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Prepare to Apply

There are several variables that the admissions committee expects from applicants.
  1. Required Coursework – The pre-requisites are listed on the OPSA handout. These are the courses that you need to have taken and have done well (at least a ‘C’) yet expectations are above a ‘C’ especially in the science courses.
  2. Required Veterinary Experience – These experiences are the times that you ACTUALLY SPEND with a veterinarian, either helping or observing care.  You must have experience with a veterinarian in small animal care AND large animal care.  The requirements state “at least 100 hours” but most successful applicants have many, many more hours. (Begin a log of hours that you spent during high school and keep all hours during your collegiate career for you will need this listing when you fill out your application.  Don’t rely on memory!)
  3. Required Animal Care Experience – These experiences are any times you have spent with animals, whether volunteering at a shelter walking animals and cleaning out kennels or fostering an animal or ANYTIME you help with animals when a veterinarian IS NOT AROUND. You must have experience in small animal care AND large animal care.  Again, the more hours you can garner, the more competitive you will be. (Note: You can use any hours that you have animal care while in high school so if you were in FFA or 4H, showed animals in livestock shows, volunteered at an animal shelter, or any other help with animals, for all of those hours count also!  So keep a log also of animal care hours- high school as well as while in college!)
  4. Required Entrance Exam –  The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is the test required for most veterinary schools. It is similar to the SAT or ACT in material covered: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Most students take the GRE during the spring or early summer of the year in which they apply.
  5. Leadership, Extracurricular Activities, Evaluations, Academic Rigor – These variables can only help you become more competitive for admission, so students are encouraged to get involved in student organizations, volunteering and community service activities, and take suitable course loads.