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vethopeful3768

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    Hey :) I never thought I would make one of these posts but the whole COVID situation has given me a lot more time to think (stress) about my chances of getting into vet school and really wondering if it is possible?

    I'm from BC so applying to WCVM, I just graduated with a bachelor of science
    GPA
    My GPA calculated as 2/3 overall GPA + 1/3 best year= 3.754 or 84.25%
    Animal experience
    I grew up on a cattle ranch and have probably 3500+ hours of official work there
    I volunteered at a small animal clinic where I was going to school so have ~ 150 hours there
    and am currently working at a mixed animal clinic and expect to have ~400-500 hours here
    I have some experience with wildlife research (big horn sheep/ other ungulates, pikas, endangered birds, aquatic animals) probably ~100 hours
    Extracurriculars
    Dance club
    Peer mentor
    intramural sports teams
    volunteered at a retirement home
    Running (training for 1st half marathon- unsure as to if I should include this

    Overall I am worried that my GPA is a bit low and that maybe my extracurriculars are lacking? any feedback would be super appreciated!!

    thanks :)
     
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    brandonfleurs

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    Apr 21, 2019
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      Your GPA sounds like it should be sufficient for being granted an interview, but if you want to know for sure I would recommend emailing admissions to find out where you would have ranked this last year in terms of interview offers. You have a wide variety of experience with animals as well as leadership, teamwork, and community involvement experience — which is really great. From attending pre-vet Q&A sessions I know these are the things they look for in interviews:
      -animal related experience
      -veterinary profession knowledge
      -maturity/motivation
      -community involvement
      -leadership experience
      -communications skills
      My best advice is to continue what you have been doing and to participate in mock interviews. Don’t stress, you sound like you’re definitely on the right path! :)
       
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      westcoastgirl12

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      1. Pre-Veterinary
        Hey :) I never thought I would make one of these posts but the whole COVID situation has given me a lot more time to think (stress) about my chances of getting into vet school and really wondering if it is possible?

        I'm from BC so applying to WCVM, I just graduated with a bachelor of science
        GPA
        My GPA calculated as 2/3 overall GPA + 1/3 best year= 3.754 or 84.25%
        Animal experience
        I grew up on a cattle ranch and have probably 3500+ hours of official work there
        I volunteered at a small animal clinic where I was going to school so have ~ 150 hours there
        and am currently working at a mixed animal clinic and expect to have ~400-500 hours here
        I have some experience with wildlife research (big horn sheep/ other ungulates, pikas, endangered birds, aquatic animals) probably ~100 hours
        Extracurriculars
        Dance club
        Peer mentor
        intramural sports teams
        volunteered at a retirement home
        Running (training for 1st half marathon- unsure as to if I should include this

        Overall I am worried that my GPA is a bit low and that maybe my extracurriculars are lacking? any feedback would be super appreciated!!

        thanks :)
        Hey, Im heading in to second year at WCVM and got in as a BC resident! I think that with a 84% average, you should at least get a second round interview. Having lots of varied experience will definitely help make up for a lower GPA. I am also a runner, and included it in my application! I was pretty involved with my local running store training clinics, and volunteered at other races around town so I included it under the community involvement part of the application.
         
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        vethopeful3768

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        May 17, 2020
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          Hey, Im heading in to second year at WCVM and got in as a BC resident! I think that with a 84% average, you should at least get a second round interview. Having lots of varied experience will definitely help make up for a lower GPA. I am also a runner, and included it in my application! I was pretty involved with my local running store training clinics, and volunteered at other races around town so I included it under the community involvement part of the application.
          Thank you so much for you response :) Definitely good to know!
           

          vethopeful3768

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          May 17, 2020
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          1. Pre-Veterinary
            Your GPA sounds like it should be sufficient for being granted an interview, but if you want to know for sure I would recommend emailing admissions to find out where you would have ranked this last year in terms of interview offers. You have a wide variety of experience with animals as well as leadership, teamwork, and community involvement experience — which is really great. From attending pre-vet Q&A sessions I know these are the things they look for in interviews:
            -animal related experience
            -veterinary profession knowledge
            -maturity/motivation
            -community involvement
            -leadership experience
            -communications skills
            My best advice is to continue what you have been doing and to participate in mock interviews. Don’t stress, you sound like you’re definitely on the right path! :)
            Thank you so much! this is a super helpful response, definitely made me feel better :) I'll for sure email admissions to get a better idea!
             
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