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Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by VeterinaryLover, May 14, 2008.

  1. VeterinaryLover

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    What is a good number of schools to apply to?
    When should you fill out the applications and send them off?
    When should you take the GRE? If the score isn't high enough should I take it again?
    For the Experience, can I Volunteer at a shelter of something? What other things can be done for the experience?
     
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  3. VAgirl

    VAgirl UC Davis SVM c/o 2012
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    My # 1 suggestion to you is to locate the search function on this forum (hint, it's near the upper right corner of this page) and start searching for the answers to these questions. I promise you people have asked them here before, so you will find loads of answers that way.
     
  4. david594

    david594 The-OSU CVM c/o 2013
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    This varies for every individual and is based primarly on their ability to afford out of state schools, their willingness to take on the associated debt, and their family commitments.

    VMCAS applications become available beginning of summer the year before you plan to matriculate for US schools. So about a month from now for those of us applying to matriculate in Fall 09.

    Whenever you feel you are prepared. If your score isn't competitive, then retaking is definitely a good idea if you feel you can improve your score.

    You can volunteer at a shelter. But if the shelter doesn't have its own vet that you would be working for, it would only be considered "animal experience" as opposed to the "veterinary experience" required by veterinary schools.
     
  5. VeterinaryLover

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    twelvetigers no wake up time. sleepy time.
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    I would definitely recommend getting some experience at a vet clinic if at all possible. However, shelter and zoo work are also good, as well as research, especially if it's related to the field and is perhaps done under the supervision of a DVM. Get started quickly - you'll want to have a good amount of hours before applying, especially if you don't have a perfect GPA or can't manage brilliant GRE scores. There's no "secret formula" for getting in, but doing as much as you can to help yourself is always a good idea.

    Like VAGirl said, you should browse th older threads. LOTS of great info in there! The old threads can answer questions you aren't even asking yet. :)
     
  7. VAgirl

    VAgirl UC Davis SVM c/o 2012
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    Oh, and in terms of getting ideas for interesting vet experiences, check out the successful applicants thread. There are some folks who've done some really cool stuff that I never even would have thought of doing.
     
  8. VeterinaryLover

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    Where can I find that at....I had looked but I did't see it...
     
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    TCVM808 CSU PVM C/O 2012
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