You probably already know this, but getting into a veterinary college is more than just doing well academically as an undergraduate student. Even though some veterinary colleges do not designate a required number of experience hours, we highly recommend that you earn at least 500 hours in both the animal and veterinary categories shown below. For more in depth examples of what fulfills these experiences, check out the VMCAS Experiences webpage.
What is the difference between veterinary and animal experience?
“Veterinary Experience” is defined as work related to animals and supervised by a veterinarian. It should be different from what you enter for Animal and Employment experience. Veterinary experiences should relate to any veterinary clinical, agribusiness, or health science experiences that you had under a veterinarian.
“Animal Experience” is defined as work related to animals not supervised by a veterinarian. It should be different from those entered for Veterinary and Employment experience. They should include farm and ranch experiences, 4-H membership, animal training, or other similar activities, and should not have occurred under the supervision of a veterinarian.
What is the best way to keep track of your animal and veterinary experience?
Start a logbook, as soon as you begin our pre-veterinary program and keep track of all of your experiences (hours) with animals and veterinarians throughout your four years. Veterinary colleges may or may not designate a required number of hours, and don’t forget, we recommend at least 500 hours in each category.