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I know that research is a valued component of an application (although not necessary), I was just wondering what kind of research would be considered valuable? I have experience as a research assistant in a psychology lab, so not really animal related at all.
 

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Any research experience is a plus, especially if you were involved in grant writing or manuscript publication at all. Veterinary-related projects where you worked with DVMs would be ideal, but not necessary. My undergrad research experience was also non-animal related.
 
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I know that research is a valued component of an application (although not necessary), I was just wondering what kind of research would be considered valuable? I have experience as a research assistant in a psychology lab, so not really animal related at all.
Any research. If it’s animal-based, then that’s likely preferable, but I know people who never did animal-based research that got in. That being said, it doesn’t have to be in a lab with pipettes and PCR to be valuable. I did goat reproductive behavioral research. If anything, Interviewers found that really interesting and had a lot of questions about it. So it’s about what you gained from it, not so much the impact it had or the direct relevance to veterinary medicine.
 
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Mine is in a biosecurity research lab (through the vet school). But I mainly breed and sort mosquitoes for them. So animal related but not directly. They still seem to like it. In fact have to head there in a few!
 
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I applied with ~5000 research hours in a neuroscience lab that uses rodents. It is my current full time job and I am relying heavily on this aspect to help me get in since I've done surgeries on mice and have bred large scale colonies and have 5 published papers, 2 first author. I have extensive large animal experience since I grew up on a farm, but I'm hoping the research makes up for the fact that my veterinary hours are semi lacking. I think it'll help for some schools, I think other schools probably won't care as much.
 

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I know that research is a valued component of an application (although not necessary), I was just wondering what kind of research would be considered valuable? I have experience as a research assistant in a psychology lab, so not really animal related at all.
Any kind is valuable- you’re demonstrating an understanding of the scientific process, interest in problem-solving and contributing knowledge to society. Animal-based is great but definitely not necessary :)
 
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