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The South Dakota State University Professional (DVM) Program in Veterinary Medicine and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (UMN CVM) are both participating members of a national application service called the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). With one Web-based application, prospective veterinary students may submit their application to most of the U.S. and many Canadian and international veterinary colleges that participate in VMCAS.

The South Dakota State University Professional (DVM) Program in Veterinary Medicine requires that all applicants, resident and non-resident, submit their initial application via VMCAS

VMCAS will begin accepting general applications January 22, 2020 for the Class of 2025/program start date fall 2021. Students can apply to specific universities on May 12, 2020. The application deadline is September 15, 2020

Application Checklist

Items due to Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) by the September 15, 2020, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, application deadline:

  • Electronic VMCAS application.

  • Official copies of all college transcripts, including coursework taken abroad. Foreign transcripts will need to be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service. Important transcript verification information can be found here:

    • South Dakota State University students must submit their SDSU transcripts to VMCAS as well. We are not able to access SDSU transcripts internally.

  • Three electronic Letters of Reference (eLOR) submitted by a minimum of three individuals identified on the VMCAS application.

  • VMCAS application fees based on the number of veterinary colleges applied to.

Items due to the South Dakota State University Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine by the September 15, 2020, application deadline:

  • Application processing fee paid online with a credit or debit card.

    • $85 for SDSU PPVM program
    • $85 for UMN CVM program
    • $135 for both SDSU PPVM program and UMN CVM program

                      * Please note that fee is paid at a special UMN CVM website and will be directed to the SDSU PPVM program

  • Official GRE test results sent to institution code #4823.

Applicants also applying to the University of Minnesota:

Although both programs are well coordinated and use similar criteria for acceptance, the UMN CVM and SDSU’s application systems are separate and distinct. As a result, applicants are evaluated separately by each program. Learn more information about the UMN CVM here and view an application checklist here.

Answers to frequently asked questions:

  • Transcripts need to be official and in original sealed envelopes and should be received by VMCAS by the September 15, 2020, deadline. The SDSU PPVM program is unable to process transcripts directly or forward transcripts to VMCAS.

  • Applications will be verified by VMCAS throughout the fall semester. The SDSU PPVM program will check in with students who are not verified by early November for an update.

  • GRE scores must be sent directly to the SDSU program. You may elect to send your scores to VMCAS as well.

  • Mail all transcripts to: VMCAS – Transcripts, P.O. Box 9126, Watertown, MA 02471.

  • The SDSU program does not have a supplemental application. Instead there are two unique custom question built into the VMCAS application.

  • Applicants will receive an email confirmation shortly after the application deadline and a status update in early January 2021. Check in with program director, Gary Gackstetter, if you don’t get an initial application confirmation email by the end of September or if you don’t get an application status update by early January.

  • Applicants who are missing GRE scores or application processing fees will be notified in September and given a short window of time to submit any missing items.

Additional information and helpful links:


VMCAS application information
VMCAS application
Important Transcript Verification Information VMCAS Student and Advisor Hotline: 617-612-2884 VMCAS Fax: 617-612-2051
VMCAS Email:

South Dakota State University

SDSU Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences web site
Professional (DVM) Program in Veterinary Medicine (2+2 Program) web site
General information email: gary.gackstetter@sdstate. edu or phone 605-688-5171

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota One Stop Student Services
CVM prospective student web site
DVM general information: email or telephone 612-624-4747