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Congratulations on taking the next step! We look forward to receiving your application.

Please note that many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and admissions requirements due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Additionally, references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions should be read in light of current campus health and safety guidelines, which continue to evolve in response to changing conditions. More information can be found on WesternU’s COVID-19 Information page. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

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2023 Application Primary Application

Opens: May 12, 2022
Closes: September 15, 2022 11:59 PM (EDT)

All application materials must be received on or before the deadline. Application materials received after the deadline are considered late and will not be processed.

Application Process

Interested applicants are to submit the VMCAS application through the VMCAS system. After submitting the VMCAS application, WesternU will import the application after it has been verified by VMCAS staff.

We will confirm that you meet our minimum requirements upon receipt and processing of the VMCAS application. You are encouraged to complete and submit your application and supporting materials well before the deadline to avoid any potential delays in receipt or processing.

IMPORTANT: All items listed on the checklist are to be received, not postmarked, by the deadline.

Next Steps

After verification that all admissions and application requirements have been met, each application is forwarded for review. Reviewers typically include college faculty and other invited graduate veterinarians. Applicants deemed acceptable are then invited for an interview on campus. Interview days generally take place in late Fall and sometimes early Spring each year. Candidate interviews are conducted by a college faculty member paired with another member of the veterinary profession (this may include another college faculty; alumni; or other veterinarians in public or private practice).

Candidates whose application files pass the file review and interview processes are placed in the acceptable pool from which the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Chair of the Admissions Committee selects the class. The college attempts to select a class that reflects broadly diverse characteristics considering: gender, ethnicity, areas of critical need in veterinary medicine, economic and educational backgrounds, and species interest of the applicant.

We are happy to answer your questions as you navigate through the application process, so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.