WAMC....first time applicant

divergent14

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  1. Pre-Veterinary
    Decided that finishing my Bachelor's degree (13 more classes) would cause me to spend a lot more money than if I just finished my prerequisites (6 more classes). I would no longer be a year behind my original plan, and won't have to pay an extra odd 6 months of rent for a semester. I'm not happy at my undergrad school and want to start the next chapter of my life since the schools I'm applying to do not require a Bachelor's degree to apply. (I will finish my degree if I do not get in this cycle) Any tips or advice would be great, since now I am going to apply this cycle!

    I am applying to Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, and possibly OVC
    Current stats
    Cumulative GPA: 3.68
    Last 45: 3.74
    Science GPA: 3.2, varies per school (will use explanation statement for this)
    Prerequisite GPA: Varies... 3.53 for Iowa, 3.85 for CSU, 3.94 for MSU...probably around 3.6-3.7 for OVC
    GRE: Not required for the schools I am applying to
    Resident: California

    Vet Related Employment
    Mixed animal practice March 1, 2019-present (I still intern there when I am home on breaks)

    Non-Vet Related Employment
    PetSmart (9 months)
    Big 5 Sporting Goods (3 months)
    Note-Taker in college - 2 semesters
    Photographer - 2018-present
    Soap Making business - 2018
    Currently running a small side business being a reseller online to save money for vet school (kinda crazy, but it all helps!) February 1, 2020-present

    Vet Hours: Will be between 2,000-3,000 hours when I turn in my application
    remaining hours -- experience with equine, canine, feline, goats, and chickens (one clinic)
    48 hours -- Pure equine experience assisting in lameness exams and taking heart rates during an endurance ride
    12 hours -- pure sheep experience (preg checks, breeding soundness exams, hoof trimming, taking HR/TEMP/BCS)
    4 hours--small animal clinic

    Animal Hours: 616 hours
    370 hours--petsitting
    154 hours -- Haven Humane volunteering (dog training)
    88 hours -- volunteering at SPCA (dog training, animal enrichment)
    4 hours--kennel cleaning
    ((May have an additional 100 wildlife rehabilitation hours if they open to volunteers only this summer))

    Volunteering: 52 hours
    several trash/creek clean ups in my community ~50 hours

    Research: 100 hours
    100 hours -- researching spontaneous abortion in cattle

    Extracurriculars
    Natural Resources Club
    Pre-Vet Club

    Leadership
    Giving tours to Freshmen in H.S - 30 hours
    Mentoring Freshman students at my University -- week long event this summer ~ 60 hours

    Awards/Scholarships
    Dean's List - 4 semesters

    Degrees at time of application
    AA in Natural Sciences

    Hobbies:
    fishing, video production, gardening

    Other Factors:
    First generation college student
    Interests in mixed animal practice and wildlife
     
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    1. Veterinary Student
      Decided that finishing my Bachelor's degree (13 more classes) would cause me to spend a lot more money than if I just finished my prerequisites (6 more classes). I would no longer be a year behind my original plan, and won't have to pay an extra odd 6 months of rent for a semester. I'm not happy at my undergrad school and want to start the next chapter of my life since the schools I'm applying to do not require a Bachelor's degree to apply. (I will finish my degree if I do not get in this cycle) Any tips or advice would be great, since now I am going to apply this cycle!

      I am applying to Missouri, OSU (Oregon), WSU, Iowa State, and Auburn if I can find an online physics class to take this summer...((if you have another CVM suggestion please comment below!))
      Current stats
      Cumulative GPA: 3.60 (last 45 should be close to the same as my cumulative gpa..using explanation statement for some science classes my first year of college that tanked my overall GPA)
      Science GPA: 3.2 (will use explanation statement for this)
      GRE: Not yet taken
      Resident: California

      Vet Related Employment
      Mixed animal practice March 1, 2019-present (I still intern there when I am home on breaks)

      Non-Vet Related Employment
      PetSmart (9 months)
      Big 5 Sporting Goods (3 months)

      Vet Hours: Will be between 2,000-3,000 hours when I turn in my application
      remaining hours -- experience with equine, canine, feline, goats, and chickens (one clinic)
      48 hours -- Pure equine experience assisting in lameness exams and taking heart rates during an endurance ride
      12 hours -- pure sheep experience (preg checks, breeding soundness exams, hoof trimming, taking HR/TEMP/BCS)
      4 hours--small animal clinic

      Animal Hours: 616 hours
      370 hours--petsitting
      154 hours -- Haven Humane volunteering (dog training)
      88 hours -- volunteering at SPCA (dog training, animal enrichment)
      4 hours--kennel cleaning
      ((May have an additional 100 wildlife rehabilitation hours if they open to volunteers only this summer))

      Volunteering: 52 hours
      several trash/creek clean ups in my community ~50 hours

