I have attended the Midwest Veterinary Conference for the last 6 years…6 years and I’m only a second-year vet student. How is that possible? Well, I went for all 4 years that I was completing my undergraduate degree as well as my first 2 years in vet school. Many conferences have started to include events and seminars for preveterinary students to help them become acquainted with the profession.These events are open to students completing their undergraduate degree and also to those in high school who are interested in possibly becoming a preveterinary student.
Events for preveterinary students often include lectures about applying to veterinary school, and many schools with preveterinary medicine programs are showing up to speak to high school students about their college plans.
So why should students attend such conferences? Well, speakers on various types of veterinary medicine could be a great resource for various shadowing experiences in different fields of vet med. Students can learn about an area of veterinary medicine they may not have previously considered or known about.
Another good reason to attend is to gain information about applying to veterinary school. This is especially true if your school doesn’t have an established preveterinary program that can provide you with guidance on a veterinary school application. Representatives from nearby veterinary schools often attend such events, which can be a great opportunity to meet them face-to-face and ask any questions you have about applying.
Lastly, attending such events is a great resume builder, because it shows that you are dedicated to and interested in the veterinary profession. Since the competition to get into veterinary school gets tougher every year, this could be a way to stand out.