SkiOtter

c/o 2022
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First thread for 2024 I've seen up!
There’s a couple others already started! Search “2024” using “this forum” in the drop down menu in the search bar and select “search titles” and you should find them. And ones you’re applying to that haven’t been started, definitely start them yourself!! Someone’s got to!
 
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Old-Country-Vet-Tech

Professional Goat Wrangler and Pony Whisperer
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Dec 20, 2016
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Pre-Veterinary
So I wanted to share a thing. MSU said they like to see a narrative style of experience. What did it teach you, how did it help you grow, etc. Other schools like VmRcvm want bullet points etc. I think wisconsin also liked a narrative approach. I feel like putting down ehat you did as bullets ( job desc) and if you have extra space ( which I did) put down what impact the experience had.

For example I've been out of work not by choice after graduating but I have been working at a vet clinic for the homeless/needy.

I would put:

Job description:
- Assisted in restraint and exanimation
- Took vitals and collected patient info
- dispensed medications

Gathering patient info stengthened my taught me to speak clearly and concisely. Hostile clients taught me to defuse the situation. Working in a face paced emvironment made me flexible as a worker and adaptable. Talking to Distraught clients and helping the elderly with medication helped me to assess each clients needs with a fresh perspective.

Given this would be simplified a little more but I would talk to the schools you wish to apply to and see what they prefer.
 

doctor-who

UC Davis c/o 2024
Jan 25, 2019
182
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Pre-Veterinary
Given this would be simplified a little more but I would talk to the schools you wish to apply to and see what they prefer.
Thank you SO much for this information. I didn't even think to put personal growth statements in my experience section last round! Definitely will this time - thanks again!
 
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c0smopolitan

c/o 2023
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Sep 3, 2015
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So I wanted to share a thing. MSU said they like to see a narrative style of experience. What did it teach you, how did it help you grow, etc. Other schools like VmRcvm want bullet points etc. I think wisconsin also liked a narrative approach. I feel like putting down ehat you did as bullets ( job desc) and if you have extra space ( which I did) put down what impact the experience had.

For example I've been out of work not by choice after graduating but I have been working at a vet clinic for the homeless/needy.

I would put:

Job description:
- Assisted in restraint and exanimation
- Took vitals and collected patient info
- dispensed medications

Gathering patient info stengthened my taught me to speak clearly and concisely. Hostile clients taught me to defuse the situation. Working in a face paced emvironment made me flexible as a worker and adaptable. Talking to Distraught clients and helping the elderly with medication helped me to assess each clients needs with a fresh perspective.

Given this would be simplified a little more but I would talk to the schools you wish to apply to and see what they prefer.
I'd love to be able to do this since this is what they like to see, but most of my experiences don't have enough characters left to be able to type more than a few words =/
 

EngrSC

VMCVM c/o 2024!
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Jul 25, 2012
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I'd love to be able to do this since this is what they like to see, but most of my experiences don't have enough characters left to be able to type more than a few words =/
I listed the more important things I did (left off things like “trimmed nails”) and had room for 2 sentences to state something I learned. I didn’t elaborate on what I learned given the character limit but was able to say something like “I saw how acupuncture and Chinese herbs can complement traditional therapies.” The end.
 

c0smopolitan

c/o 2023
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Sep 3, 2015
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I listed the more important things I did (left off things like “trimmed nails”) and had room for 2 sentences to state something I learned. I didn’t elaborate on what I learned given the character limit but was able to say something like “I saw how acupuncture and Chinese herbs can complement traditional therapies.” The end.
Thank you, I took your advice and removed two of the lesser important items (filling prescriptions and communication over the phone) to add a few sentences about what I've learned at ER. (I also made a point to add what I learned to other experiences as well).
 
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melizabeth18

UC Davis c/o 2024
Sep 26, 2018
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Hey guys! 2nd time applicant, first time to Michigan State (OOS). I was wondering if anyone had some insight into what MSU typically prefers as far as evaluations go. The letters I have narrowed my choice down to and am deciding between are from (1) my graduate advisor/professor, (2) an equine vet I did research under, (3) a small animal vet/practice owner/surgeon, (4) or a second small animal vet I work for currently and have known for the last decade. I know that all of these evaluations are great and very personal, and I guess what I'm wondering is if they tend to prefer evaluations from vets (so 2, 3, and 4) or diversity of evaluator background (1, 2, and either 3 or 4). Thanks in advance for any advice!
 
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MSUcvmHOPE

Michigan State CVM c/o 2023
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Nov 3, 2015
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Hey guys! 2nd time applicant, first time to Michigan State (OOS). I was wondering if anyone had some insight into what MSU typically prefers as far as evaluations go. The letters I have narrowed my choice down to and am deciding between are from (1) my graduate advisor/professor, (2) an equine vet I did research under, (3) a small animal vet/practice owner/surgeon, (4) or a second small animal vet I work for currently and have known for the last decade. I know that all of these evaluations are great and very personal, and I guess what I'm wondering is if they tend to prefer evaluations from vets (so 2, 3, and 4) or diversity of evaluator background (1, 2, and either 3 or 4). Thanks in advance for any advice!
Michigan State (at least last year) likes to have your eLORs reflect your biggest/most important experiences (keep in mind what makes you unique - for me shadowing equine repro specialist). Last year only 1 needed to be a veterinarian, and they did not require any to be from a school related source.

