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post #1 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Highschool Senior anxious...

I know what I want to do- become a vet. That being said, my counsler told me 'Fat chance' and started discussing alternate options. I'm coming here for some hard facts/honest truth.

What I want to do is go to Ohio State University, but I'm torn on majors. I'm a numbers kind of gal, so maybe Buisness? Then going onto vet school, probably at Ohio State.

My GPA is between 3.6-3.8, and I got a 30 on the ACT first time taking it, with no studying or preperation. I'm hopefully going to graduate with honors. My question is, does this look adequete or should I start hauling butt? Additional things are: 4 years marching band and Bowling, two years working at a stable.

Something I have not been able to find with any amount of searching: Are pre-vet requirements just classes I need to take, or do I have to major/minor in it?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 10:45 PM
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I can't tell you what you should do but, speaking as a soon-to-be college senior [I would be graduated already if I hadn't spent 3 years stuck in community college], I know that I changed "career paths" at least 4 times from the time I was a senior in high school to now.

As a high school senior, I wanted to be be a big-time horse trainer and go to Montana State for their horse training program. I thought that alllll the way until the August before my freshman year was about to start [I even got my MSU dorm assignment!]. Then some financial difficulties hit my family so I ended up staying home and enrolling in community college.
Then I spent the next three years in community college, got a general associates degree, and last year finally moved up to my local university.

I'm currently getting a degree in History because that interests me and because it's a pretty general "can go any direction" degree. I'm still pursuing my horse dreams, though in a different way than I thought I would be when I was in high school, and I would still love to make my $$ with animals. However, I'm also getting a degree that's "sensible" and attainable for me, mostly so my resume can look more "well rounded" [like I have other interests outside horses, horses, and more horses] to potential employers.


I think being a vet is a really commendable goal but getting a veterinary degree is TOUGH. There's a reason vets are in high demand!
Definitely shoot for your dreams if you can, but make sure your dreams are attainable. And be willing to let yourself switch dreams. At your age I probably would have gotten SO mad if someone told me that I would be getting a History degree in 5 years...but I am! Haha

That's the one thing I can recommend about a community college experience - in getting a general degree, I had to take SO MANY random classes that I really got to feel out my interests beyond a "hey, I think I miiiight like that subject, but I don't know."

And really, being a vet is wonderful wonderful goal. I don't want to dissuade you from that at all! But make sure you don't paint yourself into a corner, as it were, while getting your vet degree. :)

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 11:09 PM
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Why not call the vet school and ask ?
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Your ACT score is really good. OSU will love that. Your GPA is pretty decent. My GPA was really high with my ACT being about average and I was accepted into OSU. So I think you'll be fine if you want to go there but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't work your butt off this year. Every little bit helps to secure a spot in where you want to go.

As far as what you should do in college. That's completely up to you. If you really want to be a vet, then go for it. As Wallaby said, they are in big demand and if it really interests you then I think you should go for it.

Here's a link to the pre-requisites for Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State. The pre-reqs are what you need to complete in order you to not only apply, but to be looked at for entering the DVM program. And no you don't have to minor in them. They are just classes that you are required to take for that particular program.

http://majors.osu.edu/pdfview.aspx?id=135

And I'm just assuming that you mean OSU main campus in Columbus. Which is the campus that the link I posted is specified for.

I have another link you can look at if you just want to browse the majors that are available at all OSU campuses. Make note of which majors are present at which campus.

Undergraduate majors

Are those the only extracurricular activities you've done? Colleges are big on volunteer services. If you can, start keeping track of all volunteering that you've done.

If you have anymore college questions don't be afraid to ask anyone.

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You needed to be thinking about your college aspirations 3 years ago. Everything you have done, not done, grades, class choices... will weigh in the selection process not just your undergraduate work. As far as an undergraduate degree, it should be science based. Biology, chemistry, genetics, physics...even engineering. Don't waste your $$ on a business degree. It isn't going to help your application. If you are serious about it, you need to be applying yourself now in everything you do. You can't just "haul butt" to make it over the finish line. They will see right though that.

