Michelle, Class of 2021
When did you decide to pursue veterinary medicine?
My mother told me that I have known I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was in diapers- I was born wanting to work with animals. I suppose I was lucky in that respect because I was never “undecided” as an undergrad!
What did you do to prepare for veterinary school?
I stalked the VMCAS website and did my homework to figure out which prerequisite classes I would need to take during my time as an undergraduate in order to maximize my chances of fulfilling the admissions requirements for as many schools as possible. Based on that, I was able to make an informed decision about where I completed my bachelor’s degree- I did not go to a school with a pre-vet program, but I was still able to take all of the necessary classes.
I also made sure to get diverse experiences- I took care of my neighbor’s horses for a couple of summers, I shadowed at a local animal hospital, I volunteered at a zoo clinic, and I spent a two years working as a research assistant before starting vet school.
What advice do you have for high school or college pre-vets students who are interested in becoming a veterinarian?
Classes, grades, and experience are important, but so are you! Don’t neglect your hobbies or extracurricular activities just to take more classes- your unique interests and personal life are important too and will ultimately set you apart from other applicants. I was heavily involved in a number of clubs including the dramatics society (cast and crew!) and I was a sabre squad captain on the fencing team during my undergraduate years. After graduation I took a couple of gap years to volunteer at a summer camp for children with medical needs, to travel, to craft, and to bake while working on my vet school application.