How many people interviewed you?
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"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?"
"Tell us about a time you helped a friend through a stressful situation"
"How do I manage stress in a school and work setting?"
"How do you feel about animals being used in research?"
"Describe your veterinary/research experiences."
"Are you interested in pursuing research?"
"What do I do in my spare time that isn't animal related?"
"What grades did you get this fall quarter?"
"Please tell me more about the experience you mentioned in your personal statement."
"How do you feel about the use of animals in research?"
"How did you become interested in veterinary medicine?"
"Why not pursue a combined degree? (I have a lot of research experience)"
"If you did not get into vet school and could never reapply, what would you do?"
"why do you want to make the switch from technician to veterinarian"
"Tell me about your research? I'd mentioned research right away during the "tell me about yourself" question, and it flowed from there."
"What would you do if someone came into your clinic and wished to euthanize a pet simply because they did not desire the pet any longer?"
"That school has a riding team, doesn't it?"
"How do you feel about euthanizing mice in research? What if it was a dog? (I had worked in a vivarium for 2 years)"
"Name some interesting cases you have seen."
"How do you know you want to go into zoo medicine if you have no experience in it?"
"You have a lot of experience as a tech. What makes you want to go beyond that level and go to veterinary school?"
"Why mixed animal medicine?"
"In 5 years, what would you like to be doing with this degree?"
"About convenience euthanasia and how I would deal with it."
"Your position when it comes to animals use in research"
"Three word to describe yourself."
"Tell me about the Amish perspective toward animal welfare. (I'm from a community surrounded by Amish)"
"Tell me how your best friend would describe you i n3 words."
"One thing about my clinical experience positive or negative"
"What would you do to improve our farming system?"
"How do you feel about ear cropping?"
"Can you name some issues veterinarians face today?"
"What do you see yourself doing with this degree?"
"Why Penn? and what is your plan B if won't be accepted this year?"
"What types of topics in Biology excite you?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"why do you want to be a lab animal vet?"
"How do you feel about the use of animals in research? How do you feel about the general welfare of the animals that you work with? (I work with lab animals)"
"Do you do experiments that involve killing mice? How do you feel about that? What if it were monkeys, or dogs and cats?"
"2.) Tell me about __________ (the gene I'm researching) - one of the interviewers was open file. 3.) Is it ethical to breed mice strains that have a perinatal lethal mutation (such as the one in my lab)"
"What is your opinion on horse slaughter?"
"Starting from the beginning of college, tell us how you got to where you are today?"
"Why do you want to be a veterinarian?"
"About my research. "
"Do you think you might switch to large animal? (I'm SA)"
"Do you think you can handle the stresses of vet school, and why?"
"My feelings on the unwanted horse situation."
"Why did you pick a position at a small animal clinic instead of finding clinical work in the equine field?"
"What would you do as a vet if an owner brought in a perfectly healthy dog and wanted to put it to sleep because they're going on vacation and couldn't find anyone to watch the dog?"
"What three words would you use to describe yourself?"
"What makes you stand out among all the other qualified applicants we are inerviewing?"
"Is money an issue?"
"Tell us about your research."
"What do you do for fun? Do you go into NYC a lot? (I go to school near NYC)"
"What is the most pressing issue facing veterinarians today?"
"Why did you choose the schools you applied to? "
"Tell me about your research."
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
"Where do you see yourself 5 years out of vet school?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"They wanted more explanations about my research and other course work I did at college."
"do you think your limited of clinical experience is going to be a problem for you?"
"Why vet medicine instead of human medicine? "
"What system did you find most interesting in anatomy?"
"If I gave you a veterinary degree right now, how would you use it (today)?"
"Why did you chose to apply to this particular list of schools?"
"What is not in your application file that would help us get to know you more?"
"what do you do for fun?"
"Sum up your research for me."
"What do you do to relieve stress/ in your free time?"
"Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?"
"If you don't get in to veterinary school this year, what will you do?"
"What do you do for fun in your spare time?"
"Why vet med?"
"How will you deal with living in the city?"
"How are you going to adjust to living in a city?"
"What are your feelings on animals in research? Be honest. There's no right or wrong answer. They just want to see how you think and feel on the subject."
"How do you deal with stress and managing a busy schedule?"
"Is there anything you want to ask us?"
"What do you do when a client comes in and asks about dogs that are being used as research? Then what if the research page explicitly said the animals were in pain."
"How do I feel about convenience euthanasia?"
"What are some problems that vets face today?"
"Tell me about a clinical case that you thought was interesting."
"How do you relieve stress?/What are your hobbies?"
"give us some background information about yourself (since the other guy had not read my application)"
"Describe a time you had to solve an interpersonal conflict in a work setting."
"What other careers did you explore before deciding on veterinary medicine?"
"If you had to think of one thing your recommendation letters commended you on, what would it be?"
"Are you interested in going into research or clinical work?"
"Tell me about experience X and what you learned from it."
"Have you had any small animal experience? (I'm LA interest)."
"tell me about a specific case"
"Why don't you just get a PhD? I had indicated that I was interested in combined degree programs and doing research as a career."
