Tag: application

Red Flags in Internships

Internships are entirely unregulated, working under the motto “caveat emptor”.  It is up to the individual applicant to determine if a program is a good one or not.  There are plenty of programs out there which are better than others, and many that are worse.  Therefore, it is absolutely vital to do your research to

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Red Flags in Veterinary Schools

I’ve said before that where you go to veterinary school Does Not Matter except for the cost of attendance.  I stand by that statement and genuinely believe it.  If your school is accredited by the AVMA, you will get a good education, so long as you are a good student.  Your education depends FAR more

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Red Flags in Faculty Applicants

If I had a fool-proof method to identify good workers before they started a job, I would be a billionaire.  This question haunts hiring managers constantly.  You NEVER know if someone will be good at the job before they get into the thick of it.  Having personally hired faculty who were both outstanding and subpar,

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Red Flags in Internship/Residency Applicants

I think it is surprisingly easy to get yourself flagged as “not rankable” for an internship or residency.  Most application evaluators maintain a “veto” system for applicants.  Any evaluator can veto any applicant for any reason.  Particularly for residents, NO ONE wants a resident whom one of the mentors does not want to work with. 

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Red Flags in Vet School Applicants

In my opinion, there aren’t many reasons that applicants are flagged as not acceptable for entry into vet school.  In the application, the three I can think of are academics, experience, and ethics.  In the interview, the two I can think of are cluelessness and obnoxiousness.  Let’s break each one down. Academics “The art and

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Red Flags Series

I’ve written a lot about what evaluators look for in candidates and what I look for in particular.  Some people have asked me what I see as a red flag- an indication in an application or during an interview that I would definitely not want this person to move into the position. I think these

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What is the VMCAS Recommendation and How is it Read?

You would think a letter of recommendation (LOR) is a simple thing.  You ask someone to write it for you when you apply to vet school, they do so, it is read, and that contributes to your evaluation.  All of that is true, and I want to drill down on the details of the letter

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The VIRMP Standard Letter of Recommendation

Applying for an internship or residency can be stressful.  Ideally, you made decisions throughout vet school to improve your chances, and hopefully you have followed the suggestions I have on how to be successful.  You have asked for letters of recommendation, which are probably the most important part of your application packet.  But what do

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Residency/Faculty Positions: Do Grades Matter?

Nope.  I can say that with 100% certainty for faculty positions.  You don’t submit your transcript for a faculty position in veterinary medicine.  By that point, grades you made in vet school are utterly irrelevant.  For residencies, it’s generally still true, but people still worry about it, so let’s dive in. I’ve taught veterinary medicine

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Internship Program Research

You’ve decided to do an internship, congratulations!  Maybe you’re a senior student or maybe you’re out in practice and want to do a residency.  The applications for most internships are administered through the VIRMP (although some equine practice internships are through the AAEP).  I’ve talked before about HOW to select an internship.  But with hundreds

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