psilovethomas

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Jan 9, 2010
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Since I started the official acceptances thread, I'll get this one started as well.
Although I am a member of the c/o 2016 through early admit, I think my stats apply to the c/o 2015 since I applied during the same application cycle.
Here it goes!

First time applicant, 19 years old, Female, Virginia resident.
Applied: Michigan State
Apps withdrawn: none
Still waiting: none
Interview: none
Accepted: Michigan State c/o 2016!

Cum GPA @ time of application: 3.69
Last 45 credit hrs: 3.69
Science GPA @ time of application: 3.58
GRE: 1200. 720q, 480v, 4.5 AW

Veterinary Experience:
-4 years as an assistant at a small animal hospital
-50 hours shadowing a LA vet

Animal Experience:
-100 hours fostering a hit and run stray
-20 hours working with and showing a beef heifer
-APVMA symposium wetlabs
-animal science lab TA

Extracurricular/Community Activities:
-National Honor Society in HS
-Science National Honor Society in HS
-MSU's Preveterinary Medical Association member
-Fundraisers through PVMA- dogwashes
-Volunteer at a therapeutic riding program
-Dog fostering
-Planned and hosted a fund raising event to pay for my foster dog's surgeries. Raised over $1,000.

eLORS:
2 vets from the SA hospital I've worked at for 4 years
My academic advisor who also taught one of the courses I took last semester

Awards and Honors:
Member of Michigan State U's Honors College
Honor's College scholarship
High school valedictorian
Other various awards from high school including VA state science and engineering fair, top German student, top science student, etc.

I am so excited to know that I have secured a spot in the c/o 2016. In order to matriculate, I must finish my prerequisites, finish my BS, and keep at least a 3.2. For more info on MSU's Veterinary Scholars Admission Pathway: http://cvm.msu.edu/student-informati...ission-pathway
Most of my awards and honors were from high school because I graduated in the class of 2009. I came to MSU with 23 AP credits and took 4 at a community college, totaling to 27, which put me at sophmore status when I enrolled last fall. Therefore, I am graduating with a BS in 3 years and only had 34 credits that counted toward my GPA when I applied (AP credits don't count towards GPA).

Woot!:D
 

rileyroo

Auburn 2014
Jun 22, 2009
1,080
2
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Veterinary Student
congrats on your acceptance, even though you titled it for c/o 2015 and you're c/o 2016. :) either way, it's an exciting feeling to already have that acceptance and just have to fulfill your matriculation requirements!

can't wait to see this thread and the official acceptances thread fill up from all of this year's applicants! good luck to all of you interviewing soon!
 

elkk

MSU CVM c/o 2015
Nov 22, 2010
19
0
East Lansing, MI
Status
Veterinary Student
Oh trust me, I'll totally be posting if/when I hear back from Michigan State. We weren't all as lucky as you; they're gonna make us wait it out. :annoyed:
 
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psilovethomas

psilovethomas

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I only bumped it because someone mentioned stats on another thread. Sorry guys! No rush!:oops:
 

LittleWiz

Transitioning..
Jul 17, 2010
279
0
Status
Pre-Veterinary
That was me that mentioned it. Sorry for jumping the gun :cool:

However, there are quite a few people who have been accepted already. Congrats to you all!
 

Jakesmom

Ohio State CVM c/o 2015!!
Dec 6, 2009
125
0
Cleveland, Ohio
Status
Veterinary Student
I know people don't usually post on here until they have heard from all their colleges, but since I've heard all I need to hear, here we go...

First time applicant, 30 years old, Female, Ohio resident.
Applied: Ohio State, Wisconsin
Apps withdrawn: Wisconsin
Interview: Ohio State
Accepted: Ohio State!!!!!!! Go Bucks!

Cum GPA @ time of application: 3.65 (3.53 during Undergrad 1998-2002; 3.86 during post-undergrad science work 2009-2010) I wrote in my explanation section that I felt my most recent grades were more indicative of my capabilities since they are what I was able to earn while commuting 1 hour each way to school, working 30 hrs/week and performing various volunteer work.
Last 45 credit hrs: 3.86
Science GPA @ time of application: 3.86
GRE: 1360. 780q, 580v, 4.0 AW

Veterinary Experience:
-3000 hours working as an assistant at a SA hospital
-28 hours shadowing an equine vet
-70 hours shadowing at a different SA hospital (newer equipment, cooler procedures)

Animal Experience:
-25 hours volunteering at a horse stable
-29 hours volunteering at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Wildlife Resources Center

Employment (those I felt were important to acknowledge here as they were mentioned in my interview):
-5 years teaching High School Mathematics
-6 months as Industrial Roofer
-2 years as Building Manager of my university's Student Union Center

Extracurricular/Community Activities:
-Alpha Phi Omega Co-ed Service Fraternity, Service Week Chairperson
-Summer sand volleyball
-Softball (co-ed and traveling women's team)
-Volunteer with adults with developmental disabilities
-NHS in HS
-Various other HS clubs/sports

eLORS:
-2 vets from the SA hospital I've worked at for 2 years
-1 vet I shadowed for 70 hours. She is also close family friend and has known me nearly my entire life. I felt she could serve as a personal reference as well as professional.