"Have you experienced any tragedy at that experience?"
"Have you ever worked with a veterinarian? What did you do?"
"How do you feel about zoos today? ( I had interned at a zoo)"
"If I gave you your degree today, where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
"What is your favorite book?"
"What would you say is your greatest weakness? Followup: Do you think this will hinder you in any way during veterinary medical school? Why or why not?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Your position on the issue of convenience euthanasia"
"How would a friend describe you in 3 words?"
"What was a time you messed up? What did you learn from it?"
"What would you tell animal welfare advocates if they saw a heifer covered in manure out in the field? (stupid question)"
"Tell me how you would describe yourself in 3 words."
"Where I see myself in 5 years"
"They asked me to defend a few of my grades from undergraduate."
"Tell me how your friends would describe you. What do you do in your free time? What is an interesting case you've seen?"
"You can still work with animals without being a veterinarian, ie tech, shelters, etc...So why get this degree?"
"Tell us about your research"
"What will you do if you don't get in?"
"Tell us about an equine medical mystery you have encountered that sticks out in your mind."
"what are your hobbies?"
"If you get into every school that you applied to, where will you go and why?"
"If a person comes in with an old incontinent dog, ready to go on vacation, and wants the dog euthanized so they don't have to board it, what do you do?"
"4.) If a young Jack Russell Terrier went and bit a neighbor's infant, what should happen? 5.) What if the dog was not vaccinated for Rabies and was at risk? "
"Why do you think your backgrund in X will make you a good veterinarian?"
"What is an important research project you have been a part of?"
"What is your biggest weakness? "
"What would you do if you don't get into any vet schools?"
"Why did you choose the undergrad schools that you did? (I have an AS from a community college and a BA from a city school)"
"If you got into all of your schools, what is your first choice and why?"
"Tell me about a specific case at <experience>. "
"Where does Penn rank among the other schools you applied to?"
"what do you do for fun when not working/studying?"
"Vet school can be very stressful - what do you do to relax?"
"What was a highlight and lowlight of your shadowing experience at ____ Hospital?"
"Are there any aspects of working in a small animal hospital that have been difficult for you?"
"Tell me about some interesting cases you have seen."
"Tell us about your research?"
"What would you do if an owner brought in a healthy 2-year-old dog and asked for it to be euthanized simply because they couldn't find anyone to watch the dog while they were on vacation?"
"Why do you want to be a veterinarian."
"What do you bring to the table in terms of diversity?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Why not human medicine?"
"Give me an example of a clinical case that you spent a lot of time on. How did you go about researching and diagnosing the problem."
"Why don't you have LA experience?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Explain your verbal GRE score (was bad). What would you do if you didn't get into Penn?"
"you've done a lot of different things and change your mind a lot-- how can i be sure that you're committed to this field?"
"**This was not my question, but it was the most interesting one I heard from others. If an owner came in with a perfectly healthy puppy and wanted to euthanize him, what would you do? There were several follow up questions and a simple answer was not taken. "
"Tell us something about you that's not in your application."
"Will you apply again if you don't get in? What are your other options if you don't get in to any veterinary schools?"
"Is there something else you think we should have asked you, or anything else you would like us to know? Any questions for us?"
"How would your parents handle you moving to Philly?"
"is there anything else you want to let us know?"
"Was there anything you have heard about Penn that you would like clarification on, negative or positive?"
"Tell about an instance when you encountered a case involving animal abuse and/or euthanasia. How did you morally feel about the actions that were taken?"
"Explain your research (and several specific questions about it that were easy to answer)"
"Do you have any questions for us?"
"Any questions for us?"
"What makes you stand out from the rest of the applicant pool?"
"Tell me about XXXXXXXXX experience."
"Where do you see yourself in 10/15 years?"
"They will ask you stuff in your application. ''So tell me about this. How was your experience during this. What was your favorite/worst moment during this. etc''"
"Tell us about yourself."
"Is there anything else you want us to know?"
"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. "
"What do you want your legacy to be after you retire?"
"You've become a vet, you're now 80 years old and retired. What would you want your legacy to be? (I was not expecting this kind of question at all!! The interviewer saw my expression change and was like, "Interesting question, eh?" HAHA"
"What is your biggest failure and how did you overcome it?"
"What are challenges you see the veterinary field facing in the coming years?"
"No difficult questions per se. Just had a hard time explaining one of my experiences."
"None that I can think of."
"Asked about a specific experience from long time ago, and I was a bit fuzzy on the details"
"Equine vets get beat up- how do you feel about this? (I didn't really have anything else to say besides "Yes, I know. That's what happens when you work with horses.")"
"ethical questions. ear cropping, declawing, euthanasia, etc."
"Why not a just a PhD? Wasn't particularly difficult, but they definitely tested me on this one. Everything else was extremely conversational."
"You're Catholic, so I know your position on abortion...how do you feel about spaying and neutering animals? (less difficult and more somewhat rude and unexpected)"
"What other schools have you applied to? I was expecting a follow up question where I could explain why I liked UPenn, but there wasn't one; so, it made it awkward."
