Applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online at VMCAS beginning late-January, the year before you intend to enroll. The deadline for submission of application and all application materials is mid-September. Exact dates are posted on the VMCAS website.

Yes. We accept online lectures and labs from accredited programs.

Yes. Prerequisites can be taken at any accredited college or university, including community college.

All applicants have until the end of the Spring semester after submitting an application to complete prerequisites.

Interviews will be in-person for VA, MD, and WV canidates and virtual for out-of-state canidates.

No. VMCVM does not require the GRE. Applicants should not send scores regardless as they will not be evaluated.


The key is not “who” the evaluator is, but how well the evaluator knows the candidate with regard to the qualities assessed on the LOR form. LORs can be completed by veterinarians, researchers, professors, employers, or other individuals who can attest to the candidate’s qualities. We recommend letters from at least one veterinarian and academic advisor. VMCAS requires at least three and up to six letters. Family members cannot be used as evaluators. 

Yes. You must submit official transcripts from every college or university you have taken a course at, including high school dual enrollment courses. Transcripts must be submitted directly to VMCAS.

Even if grades from one college or university are reported on a later transcript, you must submit an official transcript to VMCAS from every college or university attended. If not, VMCAS will not verify your application which will render your application incomplete.  

Final transcripts, which include in-progress classes at the time your application was submitted, must be sent to by June 30th after your application is submitted. 

No. We only accept letters of recommendation that are submitted through VMCAS. Do not send any LORs directly to VMCVM.

No. If you are accepted as an out-of-state student to the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, the Commonwealth of Virginia does not permit changing your residency. You may find further information within the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Code, Title 23.1, Chapter 5, Section 23.1-502.

Gap years are viewed neutrally. Applicants should feel empowered to take one if needed and supported if they choose not to. We always recommend for you to do what is best for you!