Application Process & Timeline

Online Application: All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS) at VMCAS applications are available online May 2017 (paper applications are not available). The deadline to submit your application to VMCAS is September 15 @ 8:59p.m. PST; however, VMCAS strongly recommends that you e-submit your application and have all transcripts and letters of recommendations sent early in order to allow time for the verification process.

We will communicate with you via your UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Applicant Portal once your application has been verified by VMCAS and imported into our system. Visit the website for instructions on submitting your application and supporting documents.

Step 1:  Start your VMCAS application early. You have ample time (four months) to complete the application and submit all supporting documents by the September 15 deadline. Submit your VMCAS application online no later than September 15 at 8:59 p.m. PST.  Make sure you read all of the instructions very carefully and ensure your Letters of Recommendations (eLORS), transcripts and GRE (school code 4804) will arrive at VMCAS no later than September 15.  VMCAS will not accept late documents.

Step 2: Take the General GRE test (if you haven’t already) no later than August 31, 2017 and have your scores delivered electronically to VMCAS school code 4804 (do not use the general UC Davis school code 4834) no later than September 15. We advise that you do not wait until the last minute to take the GRE as deadline extensions are not granted. Check your VMCAS portal to make sure that your GRE scores have been received before the deadline.  If the deadline is near and you don’t see your scores posted, contact ETS and have them sent again.  You may take the GRE as many times as you wish. We will use your highest quantitative score for purposes of evaluating you for admission.  You must also take the verbal and analytical writing sections of the examination. These scores may be used in evaluating your application. The average quantitative GRE score for those applicants admitted for the fall 2017 is the 75th percentile.

Step 3:  After the September 15th deadline, we will start importing applications considered “verified” by VMCAS.  Once imported, applicants will be sent an email with instructions to set-up their Applicant Portal, complete the secondary application and pay the $60.00 processing fee.

Step 4:  The Admissions Committee will rank your application based on your GPA’s (last two years & overall science), quantitative GRE score, and letters of recommendation. Interview offers will be made based on this ranking.

Step 5:  Interview MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) and denial messages will be posted to your Applicant Portal by early November.  

Step 6:  MMIs (by invitation only) take place early December in Gladys Valley Hall at the UC Davis SVM.  Interview days will include your MMI circuit, school information presentations and tours of the facilities.   

Step 7:  Admissions Committee meets to discuss MMI results.

Step 8:  Accept and waitlist notices will be posted to Applicant Portals by the end of January.

Step 9:  Waitlisted applicants will be offered admission as accepted applicants decline their position.

Step 10:  All accepted applicants must either decline or accept admission offers by April 15.

Final step:  Start your DVM education in August

NEW VMCAS Contact Information

Student & Advisor Hotline: (617) 612-2884
VMCAS Fax: (617) 612-2051VMCAS Email Address:
VMCAS Mailing Address (Send transcripts only. The VMCAS application including VMCAS letters is submitted electronically)
VMCAS – Transcripts

P.O. Box 9126
Watertown, MA 02471

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Important Applicant Dates

May 2017: VMCAS application available online.

August 31:  Last date to take the GRE for 2017/2018 application cycle. Send scores to VMCAS school code 4804. VMCAS will accept your scores May - September 15.

September 15 @ 11:59pm EST (8:59 p.m. PST.): Application submission deadline to VMCAS. Application deadline includes all transcripts (transcripts for ALL colleges where credits were received), at least three electronic letters of recommendation including one from a veterinarian (eLors) and GRE scores (school code 4804).

September 15-October 15: After application has been “verified” by VMCAS, create Applicant Portal, complete secondary application information and pay the $60.00 processing fee.

Early November: Interview offers and denied admission notices will be posted to Applicant Portals.

Early-December: MMI Interviews at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Mid-late January: Admission and waitlist notifications posted to Applicant Portals

February 1: Deadline to submit fall 2017 transcripts for admitted students

April 17: Deadline for admitted students to accept or decline admission offers.

Mid August: School starts