Awards and Honors:
-Teacher of the Year 2007
-Dean of Student's Citation for volunteering with American Red Cross 9/11 disaster relief effort
-Dean's list multiple times
-YWCA Bright Futures of America
-Several college scholarships
-Other various awards from high school

:luck:Good luck to all my fellow non-trad brothers & sisters :D
 

Jakesmom

Ohio State CVM c/o 2015!!
Dec 6, 2009
125
0
Cleveland, Ohio
Status
Veterinary Student
Thanks SoV!! I couldn't have done it without your help!!! Big thanks as well to my other fabulous PS readers, RunTheWorld & badcats!!!
 

EllieGirl89

Ohio State CVM c/o 2015!
Sep 1, 2010
1,275
8
Columbus, OH
www.facebook.com
Status
Veterinary Student
First time applicant, 21 years old, Ohio resident.
Undergrad: AS & AA at Lorain County Community College; BS in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science from The Ohio State University
Applied, Interviewed, and Accepted: Ohio State!!!

GPA at time of application: 3.57
Last 45 credit hours: 3.67
Math/Science GPA: 3.3ish (my calculation)
GRE: 1200, 550 V, 650 Q, 4.5 AW

Veterinary Experience:
-240 hours as a veterinary assistant at a rural mixed animal practice
-60 hours working recovery at a low cost spay/neuter clinic
-90 hours as a veterinary assistant at a dog kennel
-40 hours shadowing a canine theriogenologist
-24 hours shadowing a large animal vet

Animal Experience:
-30 hours with Equine Production class foaling out mares and training young horses
-20 hours with the Ohio State Hunt Seat Equestrian Team
-10 hours training and showing a dairy heifer for the Buckeye Royal Competition
-900 hours as a lodging attendant at Forever Friends Pet Care Center and Animal Hospital
-1125 hours at Black River Stables cleaning stalls, working with young horses, caring for pregnant mares, and breaking and training two year old horses.
-2960 hours at Wellington Equestrian Center cleaning stalls, caring for horses, and running the Girl Scout Camp
-600 hours at Moonlight Farms cleaning stalls, feeding, and caring for geriatric horses in retirement
-5160 hours caring for and training my horses for 4H projects and competitions (over 7 years with multiple horses)
-232 hours at Muddy Creek Farm having horseback riding lessons when I was a kid

Honors and Awards
-Several scholarships, Dean's List, Honor Roll in high school, etc
-Several 4H and horse showing awards
-Graduated from my community college with Honors (an A.S. and A.A.)
-Graduated high school top 10% of my class, NHS, etc.

Community Activities
-Running 5ks
-Ohio State University Animal Science Quadrathlon
-Publicity Chair of Ohio State Pre-Veterinary Medical Association
-Relay for Life
-Varsity Softball, Drama Club, Youth4Youth, and FCS in High School
-8 year member of the Central Ohio Saddle Club Association

Evaluation Letters:
-The small animal vet I worked with at the mixed animal practice
-The large animal vet I worked with at the mixed animal practice
-The barn manager of Black River Stables

You guys it CAN be done!! I hope this gives a little bit of faith to people with mediocre math/science GPAs and low veterinary experience hours! Make yourself stand out in other ways and you will totally be an attractive applicant. I am also living proof that you CAN do half of your undergrad/most of your pre-req's at a community college and still get into vet school!

PS, in case any future gay people want to know, I included my homosexuality (in a relevant manner) in both my supplemental application and in my interview. Ohio State doesn't seem to mind ;)
 
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hunterjumper12

NCSU c/o 2015!
Aug 4, 2010
310
0
Status
Veterinary Student
Congrats Ellie! I got really excited when I logged on and saw that you had posted on this thread because I knew that meant that you got in :)
 

pennyonthefloor

OSU CVM c/o 2015!!!!!!
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jan 17, 2008
346
1
O-H-I-O
Status
Pre-Veterinary
Third time is the charm....
Applied to: OSU, MSU, Purdue, Illinois. Rejected to MSU, haven't heard from Purdue and Illinois.... Interviewed, and Accepted: Ohio State!!!

GPA at time of application: 3.1
Last 45 credit hours: ~3.5
Math/Science GPA: < 3.0
GRE: 1050 AW: 4.5

(Mind you- all through undergrad and grad school I've had at least a full time job, if not a full time AND a part time job, foster dogs and volunteered at least 8 hours a week........ if this isn't 'well rounded' I don't know what is!)

Veterinary Experience:
-90 hours shadowing/assisting small animal vet
-1180 hours working at a small animal clinic
-1675 hours volunteering at an animal shelter assisting vet
-6 hours zoo/wildlife experience (tagging osprey, AI of Przewalski's wild horse)
-6 hours with faculty (preparing animals for dissection)
-16 hours shadowing large animal (dairy) vet
-4 hours at small animal clinic (fourth grade- got me hooked!)

