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The 2025 Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is now open and will close on September 16, 2024.

Required materials, application process and timeline, residency certification, and information for transfer students.

Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is the centralized application service for colleges of veterinary medicine. Through VMCAS you can complete one application and send all your required materials through this service. Your application is then processed, verified for accuracy, and sent to the veterinary medical schools you designate.

How to apply

All application materials, including academic transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be submitted through the VMCAS system.

Required application materials

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are no longer required or accepted.

Step 1

Complete your Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) and WSU additional questions

  • Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application due September 16, 2024 at 11:59PM Eastern Time
  • Designate WSU and complete additional requirements (within VMCAS)
  • Pay WSU supplemental fee due September 16, 2024 at 11:59PM Eastern Time
  • Transcripts. All official transcripts are sent to VMCAS. See sending official transcripts to VMCAS.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • All applicants are required to obtain three electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR) submitted directly from the evaluator through VMCAS, and at least one must be from a veterinarian. All evaluators selected should know the applicant well enough to provide meaningful comments. Letters of recommendation from family members or personal friends will not be reviewed.

Step 2

Certify residency for Idaho, Montana, and WICHE applicants and submit TOEFL scores

Idaho, Montana, and WICHE state applicants must complete residency certification to be given priority consideration as a resident of their state.  Applicants who do not certify will be reviewed as nonresidents.

Beginning with the 24-25 application cycle, Utah is no longer participating in the WSU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine. Utah residents are welcome to apply and will be considered in our nonresident applicant pool. We appreciate your patience as our team works to update our website and encourage you to check back frequently for changes.

  • Idaho and Montana residents must certify with their state by September 3. Email DVM Admissions to keep us up to date on your residency certification process.
  • Applicants from Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) states should contact your state WICHE office for more information on residency certification requirements. Veterinary (DVM) applicants are strongly encouraged to certify before September 15.
  • Washington applicants must be Washington state residents at the time of application. Visit WSU Residency for more information.

Note for nonresidents: Applicants who spend all four years at WSU may be able to establish residency in Washington state after their first year. Most international students pay nonresident tuition for all four years.

International students submit TOEFL scores

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Required for all international applicants from a country whose primary language is not English. Students may be exempted from submitting a TOEFL score if they qualify for a language waiver. Send TOEFL test scores to:
    • WSU College of Veterinary Medicine
      Office of DVM Admissions
      PO Box 647012
      Pullman, WA 99164-7012

Step 3

Monitor your application

Monitor notifications and follow up on any required actions. See Submitting and Monitoring Your VMCAS Application. Be sure to monitor your junk or spam email, and add both VMCAS and WSU as safe senders.


  • January
    • January 19: VMCAS Application cycle opens
  • May
    • May 11: VMCAS school designation available
  • September
    • September 1: Residency certification deadline for Idaho, Montana, and Utah residents
    • September 18: VMCAS application due at 11:59PM Eastern Time
  • October
    • October 15: Deadline to submit WICHE residency applications for residency certification (WICHE eligible applicants only). More information about WICHE certification
  • November
    • Montana interviews
  • December
    • Initial admissions decisions distributed


  • January
    • Idaho, Utah, and Washington interviews
  • April
    • April 15: Deadline to accept or decline offer
  • June
    • June 3: Final transcripts due
  • August
    • August 12-16: Orientation Week
    • August 15: White Coat Ceremony
    • August 19: First day of classes


  • January 23: VMCAS Application cycle opens

  • May 9: VMCAS school designation available

    • September 3: Residency certification deadline for Idaho and Montana
    • September 15: Deadline to submit WICHE residency applications for residency certification (WICHE eligible applicants only). Veterinary (DVM) applicants are strongly encouraged to certify before September 15; if you’re a Montana resident, you must certify by September 1. More information about WICHE certification
    • September 16: VMCAS application due at 11:59PM Eastern Time

  • Montana interviews

  • Initial admissions decisions distributed


  • Idaho and Washington interviews

  • April 15:  Deadline to accept or decline offer

  • June 2: Final transcripts due

    • August 11-15: Orientation Week
    • August 14: White Coat Ceremony
    • August 18: First day of classes

Transfer students

We consider transfer applicants when space is available. Preference is given to students from our regional program states (Washington, Idaho, and Montana).

Individual advising

Applicants should thoroughly review our website before requesting individual advising. Our admissions requirements page clearly outlines the admissions process and criteria for our program.

If you still need additional assistance, please complete the Individual Advising Request to help us better address your needs as a prospective applicant. The admissions staff will only review your survey response, application reviews are not provided. Most requests will receive an email response.

Meetings are offered on a limited basis to individuals with extenuating circumstances that would benefit from one-on-one advising with a member of the admissions team. High school (or younger) students should reach out to pre-health or pre-veterinary advisors for support. Prerequisite and/or course/transcript evaluations are not provided.

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