Becoming a veterinarian is a dream that many animal lovers have, but the first step in that process is to get into vet school. Getting into vet school can be a difficult and daunting process for many students. There are many prerequisites that need to be completed along with obtaining relevant experience in the field before an applicant can be considered competitive for vet school. However, all of the work is worth it in the end if you truly want to provide health care to animals.
- Take the required courses for admission into veterinary school. These courses usually include one year of each: biology with lab, general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab and Physics; Other courses include one semester of Biochemistry, Systemic Physiology and Genetics. Other requirements to get into vet school include eight credits each in English and social sciences.
- Volunteer in an animal shelter. It is a requirement in many vet schools to receive some experience working with animals. One of the easiest ways to do this is to volunteer in an animal shelter, and the minimum amount of hours you should have is 180.
- Volunteer in the office of a veterinarian and/or shadow one. This helps you to gain more veterinary experience, and it provides an up-close view of the daily work that veterinarians do. Some people, after working in the office of a vet, may choose another career.
- Get to know your professors. Participate in class and attend office hours to get to know your professors. This helps you to gain a better understanding of the material you are studying, and it allows the professors to get to know you so that they can write a letter of recommendation for you in the future.
- Take the GRE and any other tests that the schools you want to apply to require. The GRE is an important part of the application for some vet schools. If you want to get into vet school, study and do well on it.
- When the time comes, apply. Fill out the application and obtain three letters of recommendations from professors and veterinarians you have worked with. Send in these in along with the application fee to the VMCAS. Send transcripts, GRE test scores and any supplemental applications directly to the schools you are applying to.
If you’ve worked hard in college to gain acceptance into a veterinary program, you can sit back and wait for the responses to come in; however, there is no guarantee that you will get into vet school.