Hello everyone! Since Dr. Ostermann graduated from UC Davis a few years ago, a lot has changed! To keep the site up-to-date and helpful for current pre-veterinary students, Dr. Ostermann has graciously allowed me to do some writing about the new application process and new curriculum.
But before I get into all that, I will tell you a little bit about myself! My name is Lauren, and I am currently a first year veterinary student at UC Davis. My journey did not begin until junior year of high school, when it was time to buckle down and decide on a college and major. I knew that I wanted to work with people, and of course I loved animals as well. I had been taking horseback riding lessons since middle school and had just about every pet, from frogs to rats to rabbits to cats. I wanted a career that was not just a desk job, that I would truly enjoy, and that would be variable and challenging. Realizing that veterinary medicine fit those criteria, I decided to pursue a biology major, knowing that I may change my mind.
I attended Loyola Marymount University for undergrad, a small Jesuit college in Los Angeles. I had a wonderful experience, but the disadvantage was that there were no animal science classes and not a lot of pre-vet advising. I took advantage of my summers, volunteering at the San Jose Animal Care Center (where I met Dr. Ostermann), interning at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, and shadowing an equine veterinarian. I also looked up a lot of information about vet school requirements and the application process on my own, making sure I was on track. I knew that I did not have as many experience hours as some applicants, but my GPA and GRE scores were very good, so I decided to apply to vet school during my senior year.
I applied to Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado State, and UC Davis. I was rejected from WSU, waitlisted at CSU, and accepted to OSU and UCD. (Clearly different schools emphasize different parts of the application!) I started school at Davis a couple weeks ago, and am loving it so far! The days have been long, but my classmates are great and the faculty are genuinely welcoming.
I am thrilled to be attending the #1 veterinary school in the world, and am looking forward to sharing some of my journey with you all! Stay tuned for my updates as I go through my first semester, and if there’s anything specific you’d like me to write about, feel free to comment.