UC Davis Vet School Admissions – How UC Davis Selects Veterinary Students

After talking to some of my friends that went to UC Davis for undergrad and had presentations from the vet school admissions director, I learned that the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine makes its admissions decisions based almost entirely on your numbers. I was surprised that it was this objective and thought it would Read More …

Q&A: Taking Time Off After Graduation – Are There Time Constraints On Vet School Applications?

I would like to join the Peace Corps at some point, and I believe that after receiving my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and before enrolling in veterinary school would be the best time. I was wondering if there were any time constraints on application of veterinary school, such as if I had to apply within Read More …

Should I Waive My Rights to See My Letters of Recommendation?

I absolutely recommend waiving the right to access your letters of recommendation. The way I think about it is that if a student is going to see the letter, the recommender may not be as honest as they would be if you waived your right. The admissions committee may consider such a recommendation to be Read More …

Pre-Health Conference 2014 at UC Davis

The 12th Annual Pre-Health Conference at UC Davis is coming up! This conference is a venue where undergraduate students interested in careers in health-related fields can learn about different health fields and specialties as well as what the admissions process is like for these schools. It’s a lot of very useful information crammed into two Read More …

How Many Vet Schools Should I Apply To?

In the fall of 2013 I received a concerned message from a vet school applicant: I have applied to 13 (10 in the US, 2 in Scottland, and 1 in London), and from what I am hearing, I am starting to regret that decision as it seems that vet schools may look unfavorably upon me Read More …

UC Davis Vet School Admissions Update

Today the School of Veterinary Medicine received an email communication from our Dean explaining the change in the admissions process a bit. It is quoted here in italics: “Last year the Executive Committee appointed an Admissions Task Force to review the strengths and weaknesses of the School’s professional DVM admissions process and make recommendations for Read More …

UC Davis Vet School Changes Admissions Process

As if applying to veterinary school wasn’t stressful enough with how difficult the process is to navigate, UC Davis threw a wrench into things by changing their admissions process from the ground up! Let me say, first of all, most of my fellow students who have discussed their thoughts on the changes with me are Read More …

Personal Statement & Resume Editing Services Now Available!

I cannot tell you how ften I have been asked to proofread personal statements and had to turn people down. Now that’s no longer the case! I am offering editing services for personal statements and resumes (or other application materials — explanation section included!). You can get more information here: http://www.lifeinvetschool.com/coaching/ Have you gotten as Read More …

Q&A: I Have a Low GPA, How Can I Improve My Application?

Sharon, My name is JP and I really want to be a vet. I’m 21, just graduated with my Bachelors in biology and applied to vet school. My problem is that my GPA is crap. I graduated with an overall 2.7. I understand that it isn’t going to change now that I have the degree. Read More …

Q&A: Am I Too Young To Apply To Vet School?

Hi Sharon, I really enjoy your blog….so glad I stumbled upon it while surfing the net. I am a bit of an overachiever and would love to have your advice.  I am 17 years old and currently a sophomore in college.  I was homeschooled and graduated from high school at 16.  By taking dual enrollment classes Read More …