Pre-Veterinary Timeline of Activities

Freshman Year

  • Establish strong study skills. Academics come first!
  • Become familiar with the university and all of the resources available to you.
  • Evaluate your interests and think about the major(s) that you may wish to consider. (Meeting with a Career Counselor may be helpful.)
  • Consider joining the UWM Pre-Veterinary Medicine Student Organization.
  • Meet with the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advisor at least once per semester.
  • Start a journal of all veterinary-related activities in which you have engaged.
  • Carefully consider your pre-veterinary preparation.
  • Consider veterinary-related volunteer opportunities. Animal experience is a crucial part of the application to veterinary school process.
  • Consider attending the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) Annual Symposium (spring semester).
  • Read extensively in science and non-science areas.

Sophomore Year

  • Maintain academic focus and continue your veterinary-related experience journal.
  • Meet with the Pre-Veterinary Advisor at least once per semester.
  • Continue involvement with volunteerism and/or Pre-Veterinary Student Organization.
  • Become familiar with the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
  • Narrow your choice of academic major.
  • Take the time to develop relationships with faculty members.
  • Remember the APVMA Annual Symposium.
  • Talk with Pre-Veterinary Advisor regarding internship opportunities.

Junior Year

  • Acquaint yourself with the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For most Veterinary Schools you need to take the GRE no later than October 1 of your application year. The GRE is administered by appointment at Sylvan Learning Centers. If necessary, students may re-take the exam once per month (up to a maximum of five times per calendar year).
  • Consider when/if you will enroll in a commercial prep course if you feel that you would benefit from this experience.
  • If you have not already done so, begin to identify individuals who will write letters of recommendation for you. You will need at least three letters. Typically two letters should come from faculty and the third letter should come from a veterinarian.
  • Begin to draft ideas for your personal statement.
  • Continue involvement with Pre-Veterinary Student Organization, veterinary-related activities and maintain your veterinary-experience journal.

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Continue to work on your personal statement.
  • Prepare to submit the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application. (Contact non-VMCAS veterinary schools directly for their application.)
  • Some veterinary schools require supplemental applications. Carefully review each school's application procedure to determine if a supplemental application is required. UW-Madison has a separate required DATA FORM that is available on their website.

Senior Year

  • Most VMCAS Veterinary Schools (including UW Madison) have October 1st application deadlines.
  • Plan to take the GRE prior to October 1st.
  • Finish undergraduate studies and graduate!