Animal Experience:
-Who knows how many hours- foster mom for 3+ years. Successfully placed 9 dogs. 24/7 responsibility (difficult to quantify this one)
-Raised Nigerian dwarf goats
-Internship for a summer raising and releasing osprey to the wild
-Adoption ambassador for a feline rescue for a summer

Honors and Awards
-Dean's List a handful of times, Honor Roll in high school, etc
-Member of Presidential Classroom in 2003
-Received the "Energizer Bunny" award from the group I foster for last year (Perhaps the honor I'm most proud of!)

Community Activities
-Maintain social media resources for foster organization
-Church conventions (workgroups, service projects)
-Organize/manage adoption events for foster organizations
-Maintain the weekly pet transport list for foster organization

Evaluation Letters:
-Veterinarian at low cost spay/neuter clinic I volunteered for
-Veterinarian- head of my MPH program
-President and co-founder of rescue organization I foster for

(I know there's probably more I'm forgetting to list here....)

Just like EllieG.... don't give up hope just because your grades may not be the best. I'm not saying to blow off your GPA... it matters... exceptions exist and I'm proof of that.

I have a lot of proving to do in the next four years and I'm ready for the challenge!
 

nyanko

total trash mammal
10+ Year Member
Sep 8, 2006
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PS, in case any future gay people want to know, I included my homosexuality (in a relevant manner) in both my supplemental application and in my interview. Ohio State doesn't seem to mind ;)
I was wondering about this, actually. Thanks for letting us know. :)

Congratulations (to you, and to others who posted here so far as well)!!
 

LivestockDoc

I speak 4 the cows!
10+ Year Member
Sep 27, 2008
691
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PS, in case any future gay people want to know, I included my homosexuality (in a relevant manner) in both my supplemental application and in my interview. Ohio State doesn't seem to mind ;)
Kudos to you, EllieG, for taking the risk. And big brownie points to Ohio. :thumbup:
 
Jun 4, 2009
8
0
Status
Pre-Veterinary
23 YO
Applied to: OSU, Auburn, Penn, Michigan
Interviewed, and Accepted: OSU
Auburn Interview in Feb. Waiting to hear back from MSU and hoping for interview at Penn

GPA at time of application: 3.56
Last 45 credit hours: ~3.85
Math/Science GPA: ~3.5
GRE: 1110 AW: 4.5

Worked prob 25 hrs a wk during undergrad

Veterinary/Research Experience:
~25 hrs volunteering at Rood and Riddles NICU caring for recumbent foals
~450 hrs working for equine vet at Keeneland Race Course
~2200 hrs working at equine hospital
~1600 hrs working at Maine Chance Research Farm
~1030 hrs completing my research for USDA forage animal production research unit
~1010 hrs working at SA/exotic clinic
Spent time shadowing specialists as well (neurologist, ophthalmologist, internist)

Animal Experience:
~30 hrs volunteering at SA shelter
~1300 hrs Gainesway Farm
Also worked on several other farms growing up, worked Fasig Tipton sales, and did TOBA breeding clinic

Honors and Awards
-Dean's List a bunch, research published, research grant, a couple small scholarships, soccer letters (mentioned that I played in the Gothia Youth World Cup too), and some other unimportant things

Community Activities
-Kentucky's Pre-Vet Club President, Alpha Zeta Chronicler, Omicron Delta Kappa Scholarship Chair, peer tutor, member or SPUR (Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research), volunteered at special needs elementary school (was actually community service I had to do but I threw it on there ha), Akron City Hospital Volunteer, some other stuff--don't feel like typing it all

Evaluation Letters:
-Equine Vet
-SA/Exotic practice vet
-Ruminant Microbiologist from USDA that mentored me
 
Jul 5, 2010
28
0
Status
Pre-Veterinary
Kentuckyboy, I'm from Ky too (WKU). I was wondering when u heard back from auburn???
 

drwildlife

SGU Class of 2017?
Dec 27, 2010
337
0
Arkansas
Status
Pre-Veterinary
Penny, you're an inspiration! I've had many family members sick with cancer in the past few years. Helping them and dealing with their losses distracted me greatly and my GPA suffered for it. Luckily, I'm back up to a 3.00 and have 1000s of hours of experience under my belt. Thanks for showing it is possible!
 

tuckervet

KSU C/O 2015
7+ Year Member
Mar 23, 2010
747
55
KS
Status
Pre-Veterinary
Not sure that I have the format right for this. If anything is confusing or unclear, feel free to ask me to clarify!

p.s. can't believe I'm actually posting on this thread!!!

