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What are good volunteer opportunities to prepare to apply to veterinary school?

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I’m a 4th year zoology major! I have a love and passion for all animals. #veterinary-medicine #university

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Dr. Frank’s Answer

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Here are some things you can do to help yourself be a competitive applicant for vet school.

Work with a vet is a great plus! Looking for ways to work with a vet, from interning to volunteering, is a great start.

Work with animals. Take science courses.
Research colleges with vet school in mind.
Keep track of your experience!

In addition, taking a pre-vet or comparable curriculum, that is, one that includes math and several science courses such as biology and chemistry will help also.

Gain as much broad exposure to veterinary medicine as possible. Consider job shadowing with veterinarians, scientists, working on a farm or volunteering at an animal shelter.


Usually the majority of School of Veterinary Medicine around the country, requires a minimum number of hours (180) of animal, veterinary and biomedical work and/or experience. However, admitted applicants have an average of 2,500–3,000!
Thank you so much for the advice! Jessica M.
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David’s Answer

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I echo much of the above. One thing to consider is to diversify your experiences outside of veterinary medicine-directed activities. Joining a research laboratory is a great idea (although a bit earlier in your undergraduate career would be better for this, perhaps). The lab can focus on anything in something that is even tangentially related to medicine. The experience and exposure to a lab culture and investigative environment are the important part, with the exact subject secondary. Medicine is applied science, so any experience in basic science will be a welcome enrichment to the portfolio of experiences you present. Also, it is really cool to participate in a working lab as an undergraduate. Finally, it may help point you in a new / different direction for ultimate career and professional life.
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Dr. Frank’s Answer

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Jessica

Being a 4th year zoology major is your ticket directly to veterinary school. You will be easily accepted to any veterinary school. I personally like Ross university because the have 3 semesters a year. This way you can graduate in relatively shorter time In addition, they offer more practical experience than any other vet school. The weather and location is a bonus if you like tropical warm weather.

Let me know if you have any questions

Dr. Akawi
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