Your personal statement is a ONE-PAGE essay that gives veterinary admissions committees a clear picture of who you are and, most importantly, why you want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Your essay should answer why you want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Although there is no set of rules mandating what a strong personal statement should include, here are a few tips to help you successfully craft an effective personal statement:
Explain a defining moment that helped steer you toward a career in veterinary medicine. Consider using that moment as the focal point of your essay.
Be original and thoughtful: Discuss how you would contribute to the profession and patient care, all of which will help you stand out from other applicants.
As you are telling us why you want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, explain why you are a good candidate for veterinary school. Ask yourself—in a pile of 100 applications, would I enjoy reading my statement? Be sure to convey your passion for veterinary medicine in your statement.
Many of you have had meaningful experiences with animals or veterinarians as children and these are important but should only be mentioned briefly.
Your application materials already contain a summary of your accomplishments, so avoid repeating information from your transcriipts or reference letters.
Give yourself time to organize your thoughts, write well and edit as necessary.
Ask yourself if this essay is a good representation of your character, ideals and aspirations.
Don’t forget to proofread!