There are 33 veterinary schools in the United States and each school sets its requirements for coursework. Students need to check with each program for admission requirements for the recommended list of coursework.
Each of the following sciences is generally required:
Most programs require experience hours for admission – check with each program regarding the specific requirements.
Students will need to have strong communication skills for this field.
Only 8 of the 33 veterinary schools require the GRE. Some veterinary schools also require the BIO GRE. Some schools may use the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) instead of the GRE.
There are currently 16 veterinary schools that require students to complete the CASPer Test. CASPer is a situational judgment test used to assess soft skills and the personal characteristics necessary for students to be successful in a graduate veterinary program.
When should I take the GRE?
Students should take the GRE when they feel ready. Generally, the GRE is taken during your junior year of college. Scores need to be back in time to meet the Veterinary College Application Service (VMCAS) deadline.
Create a study plan for the GRE:
Step 1: Gather Information about GRE
Step 2: Take a practice test
Step 3: Gather study materials
Step 4: Make a study calendar
Step 5: Study!
Step 6: Prepare for test day
How many times should I take the GRE?
Ideally, you should take the GRE when you are prepared. Students may decide to re-test to improve their score. Check with the individual program to see how they will consider your scores for admission.
How long are GRE scores valid?
GRE scores are valid for up to five years from your test date. Students should verify with each program if they will need newer scores.
Is the exam expensive?
The GRE costs $205.
The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application launches on January 20, 2022.
On May 12, 2022, students will select schools, complete the school-specific information, and submit applications.
Important application dates can be found here.
There is one deadline for all the schools participating in VMCAS. There are no exceptions given if students miss the deadline.
All the veterinary schools in the United States (except for the two in Texas) participate in the VMCAS.
There are five Canadian veterinary schools, and three participate in VMCAS.
There are 16 international veterinary schools and 11 participate in the VMCAS.
Students should attempt to have their applications completed early. This will allow applicants time to make corrections if there are errors in the application.
The cost to apply is $220 for the 1st application and $120 for each additional application. VMCAS does offer a fee assistance program to help with the cost of applying to veterinary school, which will be available in June 2022.