Updated July 2, 2020

Updated Admissions Policies in Response to COVID-19

The AAVMC has gathered comprehensive data from institutions on provisional changes made to their admission policies because of the pandemic. The changes noted are effective for Spring 2020 coursework impacted by COVID-19 and prerequisites for Fall 2021 matriculation. Please be aware that requirements noted in the PDF may vary from information contained in the VMSAR 2020 edition for 2021 enrollment. Please click here or on the image below to download the PDF, as of July 2, 2020.


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Updated May 1, 2020


Updated Veterinary Medical School Admissions Policies in Response to COVID-19

AAVMC has gathered data from institutions on updates to their admission policies, including those related to prerequisite courses that were transitioned to an online or pass/fail format, along with other requirements (i.e. GRE, online labs, etc.). Changes to requirements noted are effective for Spring 2020 coursework impacted by COVID-19 and prerequisites for Fall 2021 matriculation. Please be aware that requirements noted in the PDF may vary from information contained in the VMSAR 2020 edition for 2021 enrollment. This resource will be updated in real-time as we receive new information from the colleges of veterinary medicine.

Updated April 30, 2020

VMCAS Application - COVID-19 Transcript Hardship

Effective immediately, the VMCAS 2021 application will include a “COVID-19 Transcript Hardships” option that enables applicants to upload unofficial transcripts. This measure has been introduced to allow applications to move through the verification process without institutional delays that may result from the pandemic emergency. Students must first reach out to their schools to confirm the availability of an official transcript. If the school can send an official transcript then the student will not need to pursue the exception process. If the school is unable to send an official transcript, then the student can follow the exception process. Once students are able to obtain an official transcript, they should obtain it and submit it to VMCAS. This option is only in effect during the VMCAS 2021 application cycle.


Veterinary Medical Schools Update Admissions Policies in Response to COVID-19

The AAVMC and its member institutions recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the application and admission process. AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe has shared a letter with applicants which summarizes many of the steps the AAVMC has taken to make the process function more smoothly during the pandemic emergency. View letter here.

Updated April 24, 2020

COVID-19 and Federal Action on Student Loans

The federal government has undertaken a number of measures to help the nation deal with the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Several important actions have been taken that affect student loans. The Veterinary Debt Initiative has two resources specific to COVID-19 legislation. Please click here here to see a summary document and here for an in-depth video discussion on the impact of COVID-19 legislation for federal student loan borrowers and students.


Updated March 26, 2020

ARC Continuing to Monitor VMCAS Process

The AAVMC’s Admissions and Recruitment Committee (ARC) is continuing to monitor and assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency on the VMCAS application cycle and all normal protocols and systems remain in effect. Applicants are reminded that ARC’s standard operating procedures include an appeals process regarding any established deadline. Click here to access an on-line submission form for the appeals process.

Updated March 20, 2020

VMCAS Application Service and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The AAVMC’s Veterinary Medical Centralized Application Services (VMCAS) is fully operational and has not yet been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage applicants to check this site for any new information regarding potential impact.

  • The 2020-21 AAVMC VMCAS application cycle is open and accepting applications.
  • All previously established deadlines remain in effect.
  • All systems are functional and on schedule.
  • Applicants can Click here for COVID-19 updates and FAQs related to applications.