Bruce V. Hofkin

Pre-veterinary Advisement

As the pre-veterinary advisor for the Department of Biology, I can help you prepare for entry into a school of veterinary medicine and for a career as a veterinarian. My office hours, available for walk-in advisement change each semester. Alternatively, you are always welcome to contact me for an appointment to have specific questions answered or to perform a full review of your preparation for veterinary school. Each school of veterinary medicine has, of course, its own specific requirements, and each assesses candidates in different ways, but in very general terms, preparation for admission to veterinary school can be broken down into four key components:

  • Academic performance. Veterinary school admission is extremely competitive. While a 4.0 is not required, very good grades are important. A bad semester or even a bad year, however, does not necessarily mean that you cannot get admitted. Admissions committees look for steady progress and realize that many students don’t start off particularly strong. Admissions committees also look at your typical course load. You are expected to be able to handle a full course load. Admissions committees are not impressed with high grades, if the student earning them takes light loads. Science and math GPA is especially important. There are other courses such as public speaking, writing, a course in business, and statistics that are good for rounding out a pre-veterinary curriculum.

  • Veterinary experience. Admissions committees consider it vital that you are clearly aware what the profession of veterinary medicine involves, and they expect you to have worked with veterinarians. Either paid or volunteer work is fine. Your emphasis in your work with veterinarians is to be an outstanding employee in terms of reliability, and eagerness to learn. The best thing that you can do is get yourself in position to learn “hands on” skills. It also is a good idea to gain experience with both large and small animals.

  • Other experience. Take full advantage of your years as an undergraduate to experience the many opportunities that are available to you. Admissions committees want to see that you are willing to take on new challenges and take yourself out of your comfort zone. You may wish, for example, to study abroad, or get involved in research. The sky is really the limit here.

  • Involvement in the community. Volunteer experience, leadership experience and community involvement are all very positive things in the eyes of veterinary school admissions committees.

Useful information

The three schools listed above are the three WICHE schools to which New Mexico residents can apply. New Mexico students who are accepted into the WICHE program pay in-state tuition if accepted into one of these programs.

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