Animal Experience

Animal Experiences

Examining a parrotYou will want to gain animal/veterinary experiences for the veterinary medical application.  You may find it easier to gain veterinary experiences once you are in college.  However, animal experiences are a good way to start while in high school.  These experiences will show animal care and a comfort level with a variety of species.  Some animal experiences include volunteering at a local shelter, working in a pet shop, working at a stable, volunteering at a zoo, and participating in 4-H.  Once you are in college you may find opportunities to volunteer or work for a veterinarian are easier to find.  Biomedical research opportunities while in college will also be valuable.

We do look for 400 hours or more of veterinary experience when you apply.  We also require minimally one letter of evaluation from a veterinarian at the time of application (of course you are welcome to provide additional letters from veterinarians and animal experiences).  The application allows up to six letters.