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- Mar 31, 2009
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Yeah, that's how I interpreted it as well. You can put all the experience that you may not have letters for on VMCAS, but all Cornell will count is what you put on your supp app, and you must have a letter to back up any of what you put there.Hello,
Basically for every veterinary, research, or animal related experience that you list on the CORNELL supp application you MUST supply a recommendation/evaluation letter to back it up. Now these recommendation/evaluation letters can come in any form. They can be submitted via VMCAS (you're limited to 5 here). Through Cornell's electronic internet recommendation portal (on the supplemental), or by snail mail. They don't care how you get it to them as long as they get it.
i guess it varies by situation b/c in my shadowing experience i have helped a lot and asked lots of questions which stimulated really interesting conversations. if you aren't allowed to help with anything maybe engage in conversation...that could help establish a relationship with the evaluator.Thanks everybody for the responses! And yes, I do believe this is a big pain in the *** but I just asked the vet I shadow for a letter of recommendation/evaluation today. But.... I don't see how someone who has observed you shadowing them can write a strong letter about their observations of you in a clinical setting given that you have no duties as a shadow (at least, in my case)...
Thank you!! This makes me feel a lot better... I was starting to lose all hope for Cornell. It's my in-state so I especially can't eff THIS one up.as for having things on VMCAS that you don't have on the cornell supplemental - don't sweat it. it's completely understandable that you gained experience before you realized you'd be applying to vet school and now you don't feel comfortable asking for an evaluation.
She was probably confused because there are questions about your ability to handle animals, but she could just put N/A and then make a note that you were shadowing and not working in the clinic with her. Since it's the same form for any evaluator (including professors and non-vet employment) it's understandable that some people are not going to know anything about your animal handling skills... my boss at work (people hospital) came up to me after she'd submitted the letter and said, "I didn't put anything for the animal handling questions because I didn't know what to put, other than that you came into work crying when your rabbit was sick. Don't worry, I didn't put that."Yeah, I do talk to the vet and ask her plenty of questions about every case I see and the vet profession in general, but when I showed her the guideline questions that are useful for letters of recommendations, she was pretty confused and said many couldn't be applied to me because I only shadow...