Applying and Interviewing for Vet School

As many of you know, applying to veterinary school can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be especially if you are organized and proactive about the process.

  • No! Most US colleges require the VMCAS application (Texas A&M currently does not)
  • Currently 9 of the 24 Canadian and International colleges use VMCAS as well
    • Ross University DOES, St. George’s does NOT
  • Are there supplemental applications?
    • Yes, there can be and each school may differ. Please check the specific school’s website to be sure.
  • You should ask people that you know well enough to write a personal letter with thoughtful, specific examples of your experiences, your work ethic, your maturity and your leadership. Those can include your academic advisor, your supervisor at work, veterinarians you have worked with and professors.
  • Provide recommenders with a current resume and a deadline for the recommendation letter. When you provide contact information to VMCAS, they will send your recommenders an electronic form.
  • Remember the earlier you ask your recommenders, the better! You don’t want to be rushing at the last minute to ask someone for such an important letter.
  • For more information, check out the Letters of Recommendation tab HERE

Multiple faculty members within the department are happy to help you. To get you started look over the Writing your Statement tab HERE. Then, here is a list of second readers:

  • Most colleges will interview between January and February, however there are some exceptions. For example, UC Davis interviews in mid-December.
  • Interviews can be formal, casual or in the format of multiple mini interviews (MMI). UC Davis and Virginia-Maryland use the MMI technique.
  • “Each mini interview provides a candidate with a few minutes to read a question/scenario and mentally prepare before entering the interview room.  Upon entering, the candidate has several minutes of dialogue with one interviewer/assessor (or, in some cases, a third party as the interviewer/assessor observes).  At the conclusion of the interview, the interviewer/assessor has a few minutes to evaluate while the candidate moves to the next scenario.  This pattern is repeated through a circuit of up to 10 stations. The MMI does not test knowledge of veterinary medicine but rather personal attributes such as communication skills and ability to work as part of a team, ethical and critical decision-making abilities, and behaviors important to being a veterinarian such as empathy, honesty and reliability.” – http://vetmed.ucdavis.edu/students/admissions/faq.cfm
  • CHECK OUT SOME ADVICE FROM CURRENT VETERINARY STUDENTS ON INTERVIEWING HERE!!!!

There are many different questions that you may be asked during an interview. A lot of it pertains to you and getting to know you, so you will be asked to describe yourself. Here are some of the most common ones, along with a link to a much more extensive list of possible questions.

  • How do you deal with stress? What do you do to relax?
  • What are some of your flaws?
  • Can you pay for veterinary school?
  • Why do you want to be a vet?
  • If you didn’t get into vet school, what else would you want to do?
  • What are your specific goals in veterinary medicine?
  • Why did you apply to this particular school?
  • What do you do in your spare time / for fun?
  • Describe a memorable case from your experience (wherever you stated in your file you have worked/interned)
  • Name a time you’ve had to overcome a challenge in your life
  • Ethical questions such as what to do if you saw a student cheating, a colleague make a mistake, etc.

Here is a much more detailed document with a list of the many possible questions you may receive.  Vet School Interview Questions