Tag: application

The Timeline for Residency Starts in Vet School

When should you start preparing to apply for a residency?  When in the year do you need to have different steps completed?  How can you use your time most efficiently to maximize your chances of success?  I want to address all of these questions and more, so let’s dive in! A theme that comes up

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Do Grades Matter?

This year, I spoke at the SAVMA Symposium about internships and how to maximize your chances to get them.  I got a surprising number of questions about grades. “I hear some programs care about grades a lot.” “Do programs look at your transcripts?”  “Our classes are these amalgamated courses so we don’t get many different

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Handling Conflicting Advice for your Application

Let’s say you follow my heartfelt, strongest advice and have other people review your application materials.  Congratulations, you just put yourself in the top 50% of applicants! Now, you get feedback from your friends and mentors.  Unfortunately, some of the feedback conflicts. For example, one of your helpers comments, “Be careful not to come off

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Behind the Scenes: How I Read a Faculty Application

You want to create the best possible application.  Providing you insight into my process of reviewing an application for a faculty position may help improve it.  Fortunately, the competition for most veterinary faculty positions isn’t particularly fierce, so you are rarely competing against many applicants.  Remember, the purpose of an application for a faculty position

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Behind the Scenes: How I Read a Residency Application

I thought it would be helpful to share my personal process for reading a residency application.  Evaluators will widely in what they are looking for, and this is especially true of residency applications.  Others go about the process very differently, but I did think it would be helpful to give a deep insight into my

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Behind the Scenes Series

I thought it would be valuable to share my own methods with how I evaluate applications for vet schools, internship, residency, and faculty positions. As always, evaluators are a widely varied lot and many may disagree with me on some of these points. Many of my colleagues share my opinions, too. Take the perspective with

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Internship Letter Mistakes

This is a specialized version of a post I have about general application letter writing advice, aimed at intern applicants. Writing an internship application letter is hard.  I’m sorry. Intern applicant evaluators are so widely varied, you can’t possibly write the ideal letter unless you happen to A) know the evaluators and B) apply to

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Sample Vetducator Corrections for 2019 Letters of Intent

I thought I would share with you the way I have worked with students in the past and the sorts of comments I provide.  In general, I try to offer the writer the perspective an evaluator will have. This sometimes comes off as blunt, but I’m trying to genuinely share what goes through my mind. 

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Examples of Poor Letters of Intent

We have previously given examples of good stories in letters of intent, so I wanted to take the opportunity to show some examples of poor letters of intent.  These examples are from letters which were overall evaluated as “unrankable” for internships, but they apply to any stage of your professional progression. Although the entire letter

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