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Experiences

This page applies to: VMCAS

In this section, you can enter your professional experiences in several categories, or types. Review the type definitions below, consider the duties you performed during the experience, and use your best judgment to determine which category your experience falls into. If you have any questions about your experiences fulfilling an individual school's requirements, inquire with that school directly.

Although you can enter any experiences that you believe are relevant to your application, we recommend focusing on those experiences within the last 10 years and at the collegiate level and above. Enter only current and in-progress experiences, and check your program's requirements regarding documentation. 

Experience Types

Animal Experience

Animal Experiences include farm and ranch experience, 4-H membership, animal training, or similar activities that were not under the supervision of a veterinarian. Experiences listed as Animal Experience should be different from those entered for Veterinary and Employment experiences. 

Employment

Employment includes paid work done outside of the animal or veterinary field - for example, a retail or restaurant job. Do not include any experiences listed as Veterinary, Animal, or Research. 

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities include experiences you were involved with from high school until the present, including sports/intramurals, clubs, honor societies, committees, community activities, social activities, fraternities/sororities, certifications, and hobbies. List the most recent first. 

Research

Research experience includes any animal and veterinary research, as well as other field and/or laboratory-based research. Include specific details about your work/involvement, including whether the research experience provided an opportunity to present or publish.  

Veterinary Experience

Veterinary Experience includes any veterinary clinical, agribusiness, or health science experiences that took place under the supervision of a veterinarian. Experiences listed as Veterinary Experience should be different from those entered for Animal and Employment experiences. Do not list any veterinary research experience. 

Volunteer

Volunteer work includes experiences outside of the animal care field - for example, Habitat for Humanity, tutoring students, participating in or working for a fundraiser walk or blood drive, etc.

Enter Your Experience

  1. Click Add an Experience.
  2. Select the appropriate experience type from the drop-down. 
  3. Enter information about the organization where the experience took place.
  4. Enter information about your supervisor at the organization.
  5. Enter the date or date range in which the experience took place. Note that your experiences will not display on your application in any specific order, regardless of the dates entered. 
  6. Enter additional details about the experience, including the time frame, if applicable. 
  7. Select Yes or No to indicate a release authorization to allow your selected programs to contact the organization. 
  8. Click Save & Continue

Note that you cannot repeat hours between Experience types. So, if position duties encompass more than one section, enter the position in both sections and divide the hours and duties accordingly.

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