Five Tips to Increase Your Chances of Gaining Admission to Veterinary School
Getting into veterinary school is quite competitive. With fewer seats available each year than the number of veterinary hopefuls, many applicants find themselves applying several years in a row to a number of universities, only to find themselves never gaining admittance. If you are truly serious about becoming a veterinarian, you can stack the odds in your favor with these tips
Gain experience with small, large and exotic animals
Many prospective veterinary students only work with small animals. If you follow this route, you can be sure that your hands-on experience will not be setting you apart from the crowd. Instead, try to gain experience with small, large and exotic animals. A small amount of time with each is far better than a lot of time with only one type of animal. Contrary to popular belief, work and volunteer experience are weighed equally.
While you prefer a paid position, volunteering is often the easiest place to start. Veterinary schools want to know that you have a good deal of experience with a variety of animals.
Take extra science classes
The prerequisites required by your prospective veterinary school are regarded as the bare minimum. Not surprisingly, veterinary medicine requires a strong understanding of science. Admission boards want to see that you have taken enough science courses and did well in them to ensure that you will thrive in veterinary school.
Get to know the veterinarians you work and volunteer with
Nearly all veterinary schools require letters of recommendation from veterinarians. A stellar recommendation will bode far better for you then a form letter signed by a veterinarian. Getting to know the veterinarians you work with and being a fabulous employee or volunteer will give you a better chance of earning a recommendation letter than you help you earn attendance to your dream school.
Study for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE is the one standardized exam that most veterinary schools look at. A good GRE score can make up for a mediocre grade point average or other deficiency in your portfolio. While some students prefer self-studying for the GRE, many do best with the structure of a class or tutoring. If you do not do well the first time you take the GRE, don't hesitate to take it again. Many GRE test takes do better the second time.
Apply to your state university and for-profit schools
If you have a state university that offers a veterinary program, this likely provides your best chance at getting accepted to veterinary school. On the other hand, if you have mediocre grades, for-profit schools such as Midwestern in Glendale, Arizona or various Caribbean schools may provide the most likely opportunity for you.
While the competition is fierce to get into veterinary school, if you take advantage of the five prior tips, you can increase your chances of touching the lives of numerous animals and people throughout your career. Remain on course throughout your undergraduate education, taking care to study hard and do well in each class.
Credits: Jordan Redding