Veterinary School Preparation - Experience

It is important you have an understanding of the veterinary field through experiences you have gained through student groups, volunteering or work experience. Admissions committees expect you to have researched the veterinary profession and know some of the issues veterinarians currently face. Additionally, the admissions committee will want to know specifically why you are pursuing a career in the veterinary profession. Many veterinary schools also have a minimum number of animal contact hours you must meet prior to applying, with preference given to veterinary experience. It is preferred that you obtain experience in different settings, e.g. animal shelter or different veterinary clinics.

Most students are encouraged to do one or more of the following to gain exposure to veterinary medicine and the healthcare field.

  1. Conduct an informational interview, shadow or observe a veterinarian.
  2. Find healthcare related volunteer opportunities:
  3. Find a healthcare related Internship:

Getting exposure to the veterinary profession can make you a competitive applicant and help you begin to identify what skills, values and interests you enjoy in this profession.


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