Animal

The experiences you report in this section should be different from those entered for Veterinary and Employment experience. They should include farm and ranch experiences, 4-H membership, animal training, or other similar activities, and should NOT have occurred under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Include all relevant experiences, whether they are voluntary, paid, or academic experiences, beginning with the most recent. If you are unsure of the dates or number of hours worked, please estimate. If your current experience will continue beyond when you submit your application, list the expected ending date. However, the total hours should reflect completed hours (total hours-to-date), and should NOT include future hours.

If your experience was over broken periods of time (for example, summer break), enter the average number of weekly hours and note the periods worked in your description of duties. List average weekly hours and total hours for each experience. You are allowed 480 characters in the Description of Duties section. If you need additional space, use the Explanation Statement.

If you have NO relevant experience to report, check the box “I DO NOT HAVE ANY ANIMAL EXPERIENCE”.

Use this chart to understand how you should classify your experiences:

Note: Research, Employment, Veterinary, and Animal Experiences can appear very similar!

To help distinguish the differences between Veterinary and Animal use the following examples as well:

  • Giving a dog a shot in an animal clinic is an example of Veterinary.
  • Milking a cow on a farm is an example of Animal.
To add an entry:

1. Select “Animal” from the drop-down menu and then click the Add new entrybutton.

2. Enter all information related to your animal experience. If you do not have any animal experience, select the “I DO NOT HAVE ANY ANIMAL EXPERIENCE” box.

3. Click the save button at the bottom of the page.

To edit an entry:

1. Click the edit_icon button next to the animal experience you wish to change.

2. Once you have completed your changes, click the save button at the bottom of the page to save the change.

 

Warning

REMINDER:
THE VMCAS DEADLINE IS:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

VMCAS STRONGLY recommends you e-submit your application and have all transcripts and references received by August 15th, 2015 in order to allow time for the verification process.

 

Every year, VMCAS comes across applicants that wait until the last minute to submit their application. Statistics show that most applicants last year applied within the final two weeks of the cycle. NOTE: You should allow 10-15 minutes after hitting the e-submit button to complete the payment portion of the application.

VMCAS and the Veterinary schools recommend that you submit your application to VMCAS EARLY!! Applying before the last two weeks leading up to the deadline will help you avoid any unforeseen circumstances that may cause delays when completing the Web application. This may include: web congestion, internet service provider problems, or credit card challenges. Waiting until the final weeks of the cycle increases the risk of these issues and may prevent you from successfully submitting your application on time. This could cause you to have to wait another year to apply to veterinary school.

VMCAS rarely approves deadline extensions and the appeal process through the Admissions Committee can be quite lengthy. Please note that you can submit your completed application, including your three registered evaluators, to VMCAS prior to your evaluators submitting their eLORs. VMCAS and the Veterinary schools strongly recommend that you take this warning seriously. All time is Eastern Daylight Time and is determined by the clock on the application server. Server time is set by the official atomic clock at www.time.gov. It is your responsibility to meet the application deadline.



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