Elizabeth Snow, PVMA president, opened the second meeting of the PVMA 2002/2003 at 8:05 pm and began with a few announcements. Please pay dues if you havenít already, and/or fill out an application if you havenít done that as well. 2 umbrellas were found and still havenít been claimed. Pictures are still needed for Glom, so let Elizabeth Snow know if you have some pictures youíd like posted! We also need T-shirt designs/ides for our new shirt for PVMA.
Fall Round-Up is going to be Nov 9 (Homecoming).
Lauren, our awesome webmaster, stood up and made some announcements. If you have emailed you her schedule for the study groups, you can check it on the website and make sure your class information is correct.
Dr. Wit stood up and told the students to look out for a questionnaire that concerns what classes students are interested in having in following semesters. This helps them plan courses that you need/want!
After announcements, Dr. Angarano from the AUCVM spoke on what we are all most interested in....getting into vet school. The following is paraphrased. There are two ways to apply to vet school. If you are an Alabama or Kentucky resident you can pick up or have mailed to you an in-house application, which is due October 1st. If you are an out-of-state student, you should go to www.aavmc.org and apply through the VMCAS (Veterinary Medicine College Application Service). With this you can apply to multiple vet schools, although there is a fee for each school applied to. Most of the bugs have been worked out of VMCA. In addition to the application, you also need to have ALL your transcripts sent to the AUCVM and get 3 letters of recommendation in sealed/signed envelopes. You need to send in a transcript per school you are planning on applying to, but they only need one copy of the references. All this information is included in the applications packet.
BE HONEST on your application! It is not in your favor to exaggerate any portion of it. Explain anything that you feel would make an apparent weak point seem more understandable (i.e. a "W" on your transcript).
Also, there is a book in the COSAM office entitled Veterinary Medicine School Admissions Requirements which might be helpful, as well as the AUCVM website can be reached from a link off the pre-vet homepage.
Dr. Angarano also listed statistics from this past year's class. They are as follows:
She also told us that it does not matter what your major is as long as you meet the requirements and choose the track that has the most options for you if you do not get accepted into vet school. You can apply as soon as you finish the required course work before June 15th of the summer before the fall that you want to enter vet school. A handout was given of the Pre-Vet. Curriculum requirements and GPA calculations were discussed.
There are 4 different GPA's:
1. You have an overall GPA that includes every class, every attempt, everywhere you took classes. (average for this year: 3.44) She stressed that EVERY GRADE is important!
2. You also have your science only GPA which covers only your best attempts at all the sciences. (average for this year: 3.40)
3. Next, you have your organic chemistry and physics GPA to be calculated. (every attempt-average for this year: 3.19). You must have taken all your organic chemistries and physics in under 6 years.
4. Finally, they look at your "trend" from your last year's worth of work or your last 30 hours. They like to see 16 to 18 hours per semester with a 3.5 GPA or better.
Your course load and GRE scores together with the above make up 50% of the score for your application. (average GRE for this year: quantitative and verbal= 1075; will mix and match your best scores but less than 1000 total is bad and less than 400 in either section is bad). Visit www.gre.org for more information on the GRE.
The other 50% of your application score is the non-academic portion such as your work experience, letters of recommendation, essays, interview, etc.
The admissions committee is split up into 3 sub-committees; one for AL, one for KY, and one for the At-large applicants; so actually you are only competing with students in from your category.
Although the interview is only part of the process, it is an important part. Dr. Angarano told us that the committee uses the interview to finalize their view of you. They are looking for maturity, understanding of the profession, work experience, etc. They do not interview all applicants because they feel this may give false hope to some. They do interview all the first time applicants and only the second time applicants who interest them. If you are a second time applicant you need to be sure you are working on the things that were suggest to you in your post- interview review. Don't lose hope if you are a second time applicant; every year each class is made up of approximately one-third of second time applicants.
There isn't a set amount of volunteer work that you must have, but you should have enough that you understand what you are getting into.. Also, they like to see a variety of volunteer work, including large and small animal experience, occasionally even research experience.
Your schedule when you get into vet school will be heavily loaded with hours. For example, when you are a freshman vet student you will be required to take a 20-hour load (that's actually 34 hours of contact). A typical freshman vet student is in class 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday (with an hour lunch break). One class that Dr. Angarano suggested that one should try to take as an undergrad. is cell biology because it will help you when you get into vet school.
Finally, the job market for veterinarians now is huge! The average base salary is $43,230 but increases and varies from veterinarian to veterinarian. The average student debt for vet school students is $55,311, but they are trying to look into lowering that number over time. After Dr. Angarano answered questions about the application process and the interviews, the meeting closed at 9:15pm.