Vet School Prep

What to do if you’re in high School

  • Get good grades
  • Research undergraduate programs in various colleges
  • get a good background in science
  • do volunteer work related to animals
  • shadow a veterinarian
  • Gain various animal experiences
  • think about a major (does not have to be animal related or pre-vet)

What to do if you’re a freshman in college

  • meet with advisor
  • Join Pre-Vet Club!
  • learn pre-vet requirements
  • plan tentative class  schedule
  • maintain strong GPA
  • Begin extracurricular activities
  • work/volunteer in veterinary medicine or animal related activities
  • start a list of your experiences with approx hours per week and total, a short description of what you did, and who you worked with
  • organize a document with all of the classes you have taken for each semester

What to do if you’re a sophomore in college

  • get lots of experience in a variety of areas (small, large, wildlife, research, exotics)
  • get to know a few professors and a least one veterinarian (recommendation letter)
  • Keep up GPA
  • take a GRE prep class/study for GRE
  • consider research opportunities
  • consider study abroad opportunities
  • Participate in various clubs

What to do if you’re a junior in college

  • research your schools closely (The cube has brochures on most veterinary schools)
  • take GRE (allow time to take it multiple times)
  • check requirements for courses (ex: Iowa doesn’t accept MCB 100/101)
  • Continue getting more experiences
  • get leadership experiences in clubs

What to do if you’re a senior in college

  • start early and create a schedule for completing VMCAS
  • check deadlines
  • check requirements for courses (ex: Iowa doesn’t accept MCB 100/101)
  • get your personal statement edited with the career center
  • have a mock interview at the career center
  • Request reference letters
  • Request and send Transcripts from all institutions attended to VMCAS
  • Complete VMCAS
  • Write Thank you letters for reference letters