Another Solid Increase in Veterinary Medical School Applicants for 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 14, 2021 — Record numbers of applicants continue to seek admission to veterinary medical schools affiliated with the American Association of Veterinary Medical Schools (AAVMC). Following the September 29 deadline for the 2021-2122 Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) admissions cycle, a total of 10,834 qualified applications had been received by colleges and schools throughout the system. That represents a 5.5% increase over last year’s cycle, when a total of 10,273 applicants applied for admission to the class that matriculated this year.

2021-22 cycle applicants applied to an average of 5.37 different schools. The application deadline was extended to September 29 from September 15 as a result of natural disasters that temporarily shut down some academic institutions and impaired applicant ability to finalize their applications. The number of applicants seeking admission to veterinary college has been growing steadily in recent years. Factors influencing the increases remain unclear, however they may include an extended application cycle and growing awareness and appreciation for the veterinary medical profession.

Transcription verification processes will continue through October, but AAVMC officials do not expect significant variance. The AAVMC will release more specific information concerning this year’s VMCAS cycle later this year.

About the AAVMC:   The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include Council on Education (COE) accredited veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.  

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