What’s New for 2022: VMCAS Applications

Wondering what’s new for the 2022 VMCAS application cycle? Curious about the ever-evolving essay prompt and length requirements? Read on, friend!

Official 2022 VMCAS prompt, per the AAVMC website: Your personal statement is a one-page essay (not to exceed 3,000 characters) that gives veterinary admissions committees a clear picture of who you are and, most importantly, why you want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

For those of us keeping track, it comes as no surprise that the VMCAS application has changed yet again. Over the past several years, VMCAS essays have seen a number of iterations: from a longer autobiographical essay, to several short essays of shifting lengths, to this year’s personal statement format.

If you’ve applied previously (loads of vet applicants are actually reapplicants, so you’re in good company), perhaps you recall writing several “short” essays. Personally, I liked this format! It allowed applicants to explore distinct aspects of their strengths and experiences.

However, applicants who took those prompts way too literally wrote generic essays. Consider this question from last cycle: In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute? Many applicants dutifully dedicated half their essay to listing vets’ contributions. If you’ve read one list of contributions, you’ve read them all. Admission committees were probably bored stiff.

Why did I like those prompts? Because they gave creative applicants an easy advantage! What a gift!

But now we’re back to a standard personal statement like you’d write for nearly any professional or graduate program. Except not quite…

What’s different about writing a veterinary school personal statement? I have a couple of quick tips. (Full disclosure: I do save a little something back for my personal clients. After all, vet school is insanely competitive, and my clients come first.):

  • 3000 characters=insanely short personal statement. For perspective, medical school applicants get a generous 5300 characters. Medical residency applicants are permitted an outrageous 28,000 characters! The VMCAS short essay format from previous years allocated 6000 total characters. Your takeaway? Boil this sucker down to your best possible material. Yes, shorter is actually harder.
  • Do not waste characters. I mean it. Consider omitting: quotes from famous people, your philosophy of the profession, lists of jobs that interest you, activities from high school, descriptions of the classes you took in college, that story about the time you made a splint for your hamster.
  • Differentiate yourself. Everyone has a dog/cat. Everyone took hard classes. Everyone learned to study better in college. Everyone thinks spaying/neutering is important. What have you done and learned that sets you apart? Highlight unique experiences and stellar performance.
  • Not everything you include has to be animal-related. We want the reader to step away with a clear picture of you who are as a person and what kind of student/colleague you will make. They want to hear your story and know what makes you tick.
  • Edit the heck out of your personal statement. You won’t get it right on the first go. You need feedback.

Obviously, this is the point where I remind you that EssayMD can give you some amazing writing input at an affordable price. And I where I reassure you that we’ve worked with lots of other people like you. And that we helped them stand out. By all means, feel free to reach out to me personally (marci@essaymd.com) if you’re interested in taking your VMCAS application to the next level. We provide comprehensive, knowledgeable editing and proofreading for all aspects of your veterinary application!

“I can't thank you enough for all your help with the paper! It came out great and I sent out my applications yesterday!! Just wanted to let you know all your help really paid off! Thanks again!!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:45:40-05:00
“I can't thank you enough for all your help with the paper! It came out great and I sent out my applications yesterday!! Just wanted to let you know all your help really paid off! Thanks again!!”

"I received 8 interviews, attended 6 of them and was accepted to 4 dental schools on the first day of admission! Marci did a phenomenal job helping with my personal statement and was always professional and prompt with her communication and advice."
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:45:59-05:00
"I received 8 interviews, attended 6 of them and was accepted to 4 dental schools on the first day of admission! Marci did a phenomenal job helping with my personal statement and was always professional and prompt with her communication and advice."

“I will be starting medical school in the fall!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:46:16-05:00
“I will be starting medical school in the fall!”

“I cannot think of a more cost efficient way to have made my application stand out. I highly recommend your service to any applicants to a highly competitive program.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:46:32-05:00
“I cannot think of a more cost efficient way to have made my application stand out. I highly recommend your service to any applicants to a highly competitive program.”

“My essay went from mediocre and disorganized to creative, engaging, professional, and memorable.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:46:48-05:00
“My essay went from mediocre and disorganized to creative, engaging, professional, and memorable.”

“You have been a wonderful help, and my essay is great thanks to you...everything flows together, and I am really pleased.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:47:34-05:00
“You have been a wonderful help, and my essay is great thanks to you...everything flows together, and I am really pleased.”

“[EssayMD] is expert in putting together a personalized and effective statement based on my academic achievement to market myself ethically to the next step.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:47:53-05:00
“[EssayMD] is expert in putting together a personalized and effective statement based on my academic achievement to market myself ethically to the next step.”

“We have relied upon [EssayMD’s] expertise, with great results, in our efforts to ensure the acceptance of all four of our children to the universities of their choice. Two are now in medical school, and the other two were admitted to prestigious universities. We unequivocally recommend this service to concerned students and their parents.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:48:13-05:00
“We have relied upon [EssayMD’s] expertise, with great results, in our efforts to ensure the acceptance of all four of our children to the universities of their choice. Two are now in medical school, and the other two were admitted to prestigious universities. We unequivocally recommend this service to concerned students and their parents.”

“I just wanted to personally thank you for all of your tremendous help! I felt pretty proud submitting my application yesterday and even received my first interview invite today!!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:48:27-05:00
“I just wanted to personally thank you for all of your tremendous help! I felt pretty proud submitting my application yesterday and even received my first interview invite today!!”

“The editing…was simply beautiful and I recommend EssayMD to everyone! I know who to contact for future residency applications!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:48:42-05:00
“The editing…was simply beautiful and I recommend EssayMD to everyone! I know who to contact for future residency applications!”

“Just wanted to update you that I was accepted to medical school…I will be leaving next week. Thank you for all your help with my essays!!!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:48:58-05:00
“Just wanted to update you that I was accepted to medical school…I will be leaving next week. Thank you for all your help with my essays!!!”
0
0
EssayMD