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VMCAS 2019: Application Deadline Extension

By Robert Dimeo Published: Sep 14, 2018
The AAVMC’s Admissions & Recruitment Committee (ARC) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), have made a decision to extend the VMCAS 2019 Application Deadline to Friday, September 21, 2018, @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time, for all applicants. 

The decision to extend the deadline was made because Hurricane Florence has posed significant obstacles for some VMCAS applicants. Many applicants were forced to evacuate their homes and/or are without electricity. Colleges and universities have been closed and the US Postal Service mail delivery may experience delays in many of the affected areas. 

As a result, these circumstances have placed burdens on our applicants which are outside of their control.   Delivery of official transcripts as well as the submission of electronic letters of recommendation (eLORs) may be delayed.  Thus, we feel that it is necessary to extend the deadline so that applicants have the time they need to submit all required documentation.

Please note that VMCAS applications should be submitted as soon as they are completed regardless of whether VMCAS has received eLORs or transcripts. This will help to expedite your application verification. Do not wait for receipt of either of these documents!

This deadline extension shortens the time that schools will have to review applications.  Therefore, it is important that you make every effort to submit your VMCAS application as soon as possible despite this deadline extension.  Should you have any questions about this deadline extension, please contact VMCAS at: 617-612-2884 or email:

From AAVMC Director of VMCAS Tom Wynne, "We hope that all applicants and their families are safe and that those of you who are facing recovery are able to do so quickly.  Thank you, on behalf of the AAVMC and the Admissions & Recruitment Committee."

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling nearly 35,300 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles nearly 5,300 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

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