Second time applicant, 25 years old, Female, Pennsylvania resident.
Applied: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Purdue, Washington, Western, RVC
Apps withdrawn: Minnesota, Michigan, Western
Interview: Illinois, Kansas State, RVC
Accepted: Illinois, Kansas State, RVC

Cum GPA @ time of application: 3.34 (undergrad Colgate University, post bacc at UPenn)

Last 45 credit hrs: 3.37 or 3.42 depending on where cut off is (less than 45 credits is one score, adding one more course makes it more than 45 credits)
Science GPA @ time of application: 2.98
GRE: 1370. 790q, 580v, 5 AW

Veterinary Experience:

- estimated 2,700 hrs as a tec/receptionist at a small animal hospital
-60 hours shadowing a LA vet

- 368 hours shadowing SA vet (320 at one office during high school internship, 48 during a semester in college with a different office)
- 18 hrs volunteering at spay/neuter feral cat clinic (was just starting this position when app was submitted)Animal Experience:
-80 hours volunteering at animal shelter


Employment (mentioned here because schools mentioned their relevance)
- 260 hours chem lab TA
- 400 hours child care provider

Extracurricular/Community Activities:
- volunteer tutor (high school and freshman year)

- pet pals student club (college)
- organized book and toy drive (high school)
-volunteer at children's hospital (high school)
- key club (high school)
- hobbies (horseback riding, piano, reading, cooking, water skiing, snow skiing)
eLORS:

1 vet from the SA hospital I've worked at (on and off, due to school schedule) for 5 years
My academic adviser for my English major

Professor from my post bacc program (didn't know me as well, but best option for a more recent academic reference, and a science-related academic ref.)

Awards and Honors:

Dr.Aronfreed Pre-Veterinary Scholarship

Graduated undergrad with High Honors
Phi Eta Sigma
Dean's List 12/06 and 05/07
 
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drwildlife

SGU Class of 2017?
Dec 27, 2010
337
0
Arkansas
Status
Pre-Veterinary
Come on guyssssss, I know more people got accepted than this. I'm sure most are still waiting to hear back from other schools but, I'd love to see where everyone stands right now. Let us hear it! :D
 

elkk

MSU CVM c/o 2015
Nov 22, 2010
19
0
East Lansing, MI
Status
Veterinary Student
First time applicant, 19 years old, Male, Michigan resident.
Applied and Accepted: Michigan State, Go Green!

GPA at time of application: 3.86
Last 45 credit hours: 3.86
Math/Science GPA: 3.89
GRE: 1300, 500 V, 800 Q, 5.0 AW

Veterinary Experience:
-4000+ small animal

Honors and Awards
-Dean's List, Honor's College
-Eagle Scout

Community Activities
-Volunteering with Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts

Evaluation Letters:
-Small animal vet I worked with
-Organic 1/2/Lab professor.
-Arts and Humanities professor

No bachelors degree for me, just jumping straight into vet school. I was 19 when I applied but got my letter 2 days after my 20th birthday. Same as psilovethomas, I didn't actually have 45 GPA credits when I applied, so my cumulative and last 45 were the same.
 

squirrelsrule

Ohio State CVM c/o 2016!
7+ Year Member
Jan 7, 2011
1,461
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Ohio
Status
Veterinary Student
First time applicant, 19 years old, Male, Michigan resident.
Applied and Accepted: Michigan State, Go Green!

GPA at time of application: 3.86
Last 45 credit hours: 3.86
Math/Science GPA: 3.89
GRE: 1300, 500 V, 800 Q, 5.0 AW

Veterinary Experience:
-4000+ small animal

Honors and Awards
-Dean's List, Honor's College
-Eagle Scout

Community Activities
-Volunteering with Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts

Evaluation Letters:
-Small animal vet I worked with
-Organic 1/2/Lab professor.
-Arts and Humanities professor

No bachelors degree for me, just jumping straight into vet school. I was 19 when I applied but got my letter 2 days after my 20th birthday. Same as psilovethomas, I didn't actually have 45 GPA credits when I applied, so my cumulative and last 45 were the same.
Very impressive, way to go :thumbup:
 

kaydubs

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Gold Donor
7+ Year Member
Nov 9, 2010
7,992
6,620
Pennsylvania
Status
Veterinarian
On my honor, I will post on this soon. I'm still really shocked to be among the accepted (got an email from Oregon last night and haven't even had the chance to read it - my email wasn't working last night & found out via my boyfriend). It feels surreal and I'm gonna go to the gym & blast off some of the fogginess I feel right now. LOVE!
 
Jan 9, 2011
8
0
Status
Pre-Veterinary
Hey guys! I know more people have been accepted than this. Please post your stats if you feel comfortable doing so. It really helps those of us who are going to be applying in the coming years.

And congrats to all who have been accepted! :D
 

cuitlamiztli

onward and upward
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Feb 19, 2008
2,155
38
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Veterinarian
Hey guys! I know more people have been accepted than this. Please post your stats if you feel comfortable doing so. It really helps those of us who are going to be applying in the coming years.
People tend not to post here until they've heard from all of their schools. Patience!
 

BuggerDoodle

AU C/O 2015
7+ Year Member
Jan 27, 2010
84
0
AL
Status
Veterinary Student
People tend not to post here until they've heard from all of their schools. Patience!
I couldn't agree more! I know I'm waiting to hear back from the rest of my schools and make a decision as to where I'm going before I'll post my stats but I promise they will be on here, sometime in April!

