I'm a junior at a private women's college in Massachusetts. I've been pre-med since I can remember, but have always had the itch to consider veterinary school. It was on my mind since around freshman year, but I was so hooked on past ideals of being an MD that I kind of just thought of veterinary science as something "I would like to do if I could." Well, now I'm realizing I can and it's not too late. I think what really pushed me over the tipping point was a study abroad trip to the Galapagos Islands last fall.. let's just say I was completely amazed at everything there was to see there. So eagerness to go: check, pre-vet classes: check (sort-of, I have pre-med classes but there are a few random pre-vet classes that some schools would like that I haven't taken), experience and whatever else: nothing. What do I DO from here? I have two years of research experience- logging about 1000 hours in two research labs (quantum chemistry is the first, neuroscience lab is the second) by next fall. I will be writing a thesis and am one of the few students in my department doing this. I have ER experience, I've volunteered in a Bronx inner city school for 400 hours, but as far as vet-type things go, I have zilch. I already plan on taking a year off after I graduate to just catch up to everybody else, but what should I be doing between now and the end of that gap year? I will be working FT in my neuroscience research lab this summer, and am going to try to contact a local vet for shadowing experience. I have one in mind who does wildlife rescue but I don't know where that is headed. We don't really have a pre-vet association here, but there is one at a nearby state school. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Oh, and I have a 3.8 GPA, 3.65 sGPA.. hoping to raise both next year.