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Q: super excited future vet!

January 18, 2010 | By Jazzienserene | 5 answers | Expired: 1632 days ago

Jazzienserene

I am currently a freshman in college getting a degree in biology and then planning on going to vet school. my question is how big of an importance the college you go to is to a vet school when applying? would good grades be looked at better than so-so grades at a better school?
thanks for any input! :)

thank you all for the answers...but does the college you go to matter to the vet school you apply to?

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 18, 2010

That's an interesting question. I wish you luck on your journey. We need good vets. I suppose it depends on the school, but it does seem there can be an elitism of sort in the higher education fields. Unfounded IMHO since a vet of all people operates on heart as much as "smarts measured in letters or numbers". My vet once told a daughter of a friend of ours that any hands-on experience you can get will help more than anything. That can be documented like internships, volunteering and such.

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daryl b.
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Jan 18, 2010

i agree with species bu should say that good grades are a must to get into any vet or any spicific school including colleges. so work hard

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Kelly
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Jan 18, 2010

Most vet schools will give you the formula they use to evaluate potential applicants. Grades are important but you can have some leeway with them if you have a very well-rounded application. They're also going to look at the classes you took. If your grades are a little lower than another applicant's but you took harder classes, that counts for something. Its also a good idea to get some hands-on practical experience. You can do this in a variety of ways: working in a vet hospital, shadowing, working at a kennel or stable, volunteering at a shelter or rescue. Even non-animal related jobs are important because they show your ability to multi-task, problem solve, etc. All of that is taken into consideration. The most important thing as far as picking a school is to pick a school you're going to love for the time you're going to be there. If you hate everything about the school & are just there for the program ranking, your time there will be horrible. When my friend was trying to get into vet school, most of them limited admission to in-state residents or residents of states they had contractual agreements with. That's something you need to check on. You should research the schools, visit the ones you're interested in. Talk to the students. Get their take on the program. Once you find 3 or 4 that fit your idea of what vet school is supposed to be, apply to them.

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