Tag: career

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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An Introduction to the Veterinary Internship and Residency Match Program

The Veterinary Internship and Residency Match Program (VIRMP) is the mechanism by which the majority of programs identify applicants and applicants identify and apply to programs.  There are a lot of details and nuance in the system, but I want to introduce you to the most basic principles which are essential for you to be

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Why Reading this Blog is not Cheating

I was interviewing at a university recently and someone brought up the study we did looking at internship letters of intent.  They said, “Aren’t you just telling them how to write a good letter? Won’t it be formulaic? There won’t be any difference between candidates.  They can just read the study and ape what others

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Options for Veterinary Specialization

I spend a lot of time talking about a traditional clinical faculty career path: vet school -> internship -> residency -> faculty position.  If you spend any time speaking with faculty members, though, you will discover an incredible array of paths they took to get there. Some worked in medical schools, some were in practice,

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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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What Mindset Should You Have When Applying to Faculty Jobs?

Opinions on this may differ, but I wanted to share with you my philosophical approach to applying to faculty jobs.  It can be summarized pretty easily: don’t bluff and be genuine. This can be harder to do than it sounds. Academic institutions have interesting, but fairly consistent, approaches to salaries and raises.  There is usually

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One Year Anniversary!

A year ago, March 2019, I launched The Vetducator blog. Let’s take a look at what we’ve done in the last 12 months. I love statistics. Numbers are so wonderfully illuminating. When I am running statistical analyses, I am in my ‘flow’ state and time just drifts by. So, the numbers first! Visitors: 28,209 Visits:

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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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