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The “Perfect” Application

This isn’t QUITE fair, because getting into med school is tough too!

Along my pre-vet journey, I’ve done a lot of research in to the 30 veterinary medical schools across the United States. There are a lot of helpful websites and blogs out there on getting admitted to vet school and how to be the “perfect” applicant, like Student Doctor Network and this blog that post tips about the application and even offer coaching and personal statement proofing (for$200 an hour-what?!). If you compile all of this information, like I did, you would basically find the components of the perfect applicant, according to previous applicants (not admissions committees):

  1.  >3.8 GPA
  2. >1000 hours of veterinary experience in ALL fields (small, large, farm, and zoo animals)
  3. >1000 hours of animal experience in several fields (small, large, and farm animals)
  4. 90th percentile GRE scores (verbal reasoning >162, quantitative reasoning >164, analytical writing >4.5)
  5. 1000’s of hours of community service & extracurricular activities, especially where you are in a leadership position

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Sweating Cats and Dogs

The goal is to be honest and genuine in your interview.

I’ve talked about the application process in The End is Only the Beginning Parts 1 and 2, but today I wanted to expand more on, perhaps, the most important part of the application: the interview. The interview is where admissions committees take the people that look good on paper (GPA, GRE, extracurricular activities, and experiences) and get to know them better to make sure they will fit in with the school’s philosophy and environment. Schools love strong applicants, but not if those applicants are also unsociable and condescending. Veterinary medicine is all about teamwork and working with those who have different experiences, so it’s important that personalities mesh reasonably well. I’m going to share about my interview experience with Dr. Tod Schadler, the Associate Dean of Student Services and Admissions, and also give some tips that I found along the way that really helped me. Read the rest of this entry

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