After being rejected three times, I decided to apply to one of the Caribbean schools of veterinary medicine. I chose St. George’s over Ross for a host of reasons.
Ross as many know does trimesters, which is great because you never get out of “school” mode but I wanted summers to do externships so I can network and hopefully that will help me get a job once I’m all done. St. George’s is on the same type of schedule as US schools (summer and winter breaks, yay!). I also like how St. George’s has the vet school, med school and the graduate programs at the same campus. Having a bunch of other like-minded-but-not-veterinary people around seemed like a good fit for me. They also have school bus routes so I won’t have to buy an island car (though they do look really cool!).
Anyways, I applied for fall 2017 very early. I started my applications in January right after getting all my rejection letters from everyone else.
Soon after submitting all the required material I received this email:
This was so encouraging after this past application cycle. I set up my interview and was absolutely ecstatic. The veterinarian who interviewed me was very friendly and it really seemed more like a conversation than a Q&A.
They actually revamped their interview process right before I interviewed and they didn’t have me do any essay questions. The vet didn’t get my application like before and she was required to use questions that the school supplied. I’m guessing this was to level the playing field a bit.
Major things covered:
What’s a current issue in veterinary medicine? What is your opinion on the current approach?
What are your personal and academic strengths and weaknesses?
How will you contribute to diversity?
Do you feel you performed to the best of your ability in your pre-veterinary coursework?
Vet school is expensive; do you have a plan to pay for it/repay student loans?
How do you think you will handle living on an island?
Those are the major ones I remembered. There was also plenty of time to ask her any questions I had and I didn’t feel rushed at all.
Overall I think it was a great first experience for the interview process.