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psilovethomas

...so now what?
Jan 9, 2010
1,841
494
  1. Veterinarian
    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    Apps withdrawn: none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
    1. 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!
       
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      Jakesmom

      Ohio State CVM c/o 2015!!
      Dec 6, 2009
      125
      0
      Cleveland, Ohio
      1. 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
         

        EllieGirl89

        Ohio State CVM c/o 2015!
        Sep 1, 2010
        1,275
        8
        Columbus, OH
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        1. 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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          pennyonthefloor

          OSU CVM c/o 2015!!!!!!
          10+ Year Member
          7+ Year Member
          Jan 17, 2008
          346
          1
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          1. 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
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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)!!
               

              kentuckyboy

              New Member
              Jun 4, 2009
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              1. 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
                 

                drwildlife

                SGU Class of 2017?
                Dec 27, 2010
                337
                0
                Arkansas
                1. 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
                  1. 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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                    elkk

                    MSU CVM c/o 2015
                    Nov 22, 2010
                    19
                    0
                    East Lansing, MI
                    1. 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
                      1. 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:
                         
                        Nov 9, 2010
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                          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!
                           

                          bluewinks

                          New Member
                          Jan 9, 2011
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                            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
                             

                            BuggerDoodle

                            AU C/O 2015
                            7+ Year Member
                            Jan 27, 2010
                            84
                            0
                            AL
                            1. 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
                              1. 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
                                 
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                                anjabryn

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                                10+ Year Member
                                Nov 7, 2009
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                                howigotintoveterinaryschool.com
                                1. 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

                                  l

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

                                  favhrnstr

                                  VMRCVM c/o 2015!
                                  Oct 5, 2010
                                  44
                                  1
                                  Virginia
                                  1. 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
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                                    great state of WA
                                    1. 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
                                       

                                      broncogal12

                                      WSU c/o 2015
                                      Jun 5, 2010
                                      43
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                                      1. 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
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                                        1. 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
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                                          Wherever the wind blows
                                          1. 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
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                                            1. 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
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                                              Dallas, Pennsylvania
                                              1. 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
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                                                1. 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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                                                  Nov 9, 2010
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                                                    (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
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                                                    Cincinnati, Ohio
                                                    1. 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

                                                      total trash mammal
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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...
                                                         
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