How to Apply (Entering Fall 2015)
The Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine is a cooperative agreement between the states of Nebraska and Iowa. Nebraska residents apply using the Iowa State University (ISU) application process. Students will be selected by the Nebraska Admissions Committee and will attend two years of Professional Veterinary School at UNL before transferring to ISU. Students who complete the four year program will receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Only verified Nebraska residents are eligible for admission to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine.
When applying to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine you should follow application instructions for ISU and are required to complete and submit the Nebraska Residency Form. Please read all information carefully and keep copies of everything you submit. You will need to complete the VMCAS application and supplemental essay. You will also need to submit all transcripts and your GRE score. Detailed information for each section of the application is given below. If you have any questions contact the University of Nebraska PPVM Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 472-7306.
Applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS). The online application can be accessed at www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm. The web application and VMCAS fee must be submitted to VMCAS by October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.
Letters of Recommendation
Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR) are required to be submitted through VMCAS. Up to six letters of recommendation will be accepted if filed electronically through VMCAS. Evaluators can include professors, advisors (academic), employers and preferably at least one veterinarian. Family members (blood or marriage) are not to be used. Evaluators should be able to comment on the personal characteristics and attributes of the applicant. Instruction on submitting letters of recommendation to VMCAS can be found at www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm. eLORs must be submitted to VMCAS by October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.
Should the Admissions Committee need to clarify information provided in the application or recommendation, they may elect to contact the applicant or evaluator.
Nebraska Residency Form
A Nebraska Residency Form must be completed by all applicants, including current UNL students. Download and complete the Nebraska Resident Certification.pdf. form. You must be a Nebraska Resident, as verified on this form, to be eligible to attend the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. Tuition for four years is the same as ISU tuition. The State of Nebraska pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for students when they attend ISU CVM. Residency status is determined by the UNL Office of Admissions following criteria posted at: http://admissions.unl.edu/residency/index.aspx. All applicants must complete the Nebraska Resident Certification Form and mail it to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Nebraska Resident Certification
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1410 Q Street
Lincoln NE 68588-0417
The completed form must be postmarked by October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Supplemental Essay for Application
All applicants are required to complete the online ISU Veterinary Medicine Supplemental Application. The Supplemental Application will become available approximately June 7, 2014. IMPORTANT: You must start your VMCAS Application first and then your Supplemental Application. Your need your VMCAS ID number to create your Supplemental Application account. Be sure to check 'Nebraska' and complete the Nebraska questions after logging into the supplemental section. You will also be asked to enter information regarding courses and activities. You may want to review this section early to prepare the information you will enter. After completing the supplemental application, print a copy for your records. Submit the supplemental application and print the signature page. The signed signature page and a non-refundable $75 processing fee (payable to Iowa State University and include your VMCAS ID number) should be sent to:
Veterinary Medicine Admissions
2270 Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University
P.O. Box 3020
Ames, IA 50010-3020
Supplemental Application must be submitted by October 2, 2014
Processing Fee and Signature Page must be postmarked by October 2, 2014
Transcripts (New procedure--read carefully)
Official transcripts for ALL college-level coursework (undergraduate, graduate and continuing education) must be sent directly to VMCAS. Please send transcripts to:
Official transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions you have attended are required. This is necessary even though credits may show up as transfer credits on another institution's transcript, you took only one course at the institution, or you took the college credits during high school.
If credits taken at a foreign (non-U.S.) institution are used to fulfill a preveterinary requirement, the applicant must provide a copy of the foreign institution's transcript, even if they appear as transfer credits on a U.S. institution's transcript. This includes courses taken as study abroad.
If credits were taken for more than one term at a foreign institution, the applicant must provide a copy of the foreign institution's transcript.
Transcript verification can take up to 4 weeks. You are strongly encouraged to have your transcripts to VMCAS by September 1, 2014 so that they are verified and available by the October 2, 2014 deadline.
Fall 2014 transcripts must be postmarked by January 15, 2015 and Spring 2015 transcripts must be postmarked by July 1, 2015.
You must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which includes the analytical writing portion. Either the old or the new revised GRE will be accepted. THE DEADLINE FOR TAKING THE GRE WILL BE SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 AND THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF SCORES WILL BE OCTOBER 2, 2014. There is no limit to the number of times the GRE may be taken and no minimum GRE score is required. If you choose to retake the test, you must take all three sections. The highest total score from a single test will be used, not a highest score of combined tests. PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer be able to transfer GRE scores that are sent to the the Iowa State University General Admissions Office. Please make sure you use Iowa State University - College of Veterinary Medicine, GRE code, 6315. There is no department code. More information on the GRE can be found at www.gre.org.
Interviews are usually held in January. The interview dates are determined by the committee, in November. Applicants will be immediately notified of these dates. Applicants will be notified of their scheduled interview date and time in December. Interviews will be held in person and only during the specified dates.
Checking the Status of Your Application
Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application on their online Status Page. The Status Page is the first page you see when you log into your Supplemental Application. Upon receipt of the VMCAS application, applications will be reviewed for completeness, GPA eligibility, and required coursework. The Status Page will indicate what materials have been received, notes concerning any problems with the application and deadlines for resolving any problems. Interview offers and final statuses will also be posted on the Status Page. Failure to check the status of your application may result in your application being withdrawn from consideration.
Communication with the applicant will primarily be via the Status Page and occasionally by e-mail. Phone calls will not be accepted at ISU. Please contact ISU with any concerns through the messaging system on the status page. It is imperative that you check your e-mail and your Status Page frequently as we cannot guarantee all e-mails will be received. Please note that some e-mail providers such as Hotmail, Yahoo and MSN may reject mail from Iowa State University or place it in a junk mail folder. If you have problems viewing your status page or supplemental application, please contact the programmer at email@example.com.
It is the applicant's responsibility to see that all materials are received and that the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine is notified of how problems with their application will be remedied. By checking the Status Page frequently, applicants will be able to quickly resolve any problems with their application.
PLEASE NOTE: Questions concerning the application will only be discussed with the applicant. Due to confidentiality we cannot discuss the application with anyone else including parents, spouses, friends, employers, etc.
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Admissions Calendar with Deadlines
Early June, 2014
- VMCAS web application available
- ISU CVM Supplemental Application available
September 1, 2014
- Recommended deadline to submit transcripts to VMCAS
October 2, 2014
- VMCAS web application and fee deadline
- 3 letters (minimum) of recommendation deadline
- All transcripts deadline (to VMCAS)
- ISU Supplemental Application, signature page and $75 processing fee deadline
- GRE (General test only to ISU-CVM Code 6315)
- Nebraska Residency Form (to UNL Office of Admissions)
- Applications screened and compiled
- Applications provided to reviewers
- Interview dates set and applicants notified of dates (Interviews are to be in person and during the dates determined)
- Interview decisions made and applicants notified of date and time of scheduled interview
Early January, 2015 (approximate)
- Interviews conducted; specific dates are determined in November (In person interviews occur during the specified dates)
February 1, 2015 (postmark date)
- Fall 2014 transcripts due to VMCAS
Mid February, 2015 (approximate)
- Notification of final application status
April 15, 2015 (postmark date)
- Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit
July 1, 2015 (postmark date)
- Spring 2015 transcripts deadline (to ISU CVM Admissions, 2270 Veterinary Medicine, PO Box 3020, Ames, IA 50010-3020--Do NOT send Spring 2015 transcripts to VMCAS)
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