Here's a link to last year's thread if you want to see more stats.
http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=689494
 

Evie1923

OSU-CVM c/o 2015!!!
Jul 31, 2010
61
2
Columbus, OH
Status
Veterinary Student
Since I've already decided on my school...;)

Second time applicant, 24 years old, Female, Ohio resident.
Applied: Ohio State
Interview: Ohio State
Accepted: Ohio State

Overall GPA: 3.66
Last 45 credit hrs: 3.64 (I used my graduate work, not undergrad to calculate)
Science GPA: 3.86
GRE: 1280. 760q, 520v, 4.0 AW

Veterinary Experience:
~2200 (100 at a large animal hospital, 2000 at a small animal/exotic animal hospital, 100 through an animal response team led by a veterinarian)


Animal Experience:
~1175 (24 foreign animal disease training/equine/large animal emergency response training, 200 as an animal care intern at the Philadelphia Zoo, 950 at a kennel)


Research experience:
~260 at the ODA's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory that culminated in my master's thesis

Extracurricular/Community Activities:
-College Orientation Leader
-Scholars in Service volunteer program
-Franklin County (Ohio) Medical Reserve Corps
-Ungrad's Community Standards Board
-Ohio Region #4 Animal Response Team
-Volleyball (indoor)
-NHS and other HS clubs

eLORS:
-1 from my advisor for my Master's program
-1 from the program director of my Master's program
-1 from a counselor/career advisor at OSU's Younkin Success Center who I spent much time with over the past year tweaking my veterinary application and essays


Awards and Honors:
-Geneva P. Freeman Volunteer Scholarship
-Dean's list multiple times
- 2008 Star (Employee) of the Year award
-2008 Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
-science fair and other academic awards from high school
 

anjabryn

7+ Year Member
Nov 6, 2009
122
5
New York, New York
howigotintoveterinaryschool.com
Status
Veterinary Student
Since I've already decided on my school...;)


eLORS:
-1 from my advisor for my Master's program
-1 from the program director of my Master's program
-1 from a counselor/career advisor at OSU's Younkin Success Center who I spent much time with over the past year tweaking my veterinary application and essays

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For some reason I thought at least one eLOR had to be from a Veterinarian, but if not thats pretty cool.
 

rosyreef

Cornell CVM c/o 2015
5+ Year Member
Feb 22, 2010
90
0
Status
For some reason I thought at least one eLOR had to be from a Veterinarian, but if not thats pretty cool.
If she's in OSU'S MPH-VPH program (which I believe she is), at least the program director is a veterinarian :)
 

favhrnstr

VMRCVM c/o 2015!
Oct 5, 2010
44
1
Virginia
Status
Pre-Veterinary
First-time applicant, 27 years old, Female, Virginia resident.
Applied: Ohio State, Penn, VMRCVM
Interview: Ohio State, Penn, VMRCVM
Accepted: Ohio State, Penn, VMRCVM (I was as shocked as anyone to go 3 for 3!)
Where I'm going: VMRCVM!

Degrees:
BS Biology, Minor in Psychology, 2006
MAEd Community College Education (Biology), 2009

Numbers:
Overall GPA: 3.43
Last 45 credits GPA: 3.92
All science GPA: 3.34
Pre-req science GPA: 2.87 (Unfortunately, as a biology major, my prereq courses were very early on when I goofed around. Obviously I got my act together by junior year of undergrad, then kicked butt in grad school, and the vet schools apparently noticed!)
GRE: 1360: 770q, 590v, 5.0 AW

Veterinary Experience:
~950, all small animal.
-550 at my dad's practice in 2003-2004 as an assistant
-100 as a volunteer at several places in 2010
-300 in my current job as an overnight emergency technician (unlicensed)
Animal Experience:
~585 as a kennel worker at my local Humane Society
~40 as part of my herpetology class in graduate school (lots of field work)

Research Experience:
~900 in undergraduate research on salamander reproduction/behavior
~First-author publication based on my undergraduate research

Work Experience: (I think this was important as a non-traditional applicant)
~A&P instructor (2 semesters)
~Study skills instructor (4 semesters)
~A&P teaching assistant (2 semesters)
~Writing tutor (4 semesters)
~Several years of retail experience, including management

Extracurricular/Community Activities:
I'm pretty boring since working full-time (or working PT while in school FT), so I had a few charities with minimal experience. I also included music groups from college.

Awards and Honors:
Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society (2009)
My publication (2007)
Undergraduate Poster Competition Award Winner at the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual Meeting (2006)
Multiple Dean's lists (2002-2006)
National Merit Finalist (2002)
Scholarships for undergraduate school
Senior awards and honor societies from high school

eLORS:
1 from my mentor for undergraduate research
2 from vets I work with currently
(OSU actually questioned why I used two such recent contacts for recommendations. Truthfully, one original reference from volunteering backed out, but I told them that the fact these DVMs were willing to write recommendations after only a few months spoke to my aptitude and abilities. And these recommendations were personal, not generic ones from people I haven't talked to in 6 years!)

Personal Statement:
As a non-traditional student with some rough grades on my undergrad transcript and history of career changes, I feel my personal statement needed to address my short-comings. Perhaps this can help someone else in a similar position.
Key points:

  1. As the daughter of a vet, I truly understand the lifestyle. I understand the hours, stresses, rewards, and disappointments better than most.
  2. I screwed up with my classes fresman and sophomore years. I flat-out admit that I wasn't focused and lacked maturity at that time.
  3. I gave up on my dream of becoming a vet because of some bad grades. The other science-related careers I've tried (research and teaching) weren't satisfying enough, and now I'm back where I should be.
 