      Research: 100 hours
      100 hours -- researching spontaneous abortion in cattle

      Extracurriculars
      Natural Resources Club
      Pre-Vet Club
      Mentoring Freshman students at my University -- week long event this summer

      Awards/Scholarships
      Dean's List - 4 semesters

      Degrees at time of application
      AA in Natural Sciences

      Hobbies:
      part time photographer
      run a small side business being a reseller online to save money for vet school (kinda crazy, but it all helps!)
      fishing
      soap making
      video production
      gardening

      Other Factors:
      First generation college student
      Interests in mixed animal practice and wildlife
      For WSU you will have to have physics and a lab for physics-unsure if an online course would suffice for the lab portion (you'll have to call and talk to admissions, may have exceptions with COVID). Getting in out of state is extremely difficult especially if you're not from a WICHE state not gonna lie, but it pays off debt wise if you can get in specifically to the Pullman campus. It's not impossible though I promise. Based on the tier system https://dvm.vetmed.wsu.edu/admissions/academic-criteria you are in tier 1 based on your cGPA. Unsure what their plan is for GRE yet considering the world is falling apart. WSU likes to see you as a whole person so make sure to include everything. Be genuine is my biggest piece of advice. Know what you have to contribute to the profession and where you see yourself in it-what impact are you going to have. Make sure to have lots of people read your statements. From your stats I would encourage you to buff up those volunteer hours if possible-I know COVID makes that about impossible right now. WSU is one school that if you own pets count those hours within reason, donate clothes?--add it, enjoy hiking-add it, seriously they want to see all of you the best they can on paper.
      Let me know if you have specific questions!
       

      divergent14

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        For WSU you will have to have physics and a lab for physics-unsure if an online course would suffice for the lab portion (you'll have to call and talk to admissions, may have exceptions with COVID). Getting in out of state is extremely difficult especially if you're not from a WICHE state not gonna lie, but it pays off debt wise if you can get in specifically to the Pullman campus. It's not impossible though I promise. Based on the tier system https://dvm.vetmed.wsu.edu/admissions/academic-criteria you are in tier 1 based on your cGPA. Unsure what their plan is for GRE yet considering the world is falling apart. WSU likes to see you as a whole person so make sure to include everything. Be genuine is my biggest piece of advice. Know what you have to contribute to the profession and where you see yourself in it-what impact are you going to have. Make sure to have lots of people read your statements. From your stats I would encourage you to buff up those volunteer hours if possible-I know COVID makes that about impossible right now. WSU is one school that if you own pets count those hours within reason, donate clothes?--add it, enjoy hiking-add it, seriously they want to see all of you the best they can on paper.
        Let me know if you have specific questions!
        Thank you! WSU stated in the COVID-19 update on the VMCAS website that they are accepting online prerequisite work, including online labs for this cycle. I attend school in a WICHE state and could get residency there...my issue is that I have a job waiting for me in California when I am done, so I don't think WICHE would be an option for me ):
        Yeah, COVID put a big hammer on me continuing my volunteer hours...I'm not sure what I am able to do to beef that up. I donate clothes, do photography, privately tutor my friends, hike, fish, etc etc. Where do I add those things at to my application? Is there a hobbies tab I haven't gotten to yet?
         
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        MixedAnimals77

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          Thank you! WSU stated in the COVID-19 update on the VMCAS website that they are accepting online prerequisite work, including online labs for this cycle. I attend school in a WICHE state and could get residency there...my issue is that I have a job waiting for me in California when I am done, so I don't think WICHE would be an option for me ):
          Yeah, COVID put a big hammer on me continuing my volunteer hours...I'm not sure what I am able to do to beef that up. I donate clothes, do photography, privately tutor my friends, hike, fish, etc etc. Where do I add those things at to my application? Is there a hobbies tab I haven't gotten to yet?
          It's been so long since I applied I couldn't tell you exactly. I think I listed it as extracurricular but couldn't say exactly maybe someone who applied this last cycle could give better input.

          Overall I wouldnt recommend switching residency at this point because wiche funding is ranked based on various factors like how long you've been there. I would also encourage you to not limit yourself to the one potential future job. While it's nice to know it's there alot can change in the time you're in school!
           

          divergent14

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            It's been so long since I applied I couldn't tell you exactly. I think I listed it as extracurricular but couldn't say exactly maybe someone who applied this last cycle could give better input.

            Overall I wouldnt recommend switching residency at this point because wiche funding is ranked based on various factors like how long you've been there. I would also encourage you to not limit yourself to the one potential future job. While it's nice to know it's there alot can change in the time you're in school!
            I will have to ask someone who applied last cycle!
            Yes, I have been living there for a year but I would rather not deal with switching my residency...
            I don't want to limit myself, either, but the veterinary clinic is full of people who have become my family and I was offered a job there when I'm done. I will always keep my options open, but it's likely that's where I will end up!
             
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