Information AboutHow to Apply
Entering Fall 2018
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 College Application Service (VMCAS). The online application can be accessed at www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm. You must complete the ISU CVM Supplemental Essay through VMCAS. The web application and VMCAS fee must be submitted to VMCAS by September 15, 2017 (tentative) at 11:59 p.m. 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 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. Instructions on submitting eLORs to VMCAS can be found at www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm. eLORs must be submitted to VMCAS by September 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the evaluations are done properly and on 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 in-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 September 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
All applicants are required to complete the online ISU Veterinary Medicine Supplemental Application. IMPORTANT: You must start your VMCAS Application first and then your Supplemental Application. You 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
1800 Christensen Drive
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1134
Supplemental Application must be submitted by September 15, 2017.
Processing Fee and Signature Page must be postmarked by September 15, 2017.
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 have been taken at a foreign (non-U.S.) institution, the applicant must follow the VMCAS instructions for foreign transcripts. Applicants are urged to start this process shortly after the VMCAS application opens. Applicants 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.
In order for your application to be eligible for Transcript Verification, all official transcripts for schools you list in the "Institutions Attended" section of the application must be POSTMARKED by September 15, 2017.
Fall 2017 transcripts must be received by February 1, 2018 and Spring 2018 transcripts must be received by July 2, 2018. Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 transcripts should be mailed directly to CVM Admissions, 2270 Veterinary Medicine, 1800 Christensen Drive, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1134.
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 receipt of scores is September 15, 2017. No late GRE scores will be accepted. 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. Applicants may send their GRE scores to VMCAS or directly to the College of Veterinary Medicine. 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 late December or early January. The interview dates are determined by the committee. Applicants will be notified of these interview dates. Applicants will be notified of their 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.
Admissions Calendar with Deadlines
May 11, 2017
- VMCAS web application available
Note: The ISU Supplemental Essay will be completed through VMCAS
- ISU Supplemental web application available
May, 2017 or ASAP
- Contact recommenders. Verify they are willing to provide a letter of reference for you
September 1, 2017
- Recommended deadline to submit transcripts to VMCAS
September 15, 2017, 11:59 pm Eastern Time
- VMCAS web application and fee deadline
- 3 electronic letters (minimum) of recommendation deadline
- All transcripts deadline (to VMCAS) (postmark deadline)
- ISU CVM Supplemental Application submit, signature page and $75 processing fee deadline (electronically submitted, signature page and fee postmark deadline)
- GRE (General test only to ISU-CVM Code 6315)
- Nebraska Residency Form (to UNL Office of Admissions) (postmark deadline)
- Applications screened and compiled
- Applications provided to reviewers
- Applications provided to reviewers
- Applicants notified of interview status
December 2017 or January 2018
- Interviews conducted in Lincoln, Nebraska (In person interviews occur during the specified dates)
- Notification of final application status
February 1, 2018
- Fall 2017 transcripts postmark deadline (Mail directly to CVM Admissions, 2270 Veterinary Medicine, 1800 Christensen Drive, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1134--Do NOT send Fall 2017 transcripts to VMCAS)
April 16, 2018 (postmark date)
- Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit
July 2, 2018
- Spring 2018 transcripts postmark deadline (Mail directly to CVM Admissions, 2270 Veterinary Medicine, 1800 Christensen Drive, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1134--Do NOT send Spring 2018 transcripts to VMCAS)