How many hours of experience should you have by the time you go to veterinary school? Do they need to be hours shadowing, or can they be hours working with animals? I have MANY hours working with equines/horses, so I was going to try to vary my experience. This summer, I will be training and showing my horses, and possibly those owned by others, but I am also considering working at a small animal clinic. It is a large clinic, and I have been offered a position there. It would include taking care of the animals -- walking dogs, etc. In addition, I am going to get some hours watching various surgeries. Will these hours look good on an application? I know they like applicants to have experience with more than one species. Is it okay if I have more hours working with the animals than actual job shadowing? How many job shadowing hours should I have? My advisor is not very helpful when it comes to this subject.. They do not allow you to switch advisors, and unfortunately, my advisor is not a pre-vet advisor. *** I have a few more questions.. 1) How far back should you record hours? (I do not know how to phrase this).. i.e. Can you use hours that you received in high school? I did a lot of volunteer work at a rescue in my early high school years (then I moved, and did not have that opportunity). 2) I was looking at someone's application today, and they included EVERY vet visit their vet made to their house.. Do those hours count? I mean, seriously, I have had some bad luck in the past, resulting in many vet visits.. So, I have several hours from those experiences..