Vet school is a couple of years off for me, because I'm a junior in undergrad, and will need to take at least a year to finish pre-reqs and get enough experience (and so am looking at taking 2 years off in total). But it's been a year and a half since my last vet job (kennel worker at a ****ty SA hospital), and I'm realizing that it would probably behoove me to start working again. So with that said, I have a couple of questions. I go to a school that is said to have one of the hardest workloads for undergraduates. Next year I'll be working on my (mandatory for graduation) thesis. So I'm a little hesitant about committing to a job that may compromise the time I have for academics. I was thinking about at least trying to set up some shadowing, but I was wondering if there are people out there who decided not to work at a vet job during undergrad so that they wouldn't compromise their much needed study time. Are most veterinarians familiar with pre-vet students asking to shadow them? I think one of the things I hate most in life is asking for jobs, and the idea that I'd be asking someone if I can follow them around like an annoying younger sibling while they try to go about their job doesn't seem very appealing. I realize I'm going to have to get over myself and just go ask for shadowing opportunities, but I'm wondering if someone can dispel my fears of them looking at me like I'm crazy and bothering them. And finally - I'm really interested in pursuing a career in veterinary public health, and am looking at some combined DVM/MPH programs (mostly Colorado State and Tufts). Tufts website doesn't really say anything about having experience in public health, but Colorado State's website said that "Previous experience in advanced academic studies related to Public Health, Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and related fields is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and preference will be given to those with more extensive experiences." So I'm thinking that besides taking a course or two in epidemiology and/or public health, I should try to get some practical experience involving veterinarian public health, and was wondering if anyone had any advice for what types of jobs I should be looking to get. Or by extensive experiences is Col. State referring more to just the academic aspect?