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HOW TO BECOME A VETERINARIAN: Education and Career Roadmap

The VMCAS application moved to an updated, new format in 2016 as the AAVMC migrated the application service to a new platform called CAS3.0. With this upgrade, there were significant changes to not only the application format itself, but also to dates, deadlines, features and more. This document will explain those differences and how they impact you! 

VMCAS 2018 Cycle Dates:
  • VMCAS 2018 Dates: May - September 17th, 2017
  • The application will launch in May 2018
  • The deadline for VMCAS 2018 is September 17th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
In order for your application to be eligible for Transcript Verification, the following items MUST be received by September 17th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST**:
  • Submitted Application & VMCAS Fee
  • A minimum of three (3) submitted electronic letters of recommendation (eLORs)
  • All official transcripts for schools you list in the "institutions attended" section of the application

Course Requirements

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) shows required coursework for individual schools. These include basic sciences and humanities courses. Below are Sewanee courses that are equivalent courses to those listed by AAVMC. Please be aware that some schools will accept variant courses offered at Sewanee under a different name, while others will not. Thus, be sure you are taking the required courses for the schools you are interested in attending by contacting their admissions office and reviewing each school's admissions requirements.

Required Courses for Applying to Veterinary School

Some schools require more than one course, and generally you cannot count BIOL XXX for Biology/Zoology as well as Cellular Biology, Genetics, or Microbiology, etc. if your school requires specific types of biology coursework. (*Please note these courses are also offered without a lab and might not count toward the requirement for many schools). 
BIOL 233: Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 203: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 275: Histology and Microanatomy
BIOL 314: General and Human Physiology*
BIOL 319: Cancer Cell Biology* 
BIOL 328: Molecular Revolutions in Medicine* 
BIOL 330: Immunology* 
BIOL 333: Developmental Biology 
BIOL 340: Microbiology
BIOL 301: Genetics (this is non-lab; some schools may not allow)

Either Physics 101 followed by Physics 102, or Physics 103 followed by Physics 104, will provide a full year of physics with laboratory.
PHYS 101/102: General Physics I & II
PHYS 103/104: Modern Mechanics & Electric and Magnetic Interactions

BIOL/CHEM 306 (non-lab, only requires CHEM 201)

Organic Chemistry
Only some schools require both CHEM 201 and CHEM 202. 
CHEM 201: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 202: Organic Chemistry II

Inorganic Chemistry
Only some schools require additional chemistry beyond CHEM 120. 
CHEM 120: General Chemistry
CHEM 211: Chemical Methods and Environmental Analysis
CHEM 308: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 352: Thermodynamics and Kinetics

MATH 101/102: Calculus
STAT 204: Elementary Statistics

English Composition
ENGL 101: Literature and Composition

Humanities/Social Sciences
Generally satisfied with courses at Sewanee with G2, G3, and/or G4 attributes.

BIOL 223/224: Genetics (non-lab; some schools may not allow)

BIOL 340: Microbiology

Speech/Public Speaking
RHET 101: Public Speaking

Cellular Biology
BIOL 233: Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology

Physiology (Systemic)
BIOL 312/314: General and Human Physiology (offered with and without a lab.  Be sure you know what is required for your school)

Animal Nutrition
Required by some schools, including Auburn University, the University of Florida and Texas A&M.
BIOL 218: Principles of Animal Nutrition and Metabolism

Animal Science
Two US schools require this course. Animal science is not offered at Sewanee.
Course titles vary. Best to contact school. 


Succeeding in the pre-health curriculum
The pre-health curriculum consists of a diverse array of coursework, much in the STEM fields. These courses are often extremely rigorous in order to provide students with the background skills and knowledge they need to succeed in health care fields. The Office of Medical and Health Programs (OMHP), partnering with the Sewanee Health Professions Society (SHPS), provides both leadership development opportunities for students interested in tutoring and one-on-one peer tutoring for students seeking tutoring. All peer tutors have not only succeeded in the courses in which they tutor, but they have also been shown to be good teachers and mentors.

For the academic year 2018-2019 the student leader of this program is Gil Horner.  If you have questions please refer them to Gil or Assistant Director Cynthia Gray.  

Those applying to be tutors need to fill out forms with Human Resources after being given approval from the Office of Medical and Health Programs. Time sheets also need turned in at a timely manner.

Those who have a tutor may be asked to evaluate their experience so we may provide the best mentorship and tutoring program for students. 

Apply to be a tutor.

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