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Pre-Veterinary Pathway

Pre-Health Advising

You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in medicine, opportunities to gain relevant experience, discussing the best time to apply, preparation for the MCAT, the AMCAS application, and much more. To schedule an appointment, call (602) 496-3300 or email


Dates to Remember 

May 2017

VMCAS opens

August 31, 2017

Have the GRE taken no later than August.

September 15, 2017

VMCAS closes and will no longer accept documents.

October 2017-Spring 2018

You may receive a supplemental application depending on the school and may be invited to interview during this time.

Spring 2018

You will be hearing back from schools regarding admissions decisions.

Yearly Planner


  • Maintain a strong GPA and focus on coursework.
  • Make an appointment with a pre-health advisor to introduce yourself
  • Begin to get involved with clubs & student organizations.
  • Begin volunteering and gaining relevant experience.

Involvement (Clubs & Organizations)


Having varied experiences working with different species is important per the AVMA


  • While maintaining a high GPA, look into opportunities for research and experience engaging in two more areas of veterinary.
  • Build relationships with professors as they may become letter writers.
  • Attend pre-health meetings and events.
  • Begin to look into preparing for the GRE (Studying & Registration).
  • Continue to meet with your pre-health advisor.

Clinical Experience

Leadership Experience

Study Abroad

Grade Point Average


  • Maintain a high GPA and stay involved with campus clubs/ organizations, volunteer opportunities, and experience.
  • Begin an internship and start prepping for the GRE (take the GRE by spring of Junior year).
  • Apply through VMCAS one year prior to when you plan to matriculate.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Prep Courses & Practice Exams


Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service

Personal Statement

Review off personal statement offered by Pre-Health Office.

Letters of Recommendation (LORs)

Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as a student and future veterinarian.  Veterinary programs may favor having at least 1 letter of recommendation from a practicing veterinarian (D.V.M).  VMCAS only allows up to six references to be submitted, though you need to list at least three.  Ask in advance and give your letter writers sufficient time to complete and submit.  Also, remember to stay in touch with letter writers who you may also ask in the future!  

Mock Interviews

Schedule mock interview with Pre-Health Office your senior year  


  • Meet pre-health advisor to prepare for interviews.
  • If waitlisted or rejected, explore post-bac options or consider taking a gap year.

Post-bac Programs