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Hope College Pre-Veterinary Program...
how do I get into Veterinary school?
Here's the basics! A lot of text, but that is necessary here....
1. Take the courses! In veterinary school, you will take a very rigorous set of science courses...all science courses! After all, you have to learn the medical requirements for all animal species!!! Check out MSU CVM's web page for the Hope College courses that fulfill their prerequisites....
2. Shadowing! You need to have experience. Not just experience with animals--although that is an excellent idea, too--but you need to experience the life of a veterinarian. You need to know what a veterinarian does every day...what makes a good day? What makes a bad day? What is the business of veterinary medicine really like??? You should plan to have at least 240 documentable hours--I recommend at least 300 from a variety of different types of veterinary medicine.
3. Those dreaded standardized exams. You should plan to take the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) during the spring semester of your junior year.
4. Choose the best major for you. You can major in ANYTHING!! There are no prescribed majors that will guarantee acceptance into or success in veterinary school. Although majoring in one of the sciences will give you the best background, many of our Hope almuni who have entered veterinary school have majored in english, languages, as well as biology and chemistry. You should choose a major that most excites you so that you will do well, and have a back-up plan in case you do not get accepted to veterinary school on your first try.
5. Go above and beyond!! Think about it, most veterinary schools accept about 100 new students each year. Each school also receives over 1000 applications for those 100 available positions. Most of these people who are applying have met the minimum GPA requirements, the GRE scores, the shadowing requirements, and taken all the necessary prerequisites. It is never too soon for you to think about things that you can do to make your application stand out above all of the others. How do you do that?
6. APPLY!! You should plan on taking the GRE spring semester of your junior year and applying to veterinary schools the summer of your junior year. The process begins with web-based VMCAS application. You should apply to as many schools as are financially feasible. My wife and I are here to help you with this application, in particular the personal statement!!! Take advantage of us!!!