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Veterinary Medicine

​​​​​​​​​Description​Veterinarians diagnose, treat, and control diseases in animals and are concerned with preventing transmission of animal diseases to humans.  They treat injured animals and develop programs to prevent disease and injury.
​Degree ​D.V.M. or V.M.D.
​Program Length​4 Years
​Professional Schools’ Organization​AAVMC (American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges)
​Application Service​VMCAS (Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service)
Some schools do not use VMCAS services and have their own applications.
​Academic Admission Requirements​Two semesters each of English, Biology, Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry.  Note:  Some schools have very specific requirements often including Microbiology, Statistics, Biochemistry, Animal Science, Nutrition.  Check requirements CAREFULLY.
Admission Exam​​GRE (most), or MCAT or
​Personal Attributes & Experiences​Demonstrated knowledge of profession, confidence and comfort around a variety of animals. Strongly recommend veterinary and non-veterinary, animal-related experience.
​Recommendation Letters​No standard form.  Usually three letters, two from faculty and one from employer, vet, or another academic source.