informational webinars and events to help you understand how to prepare and apply
Work with an Advisor
- Work with a pre-health or pre-vet advisor at your undergraduate institution.
- Advisors can help you navigate the journey of becoming a competitive applicant and the application process.
- Pre-health advisors provide you with guidance about your different options, so you are able to make informed decisions.
- Gain animal experience by job shadowing, working on a farm or volunteering at an animal shelter
- Gain veterinary clinical experience under the direct supervision of a veterinarian
- Seek opportunities for research experience (animal and veterinary research as well as other field and/or laboratory-based research).
AAVMC Statement on Veterinary Experience Hours
Most U.S. veterinary schools require applicants to gain veterinary experience before applying for admission. These experiences will help you learn about the profession you wish to enter and will inform your decision to apply to veterinary school. There are many types of opportunities available, both paid and volunteer. Whatever you decide to pursue, your duties should be at an appropriate level that matches your skills and certifications. Each state/jurisdiction/country has its own regulations regarding the practice of veterinary medicine. You should review and discuss these with your supervisor to ensure that what you are expected to do falls within the appropriate scope of practice. If at any time, you are uncomfortable with what you are being asked to do, you should talk to your supervisor, as it is illegal for individuals to practice veterinary medicine without a license. More information, including legal consequences, can be found at the American Veterinary Medical Association website and “Sanctions for unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine.” [American Veterinary Medical Association, 2019] Please be aware that this applies not only to experiences within the U.S. but also to other countries and includes abroad programs organized for people who would like international experiences.