It’s very customary to go on a tour of each veterinary school you interview at. This is a great time to get a feel for the campus and what your life would be like if you end up at that vet school. Now that I’m actually in school, I have discovered a lot of questions that I wish I had asked during my original tours.
What is parking like? I so wish I had asked this question. There may be plenty of parking lots around the vet school, but that doesn’t mean that all of them (if any) are for vet student parking. There may not be a ‘vet school’ parking area, so you might have to park at other locations on campus. If not having to carry heavy bags a long way in terrible weather or late at night is important to you, find out what the school’s parking policy is.
Ask to see all of the lecture halls. What’s on the tour may just be the first year classroom, but try to see or at least ask about the facilities you will be in during the following years. Make sure you can see yourself learning in all of those environments.
Find out about the failing policy. Heaven forbid you should fail a course in vet school, but sometimes it happens. One thing I found while going on tours is that each school’s policies really varied on this. Some have zero tolerance, some will let you repeat the year, and some may allow you to take a placement exam to move on in the curricula. With how much money you are investing into veterinary school, make sure you are comfortable with whatever the plan is at that school should you have any academic troubles.
These are just a few of the things I wish I had asked about while applying and taking tours of veterinary schools!