Pre-Veterinary Committee Description
What is the Pre-Veterinary Committee (PVC)?
The Pre-Veterinary Professions committee at CLU is a committee of Career Services professionals and Science Faculty formed to assist CLU students and alumni to gain entrance into Veterinary programs. The main purpose of the PVC is to submit all students Letters of Recommendations to various schools and build CLU’s reputation as a Pre-Vet university.
What are the benefits of using the Committee?
Many Veterinary schools prefer a formal committee turn in recommendations, ensuring their confidential delivery. The committee is also useful when asking faculty or off campus letter writers for letters that may need to be sent to 10–20 schools. The Pre-Vet Committee will handle mailing letters by deadlines to VMCAS. Writers need to send letters to Career Services by June 15th of each year. In addition, the committee drafts a cover letter and attaches to the separate letters. When your letters are mailed to VMCAS, the committee will include a statement that the student applying has waived all rights to the contents of their Pre-Vet file, mostly referring to the Letters of Recommendation. Lastly, Veterinary Schools get accustom to committees submitting letters and start to recognize the quality of the students who go through the formal committee. Students are still responsible for applying online, taking the MCAT or other exams, and forwarding transcripts.
What do I need to do to take advantage of this program?
Pick up a Pre-Vet packet at the Career Center. It will include:
- Student Information Form/Waiver of Rights to Pre-Vet File – This form starts your file. Complete and sign and begin to turn in transcripts, resume, VMCAS or online application printout, personal statement, and MCAT or other scores. When your file is complete we will send your letters to VMCAS. Also includes waiver statement to be signed and dated which states you will not have access to your file and that it is confidential.
- Applicant Summary Sheet – Used as a guide for letter writers. You will submit the completed Applicant Summary Sheet to faculty or employers, which provides information about you.
- Packet of handouts including timeline, MCAT information and resourceful Websites, etc.
What is the deadline to have letters sent by faculty to the Committee?
Faculty will need to address letters to “Dear Veterinary School Admissions:” and send them to Career Services/PVC (mail code 2400) by the June 15th deadline. We will make copies of all letters and send out to VMCAS.
When will the Committee send my letters to VMCAS?
As soon as your VMCAS application is complete and we have received all of your letters of recommendation. The Committee will keep original copies of all letters.