Recent Hamilton students who have applied to veterinary medical school have had excellent success in the admission process, primarily because vet students tend to be highly committed, independent and well organized. Although they ordinarily apply broadly, in recent years Hamilton graduates have most often enrolled at Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and Tufts. Because there are only 30 accredited vet schools in the United States and Canada, and because many schools restrict the number of out-of-state students they will admit, admission to vet school is highly competitive. Since the academic preparation required is not uniform for all schools, students preparing for the veterinary profession are encouraged to plan their courses early in their first year of college. Careful planning will allow students to major in any discipline they choose, study abroad, and complete the requirements for veterinary school in time to apply in the fall of the senior year.
Veterinary schools also require many hours of both veterinary and animal experience so students should use every summer and January break to gain experience.
The GRE (Graduate Record Exam), the entrance test required for admission to veterinary school, should be taken no later than September 15 of the application year.
The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) allows candidates to apply to all accredited veterinary schools in the United States and Canada as well as to seven international schools on one common application. The VMCAS application is due online on October 1.
Extensive information, including the requirements for each US and Canadian veterinary school, is available from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.