Category: Vet School Applicant

Book Review: Vet School Survival Guide

Some time in the recent past, I thought to myself, “I wonder if there is a guide to help those who are applying to vet school?  If not, maybe that’s something I could write!”  I looked on Amazon and the result was this book.  The Vet School Survival Guide: Notes from a Back Row Student

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Going Back to School

Well, here we are, going back to school in the midst of a contagious, virulent, very bad pandemic. Just as cases are going up, thousands of students will be interacting with people inside spaces. I don’t know if that’s necessarily bad, but I understand it can be anxiety-inducing. I think my single piece of advice

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How to Choose a Specialty

I am often surprised by the specialties that people pursue, and how contented they are once they make their choice.  One faculty I know is a hard-core researcher, but started out life just helping to do research here-and-there.  Twenty years later, he’s a research professor without a PhD.  You would think it would be a

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Book Review: Teach Students How to Learn

I acquired Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra Yancy McGuire in a burst of purchasing designed to improve my own pedagogical approach.  It was recommended to me by someone I feel is a good educator, and then it sat

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Don’t Send a Weird Application

Once again, I wish I didn’t have to write this post.  But I have seen these applications, so, evidently, people believe they are a good idea.  So here it is: Don’t do anything weird in your application. What constitutes “weird”?  This encompasses a broad range of… let’s call them “unique” decisions.  Below are some examples.

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The How to Identify a Bad Position Series

This series was inspired by people asking me how they could identify a bad vet school.  Over the past 20 years, I have had numerous people ask me about identifying bad internships.  When I advise those applying for residencies, we talk about identifying potentially problematic programs.  And I am blessed with having worked at institutions

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How to Interview Potential Research Mentors

I know what you’re thinking, “Mentors interview ME, not the other way around!”  Well I have something important to tell you: all interviews are two-way streets.  You need to show yourself off AND make sure that your potential mentor would be a good fit for you.  I believe most students ‘fail’ in their research projects

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Navigating Interview Lunches and Dinners

When going to an interview, often there will be a period where you go to lunch and/or dinner with people at the institution.  Sharing a meal is a powerful point of connection for people, so this is often an important component of the interview. Unfortunately, it adds another layer of social dynamics which have to

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Podcast Episode #4 – Dr. Coretta Patterson

Dr. Patterson was the Associate Dean of Students at a large state school and at a small private veterinary medical school. She was also my direct supervisor and a great person for whom to work. She provides a compassionate, helpful perspective for you to consider as you pursue your veterinary career.