Jul 25, 2016
So, this is my second time applying to veterinary programs, but my first time on this site.

My applications are almost finished and all I have left is the Personal Essay section as well as some other essays for specific schools. This time around I would like to improve these sections, but I am not particularly sure as to what schools want to hear. Largely, my tale is a boring one and probably not anything that would grab admission's attention.

Discuss briefly the development of your interest in veterinary medicine: I've wanted to do it since I was five because I like animals. As I grew older, the medical aspect also attracted my interest. Not a great origin story.

Discuss those unique activities that have contributed to your preparation for a professional program: Here I could possibly do well on since I worked as a zoo intern for three summers and shadowed at two veterinary clinics for several months.

Discuss your understanding of the veterinary medical profession, what you have to offer the profession and your career goals and objectives: I was hoping to learn about the profession in vet school. What are my goals? To become a veterinarian.

Honestly, if anyone can tell me what schools want to hear and what not to say, I would be extremely grateful.


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Welcome to SDN!

You can search for some threads on this topic, this one is particularly helpful

You can also just go ahead and try pounding out a draft and send it to a couple people here to read and critique. There's a thread for that too :) Just choose someone from the list (or a couple people) and shoot them a message.

We do ask that if you have questions, try using the search function first to see if you can find answers before starting a new thread. More on that here: