Admission Factors

Veterinary programs generally consider the following factors when deciding who to admit.

Academic ability

Veterinary medicine and animal experience

Volunteer or paid experience working with animals, ideally in a veterinary medicine setting, is required by many schools and encouraged by all. Many schools even require a minimum number of hours of experience.

Competitive applicants will have experience in a variety of settings and exposure to different types of animals (e.g. small animal, large animal, exotics, aquatics, lab animals, and wildlife). These experiences allow applicants to test their career decision and be confident that veterinary medicine is a good fit. Applicants who have researched and gained direct exposure to the profession will be better prepared to write a compelling application and respond to interview questions.

We’re also happy to meet with students to discuss options for gaining veterinary medicine and animal experiences.

Letters of recommendation


To prepare for a vet med program interview:

Be prepared to discuss: