SMP = Special Masters Program. It is like post baccalaureate programs where you take classes to raise your GPA. The difference is, SMP are specifically geared towards people who have done all of their science pre-reqs, but has been out of school for several years. SMP is more popular among aspiring medical students, pharm, and DO. Hence, nobody is responding here - prevet forum, but thanks for biting .
Because SMP is more popular in these applicants, I want to make sure that though it is a masters program, Vet adcoms wouldn't think I am interested in going to med school, or the likes. I just think it is a better program for me and will strengthen my science for Vet school while I get a degree
If you are interested in learning more... you should check the post bacc forum. Some of the people there are hard core and very organized.
Interesting... it sounds sort of like a coursework only master's? I have the impression that doing well in a coursework masters can be a good thing for applications, so it seems like this wold be too, but hopefully someone who knows will help you out!
I did a coursework Masters and got into a few vet schools on the first try. I as well am not sure what a SMP is, but I am very glad I did my one year coursework MS program, and am sure it will make my first year of vet school easier as well. My program was about half and half med vs vet wannabees, and the program was designed to be just that -- there was a human, veterinary or neurobiology concentration within it. So, I say do it. Mine was at Colorado State, and is called the MS-B or plan B masters. My diploma says MS Biomedical Science.
There are also some SMP's designed specifically for aspiring vet students like Drexel's VMS master's program.
I don't think doing one would hurt your application... I think it would help if you're looking to raise your GPA. If you're continuing to get vet experience on the side I think it would be easy to explain that vet school was your intention all along (rather than med school).
Caninerepro - You basically completed an SMP. As it's been mentioned, the SMP's are one year and typically geared towards pre-meds if their GPA is a little lower and not as competitive as it should be. Many times you are in some of the same classes as first year med students. Adcom's use it as a measuring stick of how you will do in med/vet/dental/pharm school.
To the OP, I think SMP's are a great option for those who want to 'prove' themselves, take some upper level courses and get a non-thesis masters. I think the only way they look bad is if you don't do well.