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lareinesoleil

WSU CVM c/o 2015!!!
Sep 15, 2010
327
0
great state of WA
Status
Veterinary Student
First time applicant, 26 year old female, Washington State resident.
Applied: WSU, CSU
Interview: WSU
Accepted: WSU!

Degree: BA in French with minors in Japanese and Art History

GPA: 3.78
Science GPA: 3.62

Honors and Awards:
Graduated summa cum laude
Outstanding Senior for my major

GRE Scores:
Verbal: 640
Quant: 590
Analytical Writing: 4

LOR's:
-My French professor
-2 veterinarians from the emergency clinic (my father was/is the vet at both of the small animal clinics I worked in...didn't think the adcoms would consider him an objective LOR ;))

Veterinary Experience:
-1000 hours small animal experience (mostly kennels, worked up to assistant work)
-3000 hours small animal experience (assistant and receptionist)
-200 hours small animal emergency (receptionist)

Animal Experience:
-Dog Training - agility as a hobby and also assisting in CGC classes, working at trials, etc
-Horseback Riding - again, as a hobby for about 3 years
 
Sep 29, 2010
50
0
Atlanta
Status
Veterinary Student
Thanks everyone for posting! It's truly helpful to those trying to shape their future application. Congrats to everyone and I hope to see a lot more posts soon!
 

broncogal12

WSU c/o 2015
Jun 5, 2010
43
0
Status
Veterinary Student
First time applicant, 20 year old female, ID resident
Applied: WSU, Kansas State, University of Illinois
Interview: WSU, K-State (declined)
Rejected: Illinois
Accepted: WaSU!!!

Degree: Biology

Cumulative GPA: 3.76 (4.0 last semester!)
Science GPA: 3.6ish (improved now!)

GRE Scores:
Verbal: 460
Quant: 570
Analytical Writing: 4.5
Overall: 1030, 53% -yup, that's no typo, i SUCK at standardized tests.

Honors and Awards:
Phi Kappa Phi and other honors clubs
various scholarships
dean's list

Animal Experience:
4-H Horse (probably more, i practically lived on my horse) 4500 hours
Therapy Dogs Inc 100 hours
Volunteer Riding Ranch (Teaching riding lessons) 150 hours

Veterinary Experience:
Small animal clinic 1450 hours at time of application
Mixed animal clinic 50 hours

Community Activities/Hobbies:
Poll Worker
volunteer homeless shelter
playing music

LOR's:
-Veterinarian from SA clinic
-O-chem professor and scholarship professor/coordinator
 

idahoequestrian

WSU CVM c/o 2015!
Dec 27, 2010
39
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Status
Veterinary Student
First time applicant, 21 year old female, ID resident
Applied: WSU, UPenn, Oregon State
Interview: WSU (haven't heard from Penn or Oregon yet)
Rejected: N/A
Accepted/Attending: WSU!

Degree: Biology, English minor

Cumulative GPA: 3.31
Last 45 semester hour GPA: 3.6ish
Science GPA: 3.0

GRE Scores:
Verbal: 630
Quant: 590
Analytical Writing: 5.0
Overall: 1220, 80% Cumulative Score

Honors and Awards:
Various scholarships
Deans's List
High School Awards

Animal Experience:
2300 hours riding and training
200-300 pet-sitting

Veterinary Experience:
Small animal clinic: 500 hrs
Equine clinic: 600 hrs

Community Activities/Hobbies:
President of Pre-Vet Club
President of Sigma Alpha Iota, Women's Music Fraternity
President of the Dorian Singers, Choir
Secretary of Biology Honors Society
Biology Course Assistant
Secretary of Academic Advising

LOR's:
Equine Veterinarian (worked for him for 3 summers)
Work Supervisor (worked for her for 3 years)
Biology Professor (had her for Animal Phys, also was her TA)
 

milkmaid

Class of 2015!
Jun 20, 2010
70
0
Wherever the wind blows
Status
Pre-Veterinary
First time applicant, 23 year old female, ID resident
Applied: WSU, Oregon, Kansas, Wisconsin
Interview: WSU, Kansas
Rejected: N/A
Accepted/Attending: WSU, Kansas, Oregon (haven't heard from WI yet)

Degree: B.S. in Animal & Vet Sciences

Cumulative GPA: 3.85
Last 45 semester hour GPA: 3.93
Science GPA: 3.7 or something close to that

GRE Scores:
Verbal: 510
Quant: 630
Analytical Writing: 4.0
(I didn't study - counting on my GPA here)

Honors and Awards:
Various scholarships and research grants
Deans's List, President's list
4H, Pony Club awards
Photography awards

Animal Experience:
4000 hrs on a dairy
500 hrs at cattle AI company
400 hrs as a wrangler at camp
300 hrs at relatives' ranch working beef cows and riding horses
couple thousand more miscellaneous hrs from raising own animals (85+ cows), 4H, livestock/pet sitting, Pony Club, attended two AI classes (2008/2010), college equestrian team, etc, etc

Veterinary Experience:
300 hrs in small/mixed/zoo clinics one summer
150 hrs in small animal clinic
1000 hrs with large animal/dairy vet
couple hundred more miscellaneous hours with other vets (30 here, 40 there, etc, both large animal and small animal vets)

My animal and vet experience was spread over several states too - I took several internships - and I had interviewers at KS and WSU comment on how much I'd traveled and done. It seemed to help.

