The personal statement is your opportunity to define yourself among the hundreds of other applications the admission committees look at. The most-applied to veterinary schools have 800-900 applicants from which they admit less than 200. The personal statement is your opportunity to tell them who you are and why you will be an exceptional student, a valuable colleague, and asset to the profession. In other words, you get to tell them why they should choose you to be a part of their entering class.
Some schools use the personal statement as a major component of the admission formula, but some only consider it a minor component, and some do not read it at all (UC Davis SVM pre-2015, but now they say they are taking it into consideration). You can always contact the admissions office to inquire about the weight of the statement in their admissions formula.
In this article, I describe the process of how I wrote my personal statement with examples (at the end of the blog post) of its progression from brainstorming to first draft to final draft. I have included my actual drafts for you to read for ideas on organization, length, what kinds of things to include, stylistic ideas, etc.
However, remember that it is illegal to plagiarize any part of my essay, and doing so reveals poor ethics, poor writing skills, lack of vet/animal experience, all of which make the plagiarist a horrible veterinarian. You can certainly benefit from reading my statement without plagiarizing it.
Are you in high school and thinking that veterinary medicine may be the right fit for you? Want to learn some exciting fun facts about veterinarians? Then check out the pages below! These are a couple of pre-vet handouts I made for a STEM conference for middle-school girls. Feel free to distribute them for educational purposes as long as my name is retained on the page.
I'm in the slow process of transferring my old articles from my old website - check them out for a ton of pre-vet info! Go to: www.apachegirl.weebly.com
Recently I started listening to podcasts, and I am so bummed I didn't discover them sooner! I recommend them for anyone involved or who wants to become involved in the veterinary community, from pre-vets to vet students to professionals. They are an awesome way to make use of "wasted" time, such as the time you spend driving to the grocery store or folding laundry, and I've learned so much from them. Click "read more" below to see my two favorite podcast channels and a description of each!
Articles in this blog are oriented to readers interested in becoming veterinarians.