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June 27, 2010 4:13 PM Subscribe
I wanna be a vet when I grow up...so...now what?
posted by hoperaiseshell to education (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm about to be a senior in college, finishing a double major in physics and music. Even though I spent four years in it, I don't think pursuing physics any further is for me. I've (re)discovered a love for helping animals, and I'm trying to switch my focus and get into veterinary school. So far, I have a cumulative 3.7 and not all that many of the pre-reqs out of the way, but I have a fairly solid plan for making that happen over the next two years.
What I'm not sure about is getting practical experience, which every school says is absolutely vital to my getting accepted. I'm supposed to work directly under a professional veterinarian, in as many different veterinary fields as possible (small animal, large animal, exotics, etc.). I need a lot of hours (500 or above by the time I apply). How do I go about finding such a position? I live in St. Louis, Missouri; can I legally work in a vet's office without a vet tech degree, or will this need to be volunteer work? Where can I go near here to get large animal experience? Does anyone have ideas about whom to contact in any of these fields?
Other than that, ANY information about preparing/applying/attending vet school would be appreciated, beyond the stuff about requirements that I can find on the websites.