Community Activities:
Raptor education center volunteer
4H dog obedience leader
Church pianist

Hobbies:
Photography, martial arts, dog training/showing (hunt tests, obedience, CGC, agility), snow- and water-skiing, square dancing, swing dancing, hunting.

LOR's:
Large animal veterinarian (personal vet - seen all my animals, known me since I was 13)
Anatomy/Physiology Professor (took his class, also work for him doing research)
Cattle repro specialist/DVM (worked with last summer)
Dairy boss (known me since I was 10, more of a personal letter)
 

awaring1

UCD Ireland c/o 2015
Jan 6, 2011
571
1
Upstate NY
Status
Veterinary Student
Congrats to everyone on here!

Also, I need to stop reading this thread. I am still waiting to hear back from five different schools (two of which I interviewed for) and I keep looking on this thread and becoming discouraged. :( My strength is in my well-roundedness and my extensive equine background, but I too goofed off my first two years and my GPA is not as high as it should be. Also, I was an idiot and took the GRE at the last possible date so I could not re-take it when I did not do so well. I keep looking at these stats thinking "oh ok, I don't have a chance."
 

goldnretrivrgrl

Penn Vet V'15
Apr 27, 2010
370
1
Dallas, Pennsylvania
Status
Veterinary Student
First time applicant, 22 years old, Female, Pennsylvania resident
Applied: Auburn, Colorado State, Ohio State, Minnesota, Michigan, LSU, Wisconsin, Penn, Illinois
Rejected: Colorado, Illinois
Interview: Ohio State, Penn, Auburn (declined), Minnesota (declined)
Waitlisted: LSU
Apps withdrawn: Wisconsin, Michigan, Auburn, Minnesota, LSU
Accepted: Ohio State, Penn
Attending: Penn!

Cum GPA @ time of application: 3.72
Last 45 credit hrs: 3.80
Graduating in May 2011 with a B.S. in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Biology
GRE: 1130. 540 (V), 590 (Q), 5.5 Writing

Veterinary Experience:
-shadowing/assisting local small animal vet during summers since 2001 (approx 650-700 hours)
-2 independent research studies through my undergraduate institution. Validation of a real time PCR assay to detect porcine circovirus type 2; Avian influenza/ veterinary diagnostic lab rotations/poultry fecal collection trips (150 hours)
-Ride along with equine vet (20 hours)

Animal Experience:
-30 hours volunteering with dairy cattle at local farm
-30+ hours at local SPCA
-25 hours volunteering at reptile zoo

Extracurricular/Community Activities:
-intramural/travel soccer
-Pre-vet club member
-Autism fund-raising with various groups
-Lion Ambassador

eLORS:
-1- Small animal practitioner I've been working with since 2001 (also my family pet's veterinarian)
-2- Avian veterinarian with whom I completed my independent study on AI
-3- PhD who oversaw my PCR assay validation study

Awards and Honors:
-Dean's List (multiple times)
-Full ride academic scholarship recipient (yay, no undergrad debt!)
-Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society nominee
-Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society nominee

Just looking at the stats from last year I thought there was NO WAY I'd get in on my first try. I had all these back up plans worked out so I'd have stuff to do if I needed to reapply next cycle but low and behold- I got into my top two choices! So my recommendation would be to have a little confidence in yourself (even if your GRE is average or you don't have 1000s of hours) and don't beat yourself up over numbers that helped other people get in. I proved that my experience was quality and nobody even asked about my GRE. :) Hope this information can help someone in the future!
 
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l2vet

*squee* OSU CVM c/o 2015
Feb 11, 2011
213
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30
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Status
Pre-Veterinary
First time applicant, 21 years old, Female, Ohio resident.

Applied: Ohio State, Colorado State, Kansas State, University of Pennsylvania
Rejected: UPenn
Interview: OSU, KSU
Accepted: Ohio State, Colorado State, Kansas State
Final decision: THE Ohio State University, c/o 2015! =D

Cum GPA @ time of application: 3.93
Last 45 credit hrs: 3.92
Science GPA @ time of application: 3.92
I'll graduate early May with a BS in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, with a minor in Chemistry

GRE: 1370; 740Q, 630V, 5AW
--I studied and took a Kaplan course, luckily partially paid for by my Pre-Vet program or I never would have been able to afford it. I was pleased with my Q score but disappointed in my V score.