(Ex: my biggest exp were - Horse Stable (eLOR from coworker, Equine Repro Specialist (vet eLOR), GP Small Animal Hospital (vet eLOR))

I got additional eLORs for other school apps but designated these for MSU.
 

meykai16dew

U of I c/o 2024
Sep 1, 2019
27
40
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Pre-Veterinary
Hey guys! This is my first year applying, good luck to everyone!! Anyone applying a second time around been told what they should have improved on for last year's application?
 
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Nov 2, 2018
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Hey guys! This is my first year applying, good luck to everyone!! Anyone applying a second time around been told what they should have improved on for last year's application?
It’s my first time applying here, BUT i did allly last year and got a review from other schools. They all basically told me that the application pool was really large last year. Nothing to really improve on.
 

Monty0526

MSU CVM c/o 2024
Dec 7, 2018
57
94
Has anyone received an email from MSU about having a complete application? I haven’t received anything from them but everything in my VMCAS says verified.
 

EngrSC

VMCVM c/o 2024!
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Jul 25, 2012
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Has anyone received an email from MSU about having a complete application? I haven’t received anything from them but everything in my VMCAS says verified.
I haven’t either and I submitted August 19th.
 

crazyshibalady

2+ Year Member
May 24, 2018
155
182
Has anyone received an email from MSU about having a complete application? I haven’t received anything from them but everything in my VMCAS says verified.
nothing yet! they are probably waiting until after the deadline maybe
 
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Does anyone know how Michigan State communicates with us? Is there a portal or will they email us, if there is a portal what is the address?
 

finnickthedog

Michigan State c/o 2021
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Oct 14, 2014
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Does anyone know how Michigan State communicates with us? Is there a portal or will they email us, if there is a portal what is the address?
Been awhile since I was applying but I think they still communicate via email.
 
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Monty0526

MSU CVM c/o 2024
Dec 7, 2018
57
94
Does anyone know how Michigan State communicates with us? Is there a portal or will they email us, if there is a portal what is the address?
Last year it was via email. We received a complete application email and then an email about them sending out invites to in state applicants.

Haven’t received anything yet however.
 
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Teepster87

MSU c/o 2020
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Sep 22, 2013
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Been awhile since I was applying but I think they still communicate via email.
We got letters mailed to us when I was applying. It was a much simpler time back then.
 
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MSUcvmHOPE

Michigan State CVM c/o 2023
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Nov 3, 2015
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Does anyone know how Michigan State communicates with us? Is there a portal or will they email us, if there is a portal what is the address?
Last year I received a confirmation of complete application in mid September, and didn't hear anything else till interview invites (IS) first week of November.
All correspondence was by email only.
 
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Jun 2, 2019
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Hi all,

I'm curious, how does MSU weigh GPA into admissions decisions? I've heard that once it's above a certain threshold, it's no longer a factor. I do have some very high quality work experience, albeit with not very many hours, so I was kinda hoping my grades would be able to tilt things in my favor LOL
 

JustPaws

Michigan State CVM c/o 2022
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Aug 2, 2017
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Hi all,

I'm curious, how does MSU weigh GPA into admissions decisions? I've heard that once it's above a certain threshold, it's no longer a factor. I do have some very high quality work experience, albeit with not very many hours, so I was kinda hoping my grades would be able to tilt things in my favor LOL
Pretty sure once you are above 3.0, that's cleared and they look at the rest of your application
 
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MSUcvmHOPE

Michigan State CVM c/o 2023
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Nov 3, 2015
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Hi all,

I'm curious, how does MSU weigh GPA into admissions decisions? I've heard that once it's above a certain threshold, it's no longer a factor. I do have some very high quality work experience, albeit with not very many hours, so I was kinda hoping my grades would be able to tilt things in my favor LOL
Yeah they said after interviews they look at your file (experiences, letters, essays) and your interview scores and that's it as far as I know.
I remember in my file review (after not getting invited to interview) I had asked if it was worth retaking another course for a higher grade over getting more experience and they said no. I made the cut off for grades so at that point it's much more important to have unique and supportive experiences.
 
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crazyshibalady

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May 24, 2018
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Anyone heard from MSU yet?? Haven’t heard anything since submitting still. Last year I got something within a week
 

crazyshibalady

2+ Year Member
May 24, 2018
155
182
Last year I got an email a few days after I submitted basically saying thanks for your app but I didn’t get one this time. I emailed them anyway just to confirm everything has been received
 
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c0smopolitan

c/o 2023
2+ Year Member
Sep 3, 2015
115
126
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Anyone heard from MSU yet?? Haven’t heard anything since submitting still. Last year I got something within a week
I haven't heard anything, I'm just trying not to think about it and assuming my first correspondence with them won't be until interview invites are sent out in ~5 weeks.
 
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c0smopolitan

c/o 2023
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It looks like the earliest interview date this year is December 13th, which is ~2.5 weeks later in comparison to last year (November 30th).
 
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