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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 Should a Letter of Recommendation Say?

I have already advised you to make sure you ask for a GOOD letter of recommendation.  The problem is, you usually can’t see the letter before it is submitted, so it’s impossible to know if it is good or not.  Nonetheless, there are some features of letters of recommendation that you want to make sure

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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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Should you Do a 4-Year Residency?

Most residencies in veterinary medicine are three years, with a handful of two-year programs out there for some specialties.  In recent years, the four-year residency has become more common. This is typically a residency in a highly competitive specialty, such as surgery.  In effect, the institution is getting you for an extra year for very

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With These 5 Steps, You CAN Pass Your Specialty Board Exam

The road to veterinary specialization is a long, arduous one.  First, you have to get into vet school and excel there. Then you do post-graduate training: an internship (for clinical disciplines) and then a residency.  Towards the end of your residency, you have to submit your credentials to demonstrate you are qualified to take the

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Internship/Residency Rankings Done Right

After you’ve chosen the programs in which you are interested, sent in your application materials, and done an interview (if applicable), you are now ready to rank the programs.  The rank order list is due in early January. What does it mean and how do you do it? The mechanics of the match are described

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Avoid the Biggest Mistakes Made during The Match

Making your professional life successful is as much about what NOT TO do as it is about what TO do.  The Match is probably the highest-stakes professional selection in academic veterinary medicine- even more so than getting into vet school in the first place.  As a result of this pressure, people make a lot of

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Should you Commit to Working for a Company in Exchange for Getting a Residency?

In my opinion: no.  If you want a more detailed analysis, read on. The first time I encountered this concept, the institution where I was working had taken a radiology resident from VCA.  We later took a surgery resident from the military. We also took a surgery resident from another university.  The essential premise is

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