Class exemption in vet school?

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  1. Caterpillar

    Caterpillar 2+ Year Member

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    Hello!

    Just wondering, do any veterinary schools allow you to be exempt from classes if you take them during undergrad? If so, what classes?
     
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  3. allieh8607

    allieh8607 RUSVM c/o 2017 2+ Year Member

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    I've never heard of that. Generally vet school courses will go way more in depth than any class you take in undergrad.
     
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    DVMDream Don't disturb the snowflakes 7+ Year Member

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    I have heard that occasionally a school will allow you to skip a class if you have something like a PhD in a subject. Not sure which ones. But then again, I also know someone that had a PhD in immunology and they still had to sit through immunology in vet school. Anything you learn in undergrad will not come near to the level of information that they will give you in vet school.
     
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    The only way that you can get an exemption here is if you took the exact same vet school course during a PhD or masters degree. For instance, some took the same cell bio as us when they were going through their degree (though one or two people in my class took cell bio at the vet school during undergrad so they are exempt for it this semester).
     
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    kcoughli Minnesota c/o 2017 2+ Year Member

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    I would highly doubt it. The classes you take in vet school (at least the US ones) are graduate level classes, not undergraduate level. For example, even though I've taken a physiology class in undergrad I still definitely had to take the physiology class in vet school.
     
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    NStarz Ohio State c/o 2016 7+ Year Member

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    I've heard of UPenn allowing some exemptions (nutrition maybe?). But that's it.
     
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    They make you take everything here, no exemptions.

    The genetics prof enjoys telling us about the low score of a genetics PhD on a basic high school level pretest at another school he was at.
     
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    UPenn has allowed exemptions in the past for Histo (written only), Dev Bio and Nutrition if they approve it. You have to submit your grade/syllabus/coursework, etc for them to look over. There's also been like one person who has gotten out of Biochem but they had a PhD and had to take an oral exam. And I think you might be able to get out of the Neuro written portion but still have to take the lab.

    I haven't heard otherwise that this isn't continuing, but things change.
     
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    @GellaBella exempted out of Biochem in our class. And yeah, she had a PhD in biochem, but no oral exam.

    They told our class that IF you wanted to be exempt from Biochem without a PhD then you would have to pass an oral exam with questions from all of the instructors, and nobody had ever passed that oral exam (although I honestly think no one ever tried given that warning).
     
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    orca2011 PennWe c/o 2016!!! 5+ Year Member

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    Ahh, maybe that's what I heard and mixed up the stories. Thanks for clarifying.
     
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    bbeventer Illinois 2016 5+ Year Member

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    The curriculum here is so integrated, there would be no way to be exempted from a subject.
     
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    At MSU, you can get out of the animal science course during first semester if you were an animal science major in undergrad. I majored in ansci and still took the course because I like the professor.
     
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    Salem9 Michigan State University c/o 2018

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    Dr. Balander is great. I love his exam questions; such a sense of humor!
     
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    psilovethomas fading 5+ Year Member

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    Yeah, he's a cool guy. He actually wrote one of my recommendations for vet school. :)
     
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    pinkpuppy9 Illinois c/o 2019 2+ Year Member

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    Just curious...for those who are granted an exemption, do they have to fill that space with another class? Or do they basically get a study hall?
     
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    You get to sleep in for an extra hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
     
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    Much better than a "study" hall.
     
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    Lol study hall in graduate school
     
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    Yeah, I thought study hall pretty much died once you got to 9th grade.
     
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    pinkpuppy9 Illinois c/o 2019 2+ Year Member

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    I guess me saying "study hall" was assuming the class was not the first/last thing of the day.
     
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    Personally I don't know why you'd want an exemption... wouldn't having a class that's easy for you to balance out the hard stuff be a good thing?
     
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    probably not as good as having extra time to study/have a life...
     
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    I can't even.
     
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    Oh, first year....you will learn with time:)
     
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    You can exempt out of Large Animal husbandry 1st year here, but you have to take an exam to do so. Anyone is able to try to take the exam, but really only the animal science majors did.
     
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    One less class = one less final to be busy studying for when you have 3/week.

    And knowing my academic trend, I would do poorly in the class because that's how my life goes...
     
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    = nap in a corner somewhere ;)
     
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    or if close enough go home for an hour. or watch random crap on the internets.
     
  30. eventualeventer

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    Same at UC Davis. We have blocks instead of courses.
     
  31. Minnerbelle

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    Regardless of what time in the day it was, the idea of a study hall is pretty ridiculous... By the time you're in your mid 20's and beyond and in a professional curriculum, you're expected to manage your own time. Anytime you're not in a mandatory lab/discussion/lecture/exam, you have 0 obligations
     
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    I guess my high school was the only one that considered "study hall" the equivalent of a free period....
     
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    I think part of the reason for the tone of responses is because "study hall" is a high school thing. Undergrad and especially vet school are so far removed from high school that using terminology like that just sounds kind of ridiculous.
     
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    We didn't even have study hall in high school... study hall died I would say right after 5th grade.
     
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    Well you got study hall in my high school when you took enough AP classes per year to justify it.
    Okay, that's fine. Either way, it's my understanding that study hall is synonymous with "free period." That doesn't mean you literally have "free period" on your class schedule. Would you or would you not have a gap in your day if you were exempt from your class, assuming it was not the first/last class of the day? Perhaps I'm not understanding how scheduling works in veterinary school if this is not the case.

    Whether you choose to catch up on sleep, go get food, whatever the heck you want, you'd get free time. My bad for not using approved vocab guys...it was just a question. I did say "basically" because I never literally meant that you signed yourself up for an official "study hall."
     
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    :rolleyes:

    We just got to go home early.

    Study hall implies a structured time in a classroom with a teacher monitoring, The time is quiet and meant for doing homework or studying, you also have to show up and attendance is usually taken.
     
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    Well then in that case, it is obvious that study halls differ from school to school. At my high school, they obviously supervised you, but you could read a leisure book or do homework or whatever. We couldn't leave school grounds (good ol' Catholic schools) though.
     
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    Not ubiquitously. It just implies it to you because that's what you experienced. I had a completely different experience, so when I hear study hall, I think of it as just 'free time'.

    If we had enough credits and whatever, we could opt to take a 'study hall' time. But we weren't required to actually go anywhere - it was just time off.
     
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    Yeah right! Like you can even remember high school.
    You lie. I know you lie. Because I am you!
     
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    Truth. I can barely remember yesterday. I don't know where those random high school memories came from - probably totally unreliable. :)
     
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