It’s time for a new series! Many people think that once you go through vet school, pass your boards, and receive your Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) that the only option is to go into private practice and see patients. Fortunately, a DVM opens far more doors than just treating dogs, cats, horses, and cows. Over the next several posts, I’ll talk about some of the opportunities out there for graduate veterinarians beyond private practice. Read the rest of this entry
I’m starting a new posting series about my expectations of vet school and the reality that I’ve experienced one and half semesters in. As a pre-vet student, I had an idealized version of vet school; I was finished with “extraneous” subjects, like English and macroeconomics, and on to learning about what I loved: veterinary medicine. I would get to spend more time hands-on with animals, learning what I really needed to know to go out and be a veterinarian, not just a student who can regurgitate information. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve finished my first semester of vet school, and I feel like orientation was just yesterday! I can’t believe how quickly the past four months flew by. I’ve learned all about microscopic anatomy of animals (aka: histology), different types of parasites and the diseases they can cause, how to correctly apply a “kitty burrito“, the differences between dog and cat anatomy, and some of the basic principles of One Health. Outside of the classroom, I was elected as the Student Government Association Information Services (IS) Representative, built a website for SGA, elected as Wet Lab Coordinator for our Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP), and Events Coordinator for our chapter of Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF). Needless to say, I’ve been really busy! Now that I’ve had time to slow down (i.e. sleep for days) and look back on the past semester, I had a few thoughts to share. Read the rest of this entry
One of the most exciting parts of veterinary medicine is getting to work with many different breeds and species of animals; it’s what separates veterinary medicine from human medicine. Whenever I tell someone that I’m starting vet school, they always ask about the program– the length, clinical rotations, internship and residency requirements–especially since this is LMU-CVM’s first class of students. In previous posts I’ve discussed the application process that I went through this past year to become part of the first class. Now, I want to talk about LMU-CVM’s program as well as the classes and experiences that I will be going through over the next four years. Read the rest of this entry
You’ve been accepted to vet school–congratulations! What’s the next step? Glad you asked! There’s a TON of information about applying, interviewing, and gaining admittance to vet schools, but not a lot about the matriculation process: paying your deposit, finding housing, and purchasing all the neat things that are required for school and labs. Never fear, I’m going to lead you through what happens after the acceptance.
The most exciting part about my acceptance was being able to tell my friends and family! This is something that I’ve worked very hard for over the past three years, and knowing that it all paid off was a wonderful feeling. I had so much support from my family and friends throughout this process; any time I felt like I was really struggling with school, these people were there to help me through and encourage me to press on towards my goal. They were just as excited as I was when I received my acceptance letter.
Paying the Deposit
By now you should know that an education in veterinary medicine does not come cheaply. Vet schools require students that have been admitted to pay a deposit in order to secure their seat. After April 15th, any seats that have not been secured can be offered to students on the wait list. For the Class of 2018, our matriculation fee could be applied towards our tuition after we matriculate. Read the rest of this entry