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"None at all. They were super friendly and wanted to make sure you were not stressed so that you could perform at your best. They even had cute line pictures for us to color :') and they stressed interacting with the other applicants because they could be our future colleagues"
"Nothing - everything flowed well and everyone was extremely welcoming and excited to have the interviewees there!"
"It would be wonderful if interviewees could sit in on a class!"
"Provide updated admissions metrics (i.e. GPA breakdown and GRE scores, as well as average experience hours and types) each year. On the fence about this, though, because while convenient, I know that a lot of prospective applicants obsess over the numbers and lose sight of the big picture."
"Longer/more extensive tours, more time spent with interviewer, multiple interviewers, more students available for the tours"
"Try to improve the student:interviewee ratio! It makes for awkward dynamics when 5 interviewees have to compete for the attention of a single first year student to make a good impression."
"I love how much time we have to talk to the students. They should tell us about the happy hour before we come, though, because a lot of people had to leave to catch trains straight after that they might not have if they'd known."
"Nothing, I loved that they provided snacks while we were waiting"
"Don't let students have a say in who gets into veterinary school. It is, quite frankly, ridiculous that our PEERS can influence one of the most important decisions in our lives. Years of hard work should not be circumvented by a popularity contest."
"To provide application tracking, so students may determine if all transcripts, scores, and prerequisites are complete."
"to try to be a bit more responsive and friendly towards the interviewees"
"Have an online portal and communicate with applicants in this manner. It saves time and paper and is extremely useful for applicants."
"I wish more of the application had been elctronic - such as having a "status page" for checking if a"
"For the students interviewing at the Penn campus, maybe consider showing a video of New Bolton."
"Have both interviewers read the file. It will be more work, but I think it will be a more rewarding"
"You may want to screen a New Bolton video for those students who only interview at the Philadelphia."
"Keep doing what you're doing. It's the best interview process out there!"
"It might be nice to have access to the curriculum online before applying."
"Three hours was a loooong time to sit and talk with students, especially knowing that they have inpu"
"If you were accepted to penn, but asked to take a gap year what would you do with that gap year?"
"In 45 years from now, after retiring as a veterinarian, what do I want to be remembered by?"
"Have you ever experienced convenience euthanasia in your clinic? How would you deal with that kind of situation?"
"What do you like to do outside of school or work?"
"Can you explain your experience working for Merck Animal Health Canada?"
"What are your thoughts on animal welfare and rights? (We discussed my fear free certification which lead to this question)"
"If you could not be a veterinarian, what would you do?"
"There are several doctors in my family, so my interviewer asked me why I chose veterinary medicine over human medicine."
"No specific questions. Anything they wanted to know was worked out of me via casual conversation. The direction of the interview focused on my interests and what sort of education I was hoping to obtain."
"Why do you want to be a veterinarian?"
"Why I had decided to do a variety of experiences with many veterinarians instead of sticking with one person (which is apparently the norm)."
"why i did not ask a veterinarian i wrote about in my personal statement for a letter of recommendation."
"What do you think you will add to the Class of 2017?"
"Tell me about your experience at the summer VETS program (at Penn)."
"Tell me about you research experience? What have you learned from it?"
"Tell me how you decided upon vet medicine"
"Is there such a thing as a routine surgery?"
"Tell me about yourself. (One interviewer has not seen your file and the other has.)"
"How do you feel about research?"
"How did you come to be here?"
"Tell us about your research experience."
"Why not just pursue a PhD (I was interested in research)"
"What clinical experience do you have?"
"How did you get to be here?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Where have you applied and gotten in, and why would you choose UPenn over any of those other schools?"
"Why veterinary medicine, if I was accepted everywhere where would I go and what would I do if I wasn't accepted anywhere"
"What would you do if someone wants to put down a healthy animal? What's your experience with euthanasia?"
"Why Penn vs. other vet schools? Where else have you applied?"
"Tell me about where you grew up, where you went to school, etc."
"What have you been doing the last 6 months since you've been out of school? (I've been doing research) How do you feel about killing rats? what if they were cats?"
"Tell us a little about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself. (not really a question, but it's the first thing they asked me)"
"If you were me, what questions should I be asking in order to get to know who you are.
One of the interviewers had read my file, while the other had not. The closed file interviewer asked all the questions."
"What was the most interesting thing you've encountered?"
"tell me about yourself"
"Why do you want to be a vet? Where do you see yourself in 4 years after you graduate from vet school?"
"Why do you deserve to be here? Why should you get in when that means somebody else doesn't?"
"1.) Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me your GPA, GRE scores, and percentiles."
"What will you do if you don't get into vet school?
I really didn't appreciate how one of the interviewers told me I should try to be a vet tech assistant to gain experience for a year if I didn't get in because lab jobs were too competitive."
"Why do you want to be a vet? What will you do if you don't get into vet school this year? Do you have any questions for us?"
"Why do you want to be a vet?"
"How did it feel to be rejected by Penn last year?"
"Cold Interviewer: Tell me about yourself, and most importantly, why you want to be a veterinarian."
"What will you do if you don't get accepted to any of the schools you applied to this year?"
"tell me about yourself..."
"What are some adjectives that describe you?"
"Tell me about the path you took to get to where you are right now?"
"One of the interviewers is open file and the other is closed file. The majority of the questions are asked by the closed file interviewer, so the first quesion I got was: "I know nothing about you. Tell me a little about your background and interests.""
"What is the lowest grade you have ever received in a class?"
"Tell us about yourself? Why Vet Med?"
"Tell me about yourself and how you came to be sitting in that chair today."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Why did you choose the undergrad institution you did?"
"What animal are you most like?"
"Tell me where you grew up, went to school, and about you. the cold interviewer wanted to get to know me."
"something along the lines of ''why are you worthy of being one of the 15% to get invited to an interview?''"
"You put in your application that you want to pursue lab animal medicine. Have you seen enough in this field to solidfy this track? "
"Tell me about your equine experience."
"I have not read your application, so please summarize how you got to this point."
"Why equine vet med?
''Cold'' inteviewer asked most questions...about my background, research, experiences, etc"
"What do you do for fun? Sports?"
"tell me about yourself. "
"Explain the discrepancy between your GPA and your GRE scores...ie the GPA is not so great but the GRE scores are very high."
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell us about yourself and why vet-med?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"Do you plan to stay in Pennsylvania once you're finished school? (I've moved around a lot and went to college out of state.)"
"Tell me about yourself.."
"How do you relieve stress?"
"Why do you want to be a vet?
Don't say ''Because I love animals!''...they'll throw you out the door."
"What were your favorite and least favorite PreRequisite Classes and why?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"What would you do if a client wanted to euthanize their healthy pet? Then the client gets mad and says if you don’t do it they will?"
""So we have both read your file and application, can you tell us about something not on your application?" I talked about the internship I started after submitting my application."
"If you got accepted into UPenn but were told you had to wait a year to join the class, what would you do during that year?"
"What is the biggest challenge facing veterinary medicine today?"
"There wasn't one question in particular that really intrigued me. The entire interview was interesting and conversational."
"What are some memorable cases that you saw while working at (vet hospital I work at)?"
"She wanted to know more about my basketball officiating."
"Interviewer gave me a lot of industry advice, which I hadn't expected. It made the whole experience more relaxing because it felt like a genuine conversation rather than constant questions and prodding."
"What do you think can be done to decrease the excess of Thoroughbreds in the industry?"
"if we were to give you a degree right now what would you do with it"
"How do you feel about using mice in your research?"
"I mentioned where one of my experiences was, and one of my interviewers was from the same area so we talked about that for a bit."
"Has there ever been a time when you were shadowing where someone asked for a healthy animal to be put to sleep?"
"What are you reading right now"
"If you got accepted to all of the schools you applied to, what would be your top choice and why?"
"What are your 3 strengths and 1 weakness?"
"What do you want to do to change the world?"
"Would you be interested in placing pacemakers in dogs?"
"After reading your PS, you mentioned that you wanted to use sociology to try to understand the problem of animal abuse. How would you do this and how can you start to affect change? (also a hard question in general)"
"They noted my research interests and concern for food animal welfare. How would I interact with food vets in my class who might have differing opinions about the issue?"
"Animal welfare vs. animal rights"
"(From the cold interviewer after he had asked me most of the questions) When I read your file what will I wished we had talked about that we haven't yet?"
"Tell me about puppy mills."
