Category Archives: Veterinary

VMCAS and AAVMC Webinars

Greetings from AAVMC! With the VMCAS 2018 application opening tomorrow  the annual webinar listings have been updated to include the VMCAS 2018 Application Workshop! Here is a list of our offerings:

The Road To Veterinary School

Audience: Pre-Veterinary Students; Pre-Vet & Pre-Health Advisors

Summary: learn how to prepare for the VMCAS application and find out what you should be doing during your early undergraduate career leading up to applying for veterinary school

Schedule: Monthly (May, June and July)


VMCAS 2018 Workshops

Audience: VMCAS 2018 Applicants; Pre-Vet & Pre-Health Advisors

Summary: Join VMCAS staff and ask questions about your application, troubleshoot and generally learn about the application and the entire process of applying.

Schedule: Monthly (June, July, August & September)


For more information and to register for any of these webinars, please go to:

Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

10:00AM- 4:00PM


The students, faculty, and staff of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine invite you, your family and friends to our 51st annual Open House.

Open House is our opportunity to share the joys of our profession with the community. Veterinary students and members of the faculty and staff host this annual event that provides a chance for those interested to get a closer look at veterinary medicine. We invite you to tour our college and learn more about our facilities, our equipment, and what we do everyday.

Students, faculty members, and staff will be on hand to answer your questions about a career as a veterinarian, a veterinary technician, or an animal care specialist. Careers in veterinary medicine have traditionally involved working with dogs, cats, cows, horses, sheep, and pigs. However, this rapidly growing field also provides opportunities to work in the animal health industry, government, armed forces and with many other species in zoos, wildlife refuges, and developing countries.



Further information:

Schedule of activities



Personal Essay Changes for VMCAS

Below are the important changes to know about the VMCAS 2018 Personal Essay Prompts:

  1. The existing personal statement for veterinary medicine has been retired
  2. Three new questions will be implemented for this cycle, each requiring 1,000 characters each.
  3. The prompts are as follows:
    1. There are many career choices within the veterinary profession.  What are your future career goals and why?
    2. In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?
    3. Considering the breadth of society we serve as veterinarians today; what attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?


Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Enrichment Summer Program

The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Enrichment Summer program (MSU CVM ESP) invites students to apply for this summer opportunity.  The program is suitable for students interested in veterinary medicine.

During the 3-week program, students participate in a simulated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine curriculum, clinical experiences and leadership activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor and professional program students.  The program is best suited for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate studies, although applicants with less college credit will be considered.

Application and details can be found at the link below.  Deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.  The program will start on June 4 and close on June 23.


University of Guelph Vet School in Buffalo March 15

There will be a National College Fair at the Buffalo Convention Center on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (9 a.m. – noon; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) and Thursday, March 16, 2017 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.).

The University of Guelph will have a table at this event.  This will be a great opportunity for students interested in veterinary medicine to find out more about the DVM program at the Ontario Veterinary College. They are ranked first in Canada, fourth in North America and in the top ten worldwide for veterinary science!

Guelph is the closest vet school to Buffalo, a 90 minute drive.  With the favorable exchange rate the tuition is similar to many US school rates. They are AVMA accredited and so US students can work in the US right after graduating.


VMCAS Webinars Updated

New VMCAS Webinar Schedule Posted

The webinar schedule for 2017 has been posted to the AAVMC website. While the webinar names are the same… the content is NOT. We’ve updated content with new and exciting information for all of our webinars. Register today!

The Road to Veterinary School

Audience : Freshmen & Sophomore Undergraduate (Pre-Vet) Students
Summary : Learn how to prepare for the VMCAS application and find out what you should be doing during your early undergraduate career leading up to graduate school
Schedule: All Webinars are held from 1pm to 2pm Eastern Time on the last Friday of every month through May 2017.


VMCAS 2018 Workshops

Audience : Applicants to the VMCAS 2018 Application Cycle
Summary :  Join VMCAS for a VMCAS 2018 Application Workshop. Come ask questions about the application, troubleshoot, and generally learn about the application process.
Schedule: Schedule to coincide with the VMCAS Application Launch in May, 2017


See all the webinar information here.

Why Diversity Matters in Health Care

As a health professions student, you need to be aware of the complex issues that shape the health care field in the United States. Some of the most urgent topics today revolve around our nation’s need to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of health care for ethnic, racial and economic minorities. Closely connected to this is the need to increase both the diversity and the cultural competence of our health care workforce.

Please click to read more…


BRUSH Summer Research Program at Michigan State University

The Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) program at Michigan State University is a Summer Research Program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. The BRUSH Program is suitable for students interested in biomedical research, and it is also valuable for students interested in human medicine or veterinary medicine.


During the 12-week BRUSH Program students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and also participate in ancillary activities to help them explore research as a career and succeed in the conduct and presentation of their research. The program is best suited for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate studies, although applicants with less college credit will be considered.


Students in this program are paid $4,800 for the summer, and additional funds are available to cover the cost of program related expenses (housing and conference travel).

For BRUSH Program details see



Lessons Learned from VMCAS 2017

From the AAVMC Pathways newsletter (click here to subscribe):

Pitfalls From VMCAS 2017

This application cycle was not very different from prior years where applicant behaviors are concerned. As in most cycles, a handful of applicants found themselves in sticky situations. We’ve outlined the most common problems that applicants faced this cycle:

1. Waiting until the last minute. To your application, “last minute” means anytime after September 1st. Not allowing time for verification (up to two weeks) led to many incomplete applications.

2. Waiting for evaluations to be submitted.  You can have your submitted application verified without any evaluations submitted. Do not wait for evaluations!!

3. Missing Transcripts. Lots of applicants didn’t follow the transcript requirements for VMCAS 2017.

4. Submitting & paying late: Many applicants attempted to submit and pay for their application just before the deadline. You should allow up to a half hour (or more) to process your credit card information.

5. Didn’t read VMCAS instructions: Most of the issues that applicants had this year could have been avoided by referring to the application instructions.

Army Health Professions Scholarship Program Info Session

Army Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Information Session THIS Thursday,  September 29 (4:00-5:00 p.m.) in 108 Capen (inside Undergraduate Library – first floor – Honors College)  

 Mark your calendar for THIS Thursday, September 29 from 4:00-5:00 (108 Capen Hall) if you are a prehealth student who plans to apply to a professional health school (e.g., medicine, dentistry, optometry, vet) and are interested in more details regarding the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) offered through the US Army. More details are here: