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Everything You Need to Know about Applying to Veterinary School (Straight from the Horse's Mouth)

Don’t miss a beat this application cycle – there’s a lot to keep track of when you apply to veterinary school. These updates and deadlines for applying to Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and/or Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine will set you on the right path!

GRE Scores  

In previous years, veterinary applicants were required to submit their Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for consideration for admission. This is no longer the case because veterinary applicants are not required to take the GRE for Entry Year 2022. However, if you've previously taken the GRE, you will enter that information in the application. Valid test dates are those taken between August 1, 2017 and September 30, 2021. 

Please reach out to the individual schools if you have further questions about GRE score considerations. 

Planned Activities 

As a veterinary applicant, you must enter planned activities. The [Planned Activities] section of the application asks you to list all future activities in which you plan on participating in between October 2021 and August 2022. This is your opportunity to list what types of work, research, community service, or extracurricular activities you will be filling your time with until you matriculate into veterinary school. 

See page 36 of the Application Guide for detailed instructions about how to enter your planned activities. 


You will send transcripts to TMDSAS only upon request after you have interviewed with one of the veterinary schools. TMDSAS won't be able to confirm your transcripts have been received if they are sent before they are requested.

Get more information about submitting transcripts  on the TMDSAS website.


Veterinary Applicant Timeline   

Take a glance at these important dates-- you will want to write them down on your calendar:  

May 17th (8 a.m. CST)  
  • TMDSAS application submission opens & application processing begins  
September 15th (5 p.m. CST)  
  • Deadline to submit your TMDSAS application and your electronic Veterinary Medicine Applicant Evaluation Forms 
  • Deadline to submit your secondary applications to the schools
    • Visit the TTU SVM and TAMU DVM websites for more information about the admissions process.
October 14th (6 p.m. CST) 
  • Deadline to complete CASPer testing (required by Texas Tech SVM).  
December – January 
  • Interviews begin!  
January – February  
  • Veterinary schools begin to extend offers of acceptance 
April 15th  
  • Deadline to accept extended veterinary school offers
For a full list of all important dates and deadlines, please refer to the TMDSAS website. 

There you have it! You’re informed and ready to go off to the races without a hitch! And as always,
TMDSAS is here to support you every inch of the way.

You can reach out to TMDSAS at, call our help line at 512-499-4785, or send an instant message through the application portal.

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About the author: The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) is the centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at all of the public medical, dental, and veterinary schools in the State of Texas.

Breanna Bietz

About the author: Breanna L. Bietz is an applicant liaison and resource development specialist at TMDSAS. She contributes to the development of resources for applicants and serves as an editor of the Inside Health Education Newsroom as well as the TMDSAS Application Guide. Additionally, she serves as a copywriter and curator of the TMDSAS website. Breanna works with the TMDSAS team to educate, prepare, and support applicants prior to the start of the application cycle and processes applications throughout the duration of the cycle. She participates in various outreach efforts, including on-campus or virtual workshops and applicant webinars. Breanna holds a master's degree from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. from the University of South Dakota.

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