"none were really interesting... it was pretty standard"
"5 adjectives to describe myself"
"Do you like milk?"
"What is an interesting case that you have seen in your experience?"
"What do you say to a client who refuses to pay the money to save their pet and just wants you to perform the euthanasia?"
"Where else did you apply and what have you heard so far? (this question just seemed odd, and I naturally answered, but wasn't prepared to answer it)"
"What was your most interesting veterinary experience?"
"The one interviewer asked about what I did in a club in high school, French Honor Society. The interviewer was French."
"How will rural vs. city life enter into your decision on which veterinary school to attend?"
"None were interesting, all basic get-to-know-you questions."
"What was the most difficult thing you did?"
"I told them I want to be on the IACUC committee and they asked "if you were on the committee, what would your goal be?""
"Do you think you can accomplish the goals you set out in your PS in regards to helping people and animals, and research, without getting a DVM?"
"Is it ethical to breed mice strains that have a perinatal lethal mutation (such as the one in my lab)"
"What do you do for fun?"
"None. They were pretty run of the mill. I was really not impressed with my interviewers. They were old and didn't seem to be with the times."
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Does your husband, as a human physician, take veterinary medicine seriously?"
"After talking about my study abroad in Belize: Did you go snorkeling while you were there?"
"Is there any specific thing you encountered at <experience> that you would like to see a solution for? Ex. cure for a disease, better way to treat something, etc."
"Is there any part of veterinary medicine you don't like?"
"if handed a degree today, where do you see yourself in 5 yrs"
"What don't you like about working in an animal hospital? (I talked about all the decisions based on money, and how I'm not good with conversations about money yet.)"
"What position did you play in rugby? (one of the interviewers had played when he was younger)"
"Sometimes the admittance comes down to a numbers game. How do you think you'll handle it if you don't get in?"
"What happened so far in your life that has led to you sitting in the chair before me?"
"Describe a clinical experience you've had that has left an impression on you? I began describing the doctor/client relationship, how the vet I shadow is very good at putting people at ease and has a very high rate of people who come back to him because they trust him and his work...They pressed me for a specific case that I had seen. Luckily I had thought about this before hand so I was then able to come up with an interesting case I could briefly talk about. They also asked me where I shadowed and who owned the hospital (one of my interviewers seemed to know one of the owners)."
"Of all the pieces of music you have performed, which is your favorite and why?"
"Using specific cases, tell us about the best and worst parts of clinical medicine."
"Who played the Supreme Being in Time Bandits? (This related to my application, lol)"
"What gets you pumped up?"
"How do you feel about the gender imbalance at veterinary school?"
"Several detailed questions about the research that I have been doing for the last year. Both interviewers were intrigued by the type of research."
"If I handed you a VMD today, where would you want to be in 5 years?"
"What animal am I most like?"
"do you do laboratory work? (referring to the AH i work at)"
"what do you think everyone else has on their application that you don't?"
"Have you seen any shocking cases during you preparation to applying?"
"What animal, if your friends saw it, would make them say, ''That's Emily!''? And why?"
"What was it like going to my undergrad school the year it was voted one of the best party schools in the country?"
"About the reality of veterinary medicine in my country (I'm an international student). The interviewer had worked over there and wanted to discuss some issues with me... I just wasn't expecting it...)"
"If you were an animal, which would you be and why?"
"tell me about one exiting/memorable moment during your past internship experience "
"How have you really screwed up in the past?"
"What is your LEAST favorite thing about veterinary medical clinical work?"
"Nothing was really that interesting. The cold interviewer asked me a lot about my research, and that was pretty much it."
"What are your personal faults?"
"If you're not accepted this year, what will you be doing for the next twelve months?"
"What's the last book that you read?"
"What do you do for fun? (NOT HARD -- just caught me off guard, didn't expect it!!)"
"Why are you shaking? We all had a good laugh at that one. I think they asked it first to help calm me down."
"I mentioned how I want to go into public health. I accidentally brought up SARS and Avian Flu. One of my interviewers (who specializes in public health) asked me the difficulties of detection between the two. If you're going to bring something up during the interview, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!"
"For me the most intersting question was about my large animal experience since it was very nontraditional and this led into a conversation about wildlife and zoo stuff."
"Tell us about yourself, your life, and how you got to be sitting here today. "
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