My name is Sharon Ostermann and I am a member of the Class of 2013 at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis.
I was a nontraditional veterinary school applicant in that I came from a psychology background. In fact, I dropped out of graduate school in psychology to pursue a career in veterinary medicine in December of 2007. That was, without a doubt, the riskiest decision of my life. Yet, in March of 2009, when I received acceptances to 2 of the 3 schools I applied to, I knew it was the best decision of my life.
As a nontraditional applicant, I lacked resources such as a career development office or a pre-veterinary student advisor. What I did not lack, however, were research and networking skills. I utilized these skills to educate myself about the veterinary school application process. I am now well versed in prerequisite course requirements, gaining veterinary experience, VMCAS, and interviewing, to name just a few.
My goal is to use this blog to provide helpful advice and tips on getting into veterinary school as well as give future veterinary students a glimpse of what veterinary school is like. Topics I plan to tackle include:
I hope to help you in whatever way I can. Feel free to request a topic at any time and I will do my best to cover it!