I would seek out a resent graduate and ride around with them if possible for a week and pick their brain. What was their experience? How did they get into the program. Your vet is a better advocate than your counselor even if they've been practicing for 40 years, they are in contact with teaching hospitals they know the selection process, they've been through it, they probably know the dean... You also need a reference from him/her. You should secure a work position with him/her for next summer even if it's unpaid.

You also can't put all your eggs in the OSU basket. You will apply to every program that's out there and you will take the offer from which ever school makes you an offer. Research the other schools and weigh their strengths. Do they have a stellar faculty in your area of interest? Are they pioneers in a certain area of research that is of interest to you?
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I'm in Australia so the GPA/ACT doesn't mean too much to me - but I just wanted to say work your butt off at school and give yourself as many options as possible!
If you want to be a vet - then go do it. Its a pretty hard degree to get into even over here, but there isn't any reason why its impossible!

I'm another one that changed my mind about what I wanted to do about 300 times. I even started a nursing degree straight out of highschool, dropped out because life turned to crap, did real estate for a while before coming back to nursing this year with a distinction average. Moral of the story is that you don't have to take the direct way in. If you don't get in at first and its what you really want to do KEEP TRYING!

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I'm normally a nice person and I don't say mean things. But SCREW your counselor! Your grades are great. Don't let her bring you down. My counselor was awful, too, and told me there was no way I would ever become a vet. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA and a 29 ACT score. I'm 17 and just graduated high school.

I'm going to Grand Valley State University this fall. It has a pre-veterinary program that, after four years, results in me graduating with a Bachelor's of Science. After that, I just need to get accepted into veterinary school and do four more years. I'm planning on working my tail off!

Honestly, if you have a passion for animals, you can do it. Especially with your amazing smarts! Seriously, that's incredible! Just find a college that offers a good pre-veterinary program. :)

Don't change your entire life/career around what one counselor told you. I'm a firm believer in the fact that if you can dream something, you can achieve it. What if, 20 years from now, you have a great high-paying job, but you hate it? Wouldn't you regret not becomng a vet from the beginning? Just ponder that.
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-04-2013, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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You needed to be thinking about your college aspirations 3 years ago. Everything you have done, not done, grades, class choices... will weigh in the selection process not just your undergraduate work. As far as an undergraduate degree, it should be science based. Biology, chemistry, genetics, physics...even engineering. Don't waste your $$ on a business degree. It isn't going to help your application. If you are serious about it, you need to be applying yourself now in everything you do. You can't just "haul butt" to make it over the finish line. They will see right though that.

I know, but I'll probably end up hauling butt just because I'm scared of not getting in. I talked to a vet, and they recommended a buisness degree because, in their words 'most vets go under because they don't understand money'. I'll be checking into those degrees though.

I would seek out a resent graduate and ride around with them if possible for a week and pick their brain. What was their experience? How did they get into the program. Your vet is a better advocate than your counselor even if they've been practicing for 40 years, they are in contact with teaching hospitals they know the selection process, they've been through it, they probably know the dean... You also need a reference from him/her. You should secure a work position with him/her for next summer even if it's unpaid.

I'll be sure to do this, because the husband of the woman I'm free-leasing from is a vet. I don't know why I didn't think of that myself.

You also can't put all your eggs in the OSU basket. You will apply to every program that's out there and you will take the offer from which ever school makes you an offer. Research the other schools and weigh their strengths. Do they have a stellar faculty in your area of interest? Are they pioneers in a certain area of research that is of interest to you?

I will weigh them, but it'd probably be biased since I love OSU. Plus, it's the only college my parents have approved. I was also told that most of their vet students come from their college, with as few as 10% being from outside.
Thanks everyone! I will be checking into everything and trying to beef up my extras! I volunteered at a shelter, but I was not impressed- I'm only allowed to mop floors and clean windows. Guess it's time to get my cleaning gloves on...
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Why not call the vet school and ask ?
This. Go right to the source for what you need. And OSU is a great school..go Buckeyes!
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A lot depends upon which vet school you want to attend. Your high school grades and ACT score are OK, but much will depend upon where you take your undergraduate degree and how well you do. The vet school at Mizzou is extremely competitive and you need excellent grades from a good school to get in - I don't know about OSU...

We really need more vet schools so it isn't so competitive - there are a lot of people that would make good vets, but just can't get in because there isn't enough space...
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