I know that it is the famed (or for some, feared) time of veterinary school admissions. I thought it would be useful to provide five tips that I would find useful if I could go back a year’s time, when I was applying for veterinary school.
1. Start everything early. Submit everything early. Life note: Leaving anything for the last minute does not work, and your veterinary school application is no different.
2. Submit your transcripts months in advance. Do not rely on a registrar’s office to do an emergency overnight of your transcripts.
3. If you are on a limited budget, consider applying to schools that you can afford a flight to if you are granted an interview. I took this approach, and it worked out well. For example, I did not apply to many western US schools or international schools. I was in school in Vermont during interview time, and I knew that I would not want to be flying all over the world during my spring semester for interviews. The farthest I traveled for interviews was Iowa, and it was a pretty crammed (but fun!) weekend.
4. Socialize with current veterinary students, because they will get you the best info on schools. If you are lucky, you might get to even sit in on a lecture during your interview weekend.
5. Go for it. If you have a dream school that you think you might not get into, still go for it. That’s what I did, and it paid off.
This is your veterinary school application cycle. You can take one shot, or as many shots as you’d like. It is better to do it perfectly one time than to do it poorly many times.