If you are looking into becoming a veterinarian or a veterinarian technician you might be wondering how to get into vet school. Getting into vet school can be a piece of cake for some and a struggle for others. Getting into veterinary school is highly competitive, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. In order to be a good candidate for an acceptance to vet school, there are many different things that you should probably look into.
Yes, grades and your GPA is extremely important but even those with a 4.0 could get a denial letter in the mail. Veterinary schools look at your grades to get an idea of your intelligence level, dedication and your studying habits. If you have good grades, but not great grades your application will be looked at for involvement and experience that you might have had. Vet schools are interested in students who are well rounded, especially if your grades aren’t the best in the book.
Vet School Requirements
In order to be best fit for acceptance into any vet school you must have completed all of the prerequisites. Find out what each school requires before applying so that you know if you have a good chance of getting accepted or not. A lot of schools require you to take anatomy & physiology, microbiology, animal science, nutrition and other health or animal related courses. If you take these classes prior to veterinarian school courses it might help you to have a better foundation for the much tougher classes you will take later
What should I major in?
To get into veterinarian school it is not required for you to have a pre-vet major. As long as you complete all of the required courses that your prospective vet school requires, and get good results, you can major in anything. Some students who have majored in math, English, engineering and others as undergrads have found themselves in vet school.
It is very beneficial to you to have some kind of experience with animals or with something that could relate to the veterinary field. 4-H, FFA or other groups similar to these that you have participated in should definitely go onto your admission application. Other experience such as volunteering or working at an animal shelter or rescue center can help you to become a preferred applicant.
Another thing that could help you to stand out from other applicants is if you have great letters of recommendation. A good recommendation letter should come from someone who knows you really well. Yes, teachers know what kind of grades you received, but they typically don’t know you too well as a person. If you are looking for a professor to write your recommendation it is probably best if you let your professor get to know you better. You can do this by going to them during office hours or even just talking with them on a daily basis. If you have prior experience in the vet field it is even better if your letter of recommendation comes with a veterinarian that you worked with.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Most vet schools require you to take a standardized test called the Graduate Record Examination and others might also want you to take the Biology GRE or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
These are just a few things that you should think about when considering the possibility of vet school in your future. These components won’t necessarily guarantee you acceptance into a veterinarian school but it definitely gives you a baseline of what vet schools typically look for.