Veterinary Experience:
-3.5 years as a paid kennel aide at a small animal hospital (about 1600 hours according to my W2)
-150 hours shadowing equine vets
-70 hours shadowing surgery at my animal hospital

Animal Experience:
-ongoing paid care for rear-limb-paralyzed dog
-1000 hours (at least) of horseback riding and work with horses and barnyard animals as a horse staff at a girl's resident camp
-volunteering at a therapeutic riding center

Extracurricular/Community Activities:
-National Honor Society (HS)
-French Honor Society (HS)
-Spanish Honor Society (HS)
-volunteer work at local emergency shelter (about 10 years)
-volunteer at a therapeutic riding center

Letters of recommendation:
1 vet from the hospital I worked at and also observed (SA)
1 vet from the equine practice where I shadowed
My cell biology & genetics professor for whom I also have done and am doing undergraduate research with

Awards and Honors:
University of Findlay Trustee's Scholarship
Ohio Academic Scholarship
Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
High school valedictorian
Richard C. Gebhart Freshman Writing Award (undergrad)
Dean's list all 7 semesters so far (waiting for my last one, LOL)
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society Lifetime Member
 
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kaydubs

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Gold Donor
7+ Year Member
Nov 9, 2010
7,992
6,620
Pennsylvania
Status
Veterinarian
(I second what GRG said :)) Stats are intimidating but as long as you're realistic, go for it! I had all these back up plans worked out as well (and still have alternatives should the need arise...) If you ever have questions, feel free to PM me about anything that you can think of! But regardless of what others may say, don't ever let someone tell you that you can't do something :D (not even yourself!)

First time applicant, 22 years old, Female, Pennsylvania resident
Applied: UFL, UPenn, Tufts, Oregon State
Rejected: none
Interview: Tufts
Waitlisted: UFL
Apps withdrawn: UPenn, UFL, & Oregon State
Accepted: Oregon, Tufts
Attending: TUFTS 2015 baby!!
Cum GPA @ time of application: 3.65
Last 45 credit hrs: 3.69
Graduating in May 2011 with a B.S. in Biology and Philosophy with a minor in English Lit (University of Scranton - "kira" personalis :))
GRE: 1270. 540 (V), 730 (Q), 4.5 Writing

Veterinary Experience:
-shadowing local SA vet (was originally 1 vet practice, now is 2) ~140hrs
-shadowed at a SA clinic (50 hrs)
-Research (~150hrs) - and hope to add more soon :love:
-Ride along with LA vet (40 hours)

Animal Experience:
-70 hours volunteering with PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society both adoption & clinc)
-300 hours at Philadelphia Zoo internship (EEABI)
-15 hours volunteering at a deer farm (LOVE THE FAWNS!)
-15 hours at a wildlife sanctuary
-+200 hours of animal care (raised dogs with mom & uncle)

Extracurricular/Community Activities:
-working full-time jobs always (nothing animal related :() but LOVE teaching
-Programming board
-Soup kitchen
-String orchestra violinist
-Mentor to a middle school student
-Leahy Clinic volunteer
-Bio Club
-Health Professions Organization (pre-vet chair & mentor)
-other stuff that I don't feel like adding....since I listed everything since high school for VMCAS)

eLORS:
-1- Small animal practitioner (only vet person I could ask...)
-2- Pre-vet (informally) prof at school & my advisor
-3- Philosophy prof
-4- Prof who oversaw my research

Awards and Honors:
-Dean's List (multiple times)
-Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program (SJLA is my way of life)
-some monetary academic scholarships
-Alpha Lambda Delta & Beta Beta Beta Honor Societies
-high school valedictorian
 
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LoveMyDobies

OSU CVM c/o 2015
Oct 7, 2010
108
0
Cincinnati, Ohio
Status
Pre-Veterinary
Second time applicant, 23 years old, Ohio resident
Applied: Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Washington, Oregon
Interviewed: Ohio State University
Rejected: Colorado, Iowa, Washington
Withdrawn: Kansas, Oregon
Waitlisted: Michigan
Accepted: Ohio State University
Attending: The Ohio State University c/o 2015!!

Cumulative GPA at time of application: 3.4
Undergraduate GPA: 3.36
Graduate GPA: 3.9
Math/Science GPA (at time of app): 3.3
Last 45: 3.9
GRE: 1130; 620 Q, 510 V, 5.0 AW

Veterinary Experience
-800 hours SA hospital as veterinary technician
-3000 hours at SA emergency hospital as veterinary assistant and certified dental technician
-50 hours volunteering at SA animal hospital
-120 hours specialty hospital (oncology, IM, optho, surg, etc.)
-40 hours intern at National Zoo and Aquarium, Canberra Australia

Animal Experience
100 hours volunteering at animal shelter
100 hours canine obedience training
2400 hours intern at National Zoo & Aquarium, Canberra Australia

Honors & Awards
Deans list (11 quarters)
Graduate scholarship
ALD honors society

Community Activities
Club Volleyball (3 years, treasurer & member)
Sand Volleyball league
President of dorms freshman year

LOR
All three from veterinarians I have worked with over the years.
 
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nyanko

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GRE: 1370; 740Q, 630V, 5AW
--I studied and took a Kaplan course, luckily partially paid for by my Pre-Vet program or I never would have been able to afford it. I was pleased with my Q score but disappointed in my V score.
I'm pretty sure that a 630V is a higher percentile than a 740Q - so the verbal score is actually "better" than the quant...