If you wanted to specialize in aquatic animal medicine, marine bio would be an excellent minor, and I would argue that it would actually help you quite a bit if you were to explain that in an interview.This may seem silly, but what would be a useful minor for undergrad? I was thinking about marine biology, simply because it sounds interesting, but is there one that would be more useful in vet school than others?
might consider public health (if it is available) if you have interests there. Business is another one that may give you useful knowledge for a vet career (even if you plan on working govt, NGO, Nonprof, etc.)Unless your degree isn't a science one then I don't think there are "useful" minors, just pick something you're interested in. I'm in a science program with a psych minor and I like it because after learning about the neuroscience of how the brain works, I get to learn about the behaviour and it helps me connect the two.
Overlap will depend on the curriculum of each program... requirements can vary widely. People also often do this because they want more exposure to (using your example) genetics without having to double major. Or maybe they just took enough 'extra' classes because they were interested in them and realized that they could get a minor out of it.But unless you are a non science major, there is no reason to minor in these things because you will be taking them already with your current major. I've known some people who do microbio degree with a minor in genetics, sooooooo redic in my opinion. Most of the classes overlap already.
This is true. Don't think that if you take random classes instead of minoring that they wont see it. They dissect every transcript for each student and will see if you took extra upper level sciences, dance, business, etc. I was a bio major and i took animal science classes too, this came up in my interview. I also took a business course (just curious in case i want to own my own practice), and a personal finance course (very helpful). They did notice these other classes even though none of them showed up as a minor.I agree that a "minor" does not necessarily help in the long run. One of my interviewers commented on the shere number of humanities/social science courses I have taken in college -- many of which I took just because they interested me or I thought would be helpful. (I'm a biology major who has tackled plenty of upperlevel science courses as well.) At the time of application, I did not put down a minor because in truth I had not decided yet -- could have easily minored in three different things (school will only allow double major or 1 major and 1 minor). So...it's good to show breadth and depth in your courseload regardless of a declared minor.
This. I say, use a minor this way, as an excuse to take classes in your non-vet/biology interests.I minored in anthropology. It will never help me in vet med. Ever. But I LOVED every class I took and had a 4.0 in my minor GPA. I loved it so I did great in the classes, which ended up helping my cGPA. I would def. minor only in classes that interest you.
I don't know about that. If you plan to work in any area that requires interaction with clients, the cultural perspectives you probably gained as an anthro minor are likely to be quite useful. You minored in humans and you will end up working with them as clients and/or coworkers, so why wouldn't it be useful?I minored in anthropology. It will never help me in vet med. Ever. But I LOVED every class I took and had a 4.0 in my minor GPA. I loved it so I did great in the classes, which ended up helping my cGPA. I would def. minor only in classes that interest you.
I couldn't agree more. Although I had a completely different track, I went to Wharton undergrad and used every free credit on taking as many biz classes as I could to get a good job and be prepared upon graduation.I agree that while you are an undergraduate, this is one of the best times to take random classes that just sound like fun. It gets a lot harder once you start specializing