Spinoff: I've been on SDN for 3 years, starting vet school this fall. AMA!

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  1. supershorty

    supershorty Minnesota c/o 2020ish 2+ Year Member

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    Spinoff thread from @I'm No Superman's med school AMA; I've been on these forums for a while and am starting a dual DVM/PhD program in August. I know I had a lot of questions about preparing for applying to vet school when I was just starting undergrad, and this site is such a good resource! I'd like to give back and answer questions that anyone has, so... ask me anything!

    Editing to add for those just tuning in: This was originally in the hSDN forum because it was the spinoff of a thread for high school students who wanted to aim for med school eventually. The OP of that thread and I thought a vet school one wouldn't be a bad idea for the same forum. It's since been moved to pre-vet, so now I look pretty stupid. Enjoy!
     
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Lifetime Donor SDN Chief Administrator 10+ Year Member

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    Shouldn't this go into the Pre-Vet forum?
     
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  4. Doktor Timo

    Doktor Timo 2+ Year Member

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    Finally, somebody who can answer questions about vet school!
     
  5. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow Skipping the light fandango 5+ Year Member

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    Lol. I was just thinking "thank goodness, since there are no current vet students or vets around!"
     
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  6. supershorty

    supershorty Minnesota c/o 2020ish 2+ Year Member

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    The reason I'd put it there (hSDN) was because there was a thread aimed at high schoolers who thought they wanted to aim for med school, and the OP of that thread and I thought a vet school one might be good too.

    Or, you know, the thread can get moved to pre-vet and I can look like an idiot. It's not the first time, sure it won't be the last.
     
  7. Coquette22

    Coquette22 Duel Monsters Vet C/O 2015 Silver Donor 7+ Year Member

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    I feel like this is a challenge...
     
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  8. Lupin21

    Lupin21 Do Not Disturb Staff Member Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

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    haha! Yup. This definitely had a better place in the high school forum since it is intimidating to come over to these forums. I was confused but went through and found out why you started it before jumping in the line as to what on earth you were thinking. Duallies gotta stick together!! :astronaut:
     
  9. Doktor Timo

    Doktor Timo 2+ Year Member

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    Yeah you're about to start vet school, so it definitely won't be the last. Maybe in a few years you can become a snarky ass like me!
     
  10. Winged Scapula

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    LOL...I'm sorry, that was not my intent, honestly.

    NO worries, I can move it back when I get home.
     
  11. Lupin21

    Lupin21 Do Not Disturb Staff Member Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

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    You are loved @Winged Scapula !
     
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    WhtsThFrequency 10+ Year Member

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    Spinoff: I've been on SDN for 3 years, starting vet school this fall. AMA!



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  13. I'm No Superman

    I'm No Superman Crushin' scones 5+ Year Member

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    Hi Supershorty! If I were an incoming freshman, and was dead set on becoming a vet, what would you recommend I do? What classes are required, tests do I have to take, and how can I differentiate myself from the standard vet applicant?
     
  14. Ashgirl

    Ashgirl Pokemon Academy c/o 2018! 2+ Year Member

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    I'm not Supershorty, but in my opinion, the most crucial thing I can suggest (besides doing well academically), is to get vet experience by shadowing or working for a vet. Especially if the person can get quality diverse experience (small animal, large animal, equine, wildlife/exotic, research are all different categories to get experience in). It's not only required (some schools have up to 400 hrs minimum and one of your Letter of Recommendations have to come from a vet), but it's also a fantastic way of immersing yourself in vet med and really seeing if this is the career for you.

    As for classes, it is similar to the requirements for med school, though each school can require slightly different things. A lot of the pre-reqs I can think of are things such as general biology I & II, gen chem I & II, Organic chem I & II, general physics I & II, biochemistry, humanities, microbiology, cell bio, communication and/or composition, etc.

    Most schools require the GRE exam, which focuses on writing (not always evaluated), math, and English/vocabulary.
     
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  15. supershorty

    supershorty Minnesota c/o 2020ish 2+ Year Member

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    @Ashgirl got to it before I did, so there's not much for me to say. The coursework for pre-vets pretty much is the same as that for pre-meds, although some vet schools require an animal nutrition course in addition to the other typical hard sciences. I will say that taking some unusual classes that sound interesting makes undergrad a lot more fun than just slogging through pre-reqs (I took some upper division sciences that I didn't need for any graduation requirements, but they sounded cool and were my favorite classes/springboards into my current work).

    GRE is required, I think maybe one or two schools will accept the MCAT, but GRE is more commonly used.

    And as Ashgirl said, having a lot of diverse veterinary experience is really, really important. I don't think the hours of shadowing to be competitive for med school are as high as for vet school (just going off what I've read on the SDN pre-allo forum, so that might be totally off base). The average applicant for vet school has hundreds, if not thousands of hours in the industry, and that's important, not just for admissions but also for knowing what the career really entails.
     
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    :laugh:

    I just got my 7 year trophy the other day....
     
  17. Fatalis

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    my g/f is a vet, just graduated and now practicing, she wouldn't mind if you guys ask questions and I relay it to her and reply with her answer
     
  18. Dream7Catcher

    Dream7Catcher I'm on a Horse

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    I don't think there's anything wrong with starting a Pre-Vet thread on hSDN. Others start Pre-Medical threads here. This is an opportunity to answer questions to our future generation... Who cares where those questions are answered?
     
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    Hey Supershorty, I am an International student who moved to Canada from India to do her B.Sc. I have volunteered at a veterinary clinic for 3 years and have shadowed the doctor for the last one year. The procedure to become a veterinarian is very different in India as in they don't require volunteering hours and thus I didn't keep track of my hours.How can I verify them? Also, I didn't do the best academically the first year. I mostly have C's in my science courses (12 credit hours) owing to the responsibility of finding myself a job, an apartment and everything that comes with settling in a completely different country. Although, my grades have been improving and I am doing very well. A lot of vet schools focus more on first-year science courses: Chem 1 and Chem 2, Biol 1 & 2 and require very few advanced life sciences courses while applying. Is there a way I could use second-year biology courses with similar course content for the application instead of first year courses that deal with the basics? eg: animal biology and ecology instead of Organismal and Ecological Biology?
     

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