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What are some details that colleges look at to consider you in their programs?

I am trying to go into Veterinary School for large animals mainly but with some involvement of small. I want to be sure of this field but the possibilities are endless with programs. How can I be so sure of what to put with possibly a little chance of getting into the program? Especially a competitive one.
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Tara’s Answer

I have been told by several vet students that good grades/test scores are key. But also they look at how much experience you have (working or volunteering) for this profession. Also community service work looks good on applications as well. Knowing that you are a well rounded person will help you.
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Robert’s Answer

Demonstrating your care for pets usually only comes from volunteer work as well as previous jobs in the pet care industry. It's important to look for opportunities within your area that can contribute to showcasing your ability to care for many different types of pets in a variety of conditions.
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Todd’s Answer

Vet schools look for experience with animals (working with vets, shelters, boarding facilities, etc) , good grades in science courses -but also other courses. They want a well rounded individual who can relate to both people and animals, and who is able to solve problems and accomplish tasks (it will require sucessful completion of about four years of undergraduate study to even apply to vet school).

Todd recommends the following next steps:

Study hard and make good grades, you have heard this before. Also, look for programs that involve working with animals to work for or voluteer with. Don't be afraid to contact vets in your area, and ask for advice, apply for work or ask if you may visit or voluteer. Contact the vet school that you plan to attend and get information from the Office of Admissions. Good luck, and keep trying. The only certain failure is not trying, not persisting.
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Courtney’s Answer

Colleges will look at your field related:

  • work experience;
  • certifications;
  • internships;
  • volunteer work;
  • classes;
  • awards;
  • and GPA.

Zoos and vet clinics have internships that you can do to get experience that will set you apart from other candidates.

Courtney recommends the following next steps:

Contact local vet clinics for internship possibilities (for small animal experience)
Contact your local zoo for internship possibilities (for exotic and large animal experience)
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Danika’s Answer

I would recommend having well rounded experience. I had research experience, dairy cow management experience, small animal clinic experience, and did extracurricular activities. While grades are important, you should also have good experience. I would also suggest seeing which schools have behavioral interviews as these take more than just your grades into account. Best of luck!

Danika recommends the following next steps:

Contact nearby vets or other animal professionals for experience and to see what you may want to do.
You mentioned liking large animals so I would see if the USDA has any summer internship programs (that would look great on an application and would give you a wide breadth of experience)
Check out which vet schools might be best for you (Ex: I like Minnesota b/c they are great with student feedback, mental health, extra hands on activites, etc.)
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