Information AboutHow to Apply

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Entering Fall 2020

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.  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 or (402) 472-7306. 

VMCAS Application
Applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The online application can be accessed at  You must complete the ISU CVM Supplemental Essay through VMCAS.  The web application and VMCAS fee must be submitted to VMCAS by September 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight 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  eLORs must be submitted to VMCAS by September 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight 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: applicants must complete the Nebraska Resident Certification Form and submit it to:


Nebraska Resident Certification
Undergraduate Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1410 Q Street
Lincoln NE 68588-0417

The completed form must be postmarked by September 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Supplemental Application
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 17, 2018.
Processing Fee and Signature Page must be postmarked by September 17, 2019.

Official transcripts for ALL college-level coursework (undergraduate, graduate and continuing education) must be sent directly to VMCAS. Please send transcripts to:

VMCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9126
Watertown, MA  02471

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 17, 2019.

Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 transcripts must be received by January 20, 2020 and Spring 2020 transcripts must be received by July 1, 2020.  Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 transcripts should can be sent electronically if you school offers that option.  Please email based on the  first letter of your last name. 
Transcripts can be mailed directly to CVM Admissions, 2270 Veterinary Medicine, 1800 Christensen Drive, Iowa State University, Ames, IA  50011-1134.

Interviews are usually held in late December through mid 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

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.

Financial Aid Information
All financial aid is processed through the Iowa State University Office of Student Financial Aid.  Please contact the ISU Office of Student Financial Aid at 515-294-2223 or for more information.



Admissions Calendar with Deadlines

May 9, 2019

  • VMCAS web application available
    Note:  The ISU Supplemental Essay will be completed through VMCAS
  • ISU Supplemental web application available

May 9, 2019 or ASAP

  • Contact evaluators.  Verify they are willing to provide a letter of reference for you

August 1, 2019 or earlier

  • Recommended date to order transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions you have attended. Have them submitted directly to VMCAS

August 15, 2019

  • Check VMCAS for receipt of transcripts and evaluations. Follow up with transcript institution or evaluator first, then check with VMCAS if necessary

September 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern DaylightTime

  • 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)
  • Nebraska Residency Form (to UNL Office of Admissions) (postmark deadline)

September-October, 2019

  • Applications screened and compiled
  • Applications provided to reviewers

November, 2019

  • Applications provided to reviewers
  • Applicants notified of interview status

Late-December, 2019 through Mid-January, 2020

  • Interviews conducted in Lincoln, Nebraska  (In person interviews occur during the specified dates)

Mid- to Late-January, 2020

  • Notification of final application status

January 20, 2020

  • Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 transcripts postmark deadline  (Send directly to CVM Admissions.  Do NOT send to VMCAS.)

April 15, 2020

  • Postmark deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit

July 1, 2020

  • Spring 2020 transcripts postmark deadline (Send directly to CVM Admissions.  Do NOT send to VMCAS.)