AAVMC to accept 2020 vet school applications months earlier

November 13, 2019

Veterinary school applicants will get a four-month head start on the process next year when the cycle opens in January instead of May. And hopefully that will lead to less of a frantic rush come the September deadline.

If college students can get a head start on their veterinary school applications, will they procrastinate less? That's the hope behind the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' move to start the application cycle in January instead of May.

For the next application cycle, students will be able to enter coursework and request letters of recommendation and transcripts on the Veterinary Medical College Application Service website starting Jan. 2, 2020. On May 12, they'll be able to pick the specific schools they want to apply to and formally submit their applications.

Most applicants typically wait until the last minute to complete their applications during the four-month window of May to September, according to an AAVMC release, with 45% finishing their applications in the final week. That rush of activity condenses the time available for applicants to seek support and assistance and compile the various materials required for a complete application.