Tag: strategy

Making Research in Vet School Work For You

Now that you’re a vet student, you have it made.  You’ve achieved your life-long goal and just have to graduate.  But what if there’s something more? What if you want to do post-grad education, or work in public health, or contribute to society other than taking care of dogs, cats, and horses?  Maybe there is

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Should you do a Residency?

The residency is the path to specialization.  There are a handful of veterinary specialties you can earn without a residency, but, for the vast majority, a 2-4 year residency is the only path to specialization.  So, really, the question of doing a residency is: Should you be a specialist? Obviously this is a question you

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What I Wish I Had Known as a Student Applying for Internships

I only applied to 11 internships, 9 of which were academic. My letter and CV were not particularly good, but I was very assertive on clinics, did a good job, and got good letters of recommendation. I didn’t participate in clubs or do any substantive research during vet school. If I applied nowadays, it is

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How to Manage Student Loans

Higher education has become incredibly expensive. There are many reasons for this, including expanding administrator numbers and salaries, declining state support, schools expanding offerings to compete for paying clients (students), and a bubble for student loans. Regardless, you want to go to vet school (or are in vet school) and need to figure out how

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Making the Most of a Residency Interview

Your application is compelling enough for a program to spend the time interviewing you- congratulations! Many residency programs conduct interviews, and it can be a significant variable in the decision making. Sometimes these are by phone, sometimes by video, and sometimes in person. Obviously, you should follow the general guidelines for each of those interview

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How to Choose Your Internship

Where you go to vet school does not substantively affect your internship prospects, but the institution where you do your internship may affect your future residency prospects.  Selecting the most appropriate internship position is particularly important for those bound for residencies. For those bound for private practice, the primary goal is to avoid a bad

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Mastering the Internship Application Timeline

The process to make your application most competitive for an internship starts long before your senior year. Each step along the way is important, and poor decisions can make it progressively harder to be an excellent candidate. Here is a timeline to help you be the best internship applicant you can be. First Year –

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Making the Most of your Internship Interview

Internship applicants have it rough. You are one of a faceless horde trying to get the best position. Your letter of intent and CV help, and your letters of recommendation are crucial. Some programs may require an interview, some may allow for one, and others are only irritated if you try to “interview.” In addition

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Set Your Post-Graduate Success in Vet School

I was chatting with a colleague the other day who mentioned a course we had just converted that semester from a graded course to a pass/fail (at 70%) course.  Apparently students had been harassing the course coordinator for a few points here and there, even though these students were already above a 70%. They couldn’t

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Do You Want to do a Specialty Internship?

The internship is a one-year experience. Typically, after vet school, one does a rotating internship, where you get a wide variety of experience in medical and surgical cases. More and more specialty internships are coming about. These are also one year long, and are focused on a specific discipline, such as anesthesia, cardiology, internal medicine,

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