The End is Only the Beginning, Part 2
In Part 1, I told you all about the first part of the veterinary school application process: the VMCAS application. This week, I’m going to share my experiences with LMU’s supplemental, my interview, and my acceptance into the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2018! I’ll also discuss the changes for LMU-CVM’s next application cycle, so future applicants can be informed how the process will be proceeding in the coming years. Dr. Schadler, the Associate Dean of Student Services and Admissions, has been gracious enough to provide his words of wisdom about veterinary medical education, so be sure to check out his quotes below!
Most veterinary schools in the United States require a supplemental application in addition to the VMCAS in order to get some more information from the applicant. LMU-CVM required much of the same information as VMCAS (standard name, birthdate, etc.), but I didn’t have to put in every class I had ever taken in college–I just had to put in the classes I had taken to fulfill my prerequisites. For example, one of the prerequisites was six hours of upper-level (read: 300/400 level) biology courses; for these, I put down BIOL395-Physiology of Disease and BIOL442-Biochemistry 2. I also had to input my Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores and a few awards and achievements. Even though I had four evaluations from VMCAS, LMU-CVM required 4 Personal Potential Index evaluations (PPIs) to be completed by two professors, a veterinarian, and a previous employer. The PPIs are a more standardized way of evaluating applicants because the evaluator has to rate the applicant on a scale of 1 to 5 in several different areas; they can also chose to add comments in addition to their ratings. Finally, I had a chance to share why I wanted to go to LMU-CVM and to demonstrate that I understood LMU-CVM’s mission and curriculum. This was the most enjoyable part of the application because I got a chance to tell the admissions committee about my understanding of and future commitment to One Health.
After I had submitted my VMCAS and my supplemental, I was invited for an interview with the Associate Dean of Student Services and Admissions, Dr. Tod Schadler. In contrast to his long title, Dr. Schadler is friendly, outgoing, and wonderful at putting people at ease. On the day of my interview, I was escorted up to the CVM suite on the 3rd floor of LMU’s Math and Science Building where I met Dr. Schadler. The interview started off with a simple, but important question: Why veterinary medicine? For me, the answer was not only “I love animals”, but also “I love science”. Veterinary medicine is a calling, not a job; I could have just as easily picked human medicine, but instead I chose vet med because I love the science of animals: how their bodies work, the workings of human-animal bond, and how to treat diseases and lameness when necessary. Veterinary professionals are immensely passionate people because they have the same schooling and knowledge as doctors, but make much less money in order to take care of animals that need help. My interview with Dr. Schadler was, dare I say, enjoyable; instead of feeling like I was being grilled, I was able to have a conversation about my passion and genuinely show my excitement for my future career. I’m going to be doing a whole post on the interview later, so look for it!
About a week after my interview, I got the call offering me a seat in the inaugural class! I immediately accepted my seat. A few weeks ago, on February 18th, I got my official letter of acceptance from Dr. Hoffsis, the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. It was honestly one of the happiest days of my life; not many people can pinpoint the day their life began to take a new direction, but I can!
I’ve shared my experience of applying to LMU-CVM, but the process is going to change for future classes. First, the pre-requisites have been modified to include more science and electives. Second, the supplemental will ask for less redundant information and more specialized questions regarding LMU-CVM and the applicant’s interests. Applicants won’t be required to submit PPIs in addition to the VMCAS Evaluations. Third, the interview will consist of an hour-long interview with two member team instead of just Dr. Schadler. Finally, acceptance decisions will all go out at the same time, around February. All of these changes have been made in order to make the process better and easier to evaluate applicants.
I’ve really enjoyed sharing my experience about applying to vet school! It’s a tough, frustrating, rewarding, and exciting all at the same time. I’m glad I get to be in the inaugural class of 2018-be sure to check back as I finish up my last undergraduate semester and move into vet school!
A special thanks to Dr. Schadler for providing his words of wisdom.
Posted on March 24, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged 2014, Lincoln Memorial University, Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, LMU, LMU-CVM, loving animals, pre vet blog, pre-vet, pre-veterinary, Veterinary medicine, wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.