Four-Year Action Plan

Freshmen year

  • Attend “Intro to Veterinary Professions” workshop and social
    • Meet with pre-vet advisor/learn pre-vet requirements
    • Talk to pre-vet upperclassmen to get a reality check
  • Think about a major and minor courses of study
    • Review veterinary school admission requirements and develop a pre-vet course of study
    • Plan a tentative schedule for the next 3 1/2 years
    • Apply to the Honors Program or Honors-in-Major Program (if desired)
  • Develop study skills
    • Maintain excellent GPA (>3.5!)
    • Get GRE or MCAT Student Manual
  • Attend “The University Day Campus Picnic and Student Activities Fair”
    • Begin extracurricular activities
    • Participate in pre-vet club
  • Work/volunteer/shadow in veterinary, medical and/or animal industry/biotechnology
    • University
    • Regional veterinary practices
    • Consider what you will do this summer
  • Subscribe
    • To veterinary and/or medical journals
      • JAVMA, NEJM, Nature, Science, etc
    • Read interesting books about health, medicine and veterinary medicine
      • Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. By: Eric Chivian, Aaron Bernstein
      • Get Into Veterinary School: Insights by an Admissions Expert - For U.S. and Canadian High School, College and Returning Adult Students. By: Joseph M. Piekunka
      • Vetting: The Making of a Veterinarian. By: Dr. Pete Freyburger
      • All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice. By: Jeff Wells
      • A Brief History of Disease, Science and Medicine. By: Michael T. Kennedy MD
      • Veterinary Medicine: An Illustrated History. By: Robert H Dunlop, David J. Williams

Sophomore year

  • Continue to:
    • Work/volunteer/shadow in veterinary and medical field
    • Meet with pre-vet advisor to discuss your program
    • Fine-tune your college schedule
    • Read interesting books and journals in the veterinary and medical fields
    • Maintain excellent GPA
  • Plan for any special junior-year program (e.g., Study Abroad, National Exchange, Honors, UROP, IROP, etc.)
    • Consider participating in research
    • Consider what you will do this summer
  • Study for GRE/MCAT (summer before junior year if you will take the exam early)
    • Apply for GRE/MCAT (if you will take it early)
    • Check veterinary schools' entry requirements and average GRE/MCAT scores to see if you should retake the exam

Junior year

  • GRE/MCAT
    • Study for GRE/MCAT (if not yet taken)
    • Apply for GRE/MCAT (if not yet taken)
    • Take GRE/MCAT:
      • August before junior year ???
      • April of junior year
      • August after junior year
      • Scores must be reported to veterinary schools by application deadlines – allow at least three weeks for scoring and reporting!
  • Continue to:
    • Work/volunteer/shadow in veterinary and medical field
    • Meet with pre-vet adviser to discuss your program
    • Fine-tune your college schedule
    • Read interesting books and journals in the veterinary and medical fields
    • Maintain excellent GPA
  • Gather information about veterinary schools
    • Go to Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website (aavmc.org) for links to specific schools
      • Start to narrow down list of schools to which you plan to apply and make sure you have taken courses required by each school
    • Get applications through Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Application Service (VMCAS) - Applications are available June 1st
    • Check individual school admissions websites for supplemental applications
    • Begin preparing VMCAS essays
    • Request reference letters
    • Obtain/send/review transcripts
    • Apply for Early Acceptance Program (optional; see details for specific veterinary schools)
  • Visit nearby schools in which you are interested
  • Consider what you will do this summer

Senior year

  • Continue to:
    • Work/volunteer/shadow in veterinary and medical field
    • Meet with pre-vet adviser to discuss your program
    • Fine-tune your college schedule
    • Read interesting books and journals in the medical and veterinary field
    • Maintain excellent GPA
  • Take GRE/MCAT in August to improve scores or if not yet taken
  • Apply to Veterinary School
    • VMCAS Applications are due October 1st
    • Complete supplemental applications (See specific requirements for veterinary schools) and confirm that schools have received your application materials & letters
  • Interview at veterinary schools (typically scheduled for Jan-March)
    • Complete financial aid forms
      • Graduate and Professional School Financial Aid Service (GAPSFAS)
      • Look for local, state, national scholarships and awards
      • NH Postsecondary Education Commission Award: currently Tufts and Cornell Universities
    • If wait-listed, send letter confirming interest
  • Consider what you will do this summer (keep options open)
  • ACCEPT OFFER (Generally May 15)
  • Consider and/or accept additional offers; withdraw previous acceptances
  • Thanks:
    • Write to thank references and tell them of your success
    • Thank prevet adviser for all of his/her help with lavish gifts