1st time applicant, 26 y/o female, MA resident Applied: 20 schools! (I know, I know) Interviewed: UTK, Iowa (declined), Washington (declined), K-State (declined), Minnesota (declined), Ohio State Waitlisted: Michigan State, Oregon, UTK, Ok-State Rejected: everywhere else.. Accepted: Ohio State Attending: ??? Holding out for UTK.. -B.A. 2007 Economics, minor in Art (top 10 ranked liberal arts college) -M.S. 2009 Sport Management -Went back to school in 2009 to take all of my science pre-reqs GRE: 500 V, 730 Q, 4.5 A GPAs: undergrad: 3.19, Science Req'd: 3.75, cumulative: 3.3, last 45: 3.7, grad school: 3.52 Experience: Veterinary hours: Exotic/Marine veterinary: 100h clinical South American spay/neuter trip: 40h clinical small animal (spay/neuter clinic) veterinary: 240h clinical Animal: I wish I had found SDN before applying- the only animal experience I listed on my ap is 100h pet sitting Honors: 2010 CRC Press Chemistry Award 2007 Kate Hogan Award 2003 Arete Award 2003 Phi Beta Kappa Society 2003 Zane Cup High school: academic awards, honor roll, Varsity Soccer, Hockey, and Softball. Community activities: Girls' AAU basketball coach, Vermont Stars girls' hockey coach, House Life Coordinator (undergrad), Junior Advisor (undergrad) College Activities: Junior Advisor, House Life Coordinator, Club Rugby (Freshman year), Varsity Soccer (Freshman year), Varsity Hockey (all 4 years), Varsity Hockey team captain (Sr. year), Varsity Lacrosse (Sr. year) **proof that you CAN actually have a life prior to applying to vet school!! Employment: Coffee bar Barista- 2009-present Summer camp counselor for inner-city youth- summer 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame intern SaraLee Corp. intern eLORs: 1. PhD - chem prof 2. PhD - physics prof 3. DVM - South America spay/neuter team leader 4. DVM - Vet I spent most time with at community spay/neuter clinic 5. Hockey and Soccer coach in college So here I am - living proof that you non-trads have a chance!! In some ways I wish I had found this forum before applying because there is some very very useful information on here but on the other hand I think that I probably would have put off applying another year. I listed a total of 480 hours with vet and animal experience! THAT'S ALL! I see people on here post that they have between 2,000-20,000 hours of experience and it's a little disheartening but all of you non-trads out there - do not give up hope! The best advice was given to my by an admissions counselor at Tufts - when I asked her where I should take my science pre-reqs, her response was, "Choose the cheapest place, make sure that it is a 4 year institution and get ALL A's." I got one B and a couple of A-'s but overall I did pretty well. My biggest weakness was obviously my lack of experience. I did not know that I wanted to be a vet until a couple of years ago. I didn't grow up on a farm and my family got our first dog when I was 13. My family is very business oriented which is why it took me a little longer than some of you. I hope my post helps someone out.