High School Students
High school is the period in life to have fun, make mistakes, and create unforgettable memories but, it is also a time to prepare for your future. Below you will find resources to assist you as you navigate through high school as well as prepare you for the next step of your DVM journey --- college!
This PDF file is comprised of Texas colleges offering free tuition based off of family income. Criteria to qualify, test score requirements for acceptance, and application deadline can also be found on this document.
College Application Preparation
Students who have limited financial resources may use the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver form when applying for college.
What I Wish I Knew As A High School Student
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Begin extensive research on colleges and universities starting with in-state institutions. Typically, tuition is significantly cheaper in-state versus out-of-state.
Look into community colleges for basic courses. By taking basic courses at a local community college, you can save money and will have more access to your professors.
Research Dual Degree BS/DVM programs. Some universities offer dual degree programs which allows students to obtain two degrees in a shorter amount of time.
Research prerequisite for various veterinary schools. Not all veterinary schools require a bachelors degree to apply. Though obtaining a bachelors degree is ideal for most, if you are 1000% sure that this is the career for you, be advised that some veterinary schools only require specific prerequisite courses in order to be an eligible applicant.
EXPOSURE IS ESSENTIAL
It is important to be exposed to as much real-world veterinary medicine as possible before beginning your undergraduate course work. This prevents you from entering a professional field blindly and grants you the assurance that this is the profession for you. Ask local veterinarians to shadow or volunteer at their animal clinic/hospital.
It is common knowledge that you need to have good academic stats, but it is equally as important to be involved within your school via sports and (or) organizations. University admissions teams want to know that you are not only smart, but you can also balance a social life as well as be a leader. This looks great on applications and gives you depth as an applicant.
-Antonia M. Nickleberry, MBA, Founder