I took two gap years between finishing undergrad and starting vet school. I didn't plan it that way, but it took me three tries applying to get accepted anywhere, and I used the time to build up experience hours. I worked part-time at an SA/exotics clinic, and also part-time in customer service because the clinic wasn't able to give me full-time hours, and I needed the money. I was miserable a lot those two years because both of my jobs had their drawbacks, I didn't have much free time, and I lost touch with a lot of my friends from undergrad. But in hindsight it was definitely beneficial in that I was forced to enter the "real world" and be financially independent, rather than just chugging straight from high school to undergrad to vet school. And I was able to live with my boyfriend for a year, so that was nice.Did you take a gap year? More than one year? What did you do, and how did it work out for you? Or what are you planning to do if you want to take a gap year(s) in the future?
I only had one professor that I felt comfortable asking for a letter of reference after being out of undergrad for 3 years. I just sent an email and asked. I would recommend you work to establish that relationship now so that you can do so later.How did you guys manage academic letters of rec? I'm considering applying at the end of my senior year of undergrad, so that I can take a gap year and start vet school the following year, and also get those academic letters the end of my senior year while I'm still in their heads and they know me. But if you've taken a couple years off, how do you get those? Mostly curious but also wondering for if my plans change or I take a different route.