Vet school is difficult. By the end of four years, many people just Want Out. They want to start making money, they want to have their freedom, they don’t want to be away from their family at all hours of the day. Others want to learn more. They want to become excellent clinicians, they want
I have two editors for this blog: my wife and one of my best friends. They have both commented on my lack of advice on how to be a +1. This is because I generally believe if you aim for zero, and are then a reasonably competent person, you will become a +1. But my
The curriculum vitae is not hard to do well, and it performs an enormous job. It has to be organized, clear, detailed, and help create a narrative of what you have done. There is no one right way to do a CV, but here are some guidelines which will help. There is no page limit.
There’s a lot of moving parts when applying for vet school. You have to get different prereqs for different schools, you have to take the GRE, you have to go through the VMCAS process, and you have to get your VMCAS essays, experiences, and letters of recommendation all put together. It’s understandable you may make
Conducting a video interview with someone who has clearly not prepared for such is one of the most painful professional experiences I have. It instantly makes me cringe. The whole time I wish I could tell them, “Can you just do this? And this? And this? It will be SO much better, believe me!” I
Competition for residencies is fierce. So many variables are out of your control- do they have a candidate in mind already? Do they know your mentors and references? Do they have some crazy GPA/Class Rank cutoff? Fortunately, one of the things in your control is your letter of intent. You need to make it excellent.
I have an obvious pro-academia bias. Because of that, I am frankly sometimes confused as to why people would choose private practice. Most clinical faculty members spend 40-70% of their time on clinics. I see this as getting paid to work only 5-8 months a year. How can working a full 12-month job in private
Many times, new graduates are on the fence about doing an internship versus going into private practice. I have heard several say, “Well, maybe I will go into practice first, and then come back and do an internship.” Although this is not impossible, it is very much the harder path. Internships and, to a lesser
This is a specialized version of a post I have about general application letter writing advice, aimed at intern applicants. It may be impossible to describe a letter written by a highly-ranked internship applicant, but we will apply Justice Stewart’s test– I know it when I see it. Given the wide variability in internship evaluators,
You’ve been through vet school, you’ve done post-graduate work (either a Ph.D. or an internship/residency), and now you are applying for a faculty job. First, congratulations, this is one of the best, most rewarding jobs I can possibly imagine. Second, realize that this situation is entirely different from any you have encountered before. For vet