Veterinary school applications skyrocket
Preliminary data reveal a whopping 19% increase in application rates compared with last year.
Applications for veterinary medical colleges have been on the rise in recent years, averaging about 6% to 7% annual growth, but during the 2020-2021 admissions cycle the number of applicants rose by a whopping 19% compared with the previous year. According to preliminary data from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), 10,273 individuals applied for veterinary school this year compared with 8645 last year. The submit rate—the number of people who started and completed the application process through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service—also increased to 79% from a historical average of 72% to 73%
Although there is no clear explanation for this surge in applications, AAVMC says several factors may be at play. First, the application cycle was longer, opening in January this year rather than the typical May, and the AAVMC has offered more informational webinars and increased communication with applicants.
In addition, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has increased public awareness about the vital role of the veterinary profession in zoonotic disease research and treatment, including vaccine development. Additionally, more people spending more time at home during the pandemic has led to a greater appreciation for the human-animal bond and a consequent increase in pet adoption rates and veterinary clinic visits.
The transcription verification process is now complete, and AAVMC will release final application numbers soon.