"What areas of research are you interested in? (only difficult because I have no research interests)"
"What would you do if an owner had a healthy puppy that was tearing the house apart and he wanted you to put it down?"
"Tell me about something that happened in California three years ago."
"Nothing really difficult.... We have a highly qualified pool of applicants this year. What unique talents and experiences would you bring to the school here?"
"What other schools did you apply to and have you heard back from them? and then... Is UPenn your #1 choice? (Though I was honest, I felt very uncomfortable answering this question since I'm sure it biased their overall decision)"
"Question on convenience euthanasia. Be careful of blanket statements. Your answer should be multifaceted."
"What else do you wish we had asked you?"
"Describe any organ's function? (Not hard just not expected) Followed up with an easy tell me a little more about this part of the process."
"If you got accepted to Penn, would you come here? How do you feel about the two separate campuses?"
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"Euthanasia question about putting a healthy animal to sleep"
"What would you do to improve our farming system?"
"You were the 4th vet that these owners have come to and they just want you to put their healthy dog down. What would you do? Followed up with If you refused to put the dog down, what would happen if the owners let the dog out and let it get hit by a car causing an accident? (I failed this question, keep in mind the options of the dog, a humane euthanasia vs. being hit by a car)"
"Why not human medicine?"
"Do you think the schools that rejected you made the right decision? what would you say to the admissions officer of a school that rejected you if she was sitting in front of you right now? Why did they make the wrong decision?"
"If I give you a degree right now, where do you see yourself in 5 year?"
"No difficult questions or tricky ones at all."
"If I (the interveiwer) had to defend your application to the rest of the committee, what would you tell them about your verbal GRE? (it was low)"
"Tell me about a time you screwed up."
"Tell me your scores - I hadn't looked at the exact numbers in a while ad one of the intertviewers is cold so he did not know them. However, if I got the scores wrong the other interviewer, who was hot, would know. Luckily, I remembered them!"
"For some reason I froze for a split second on the why you want to be a vet question. Luckily, the moment of panic passed."
"How will you overcome your liberal arts background to excel in the sciences."
"Do you have any concerns (not in the context of any conversation... just an open ended question). "
"Why do you think you received a C+ in this class?"
"They wanted a lot of technical details about the specific case I mentioned."
"Is there any part of veterinary medicine you don't like?"
"if handed a degree today, where do you see yourself in 5 yrs"
"How do you feel about the current state of food animal production in this country? (I said I don't really know that much about it, that my large-animal experience is very limited, but that I think it's important for all vet school students to learn some about food animals in order to be a better resource to their communities.)"
"What would you say to a farmer if he said he wanted to euthanize a cow that was not producing enough milk? (I am SOOO not a food animal person)"
"In your opinion, have you ever observed animal cruelty and when?"
"Tell me a time you screwed up: it can have been in any area of your life."
"We probably shouldn't ask you this, but where is PennVet on your list out of all your schools... I wasn't sure how to respond to this. PennVet is up there, but I'm not sure if it's #1 for me yet. It was a question I had anticipated but was the only question I feel like I didn't answer as strongly as I could have."
"What are some important food animal issues? (Only hard because I have NO food animal experience, but I was able to talk a little about Prop 2 in CA and Issue 2 in OH)"
"What is your top school out of all of the ones you applied to? Only difficult because I decided to be honest and tell them that my top one probably wasn't Penn. :)"
"Describe a typical day for you, 5 years after completing your VMD. (I know where I want my career to be in 10 years, but I hadn't really thought about what a 24 hour period would be like!!)"
"How would you control disease in a shelter?"
"What have you really screwed up?"
"an ethical question about how you would handle a situation where an owner wants you to euthanize a perfectly healthy young dog just because the dog is destroying the owners home"
"Don't remember how it was phrased, but something about how I dealt with being younger than my peers."
"what was one interesting thing about veterinary medicine that sticks out in your mind? or something like that. it was not a hard question, but i cannot remember the wording but that is what was tough."
"about the ethics of restricting rules on restricting sow movement... i have never touched a pig before"
"Why veterinary medicine and not human medicine?"
"Why did you pick a liberal arts school as preparation for a heavy science curriculum?"
"I was asked an ethical question with a pretty straightforward answer, but it was followed up with a scenario that made it much more complicated."
"The questions were not really difficult: ''Is there any case that stuck with you?'' (about my internship) I couldn't think of anything... The questions about my country were unexpected, but not hard..."
"What makes your application stand out from everyone elses?"
"just a common ethical question. but it seemed like i didn't answer the one that was in his mind. he looked confronted. "
"Is there anything else you want us to know about you?"
"What makes you unique that you could bring to the school?"
"Nothing, in fact I prompted them to ask me several difficult questions and they didn't pursue them at all."
"Tell us about an interesting case you've seen./ Tell us about a case where you've done some background reading about the disease or condition. "
"Describe an ethical dilemma your boss has been faced with as a veterinarian. "
"None- they were all very straightforward and clear."
"No really difficult questions, just tell me about yourself, tell me about XXXXX experience, what did you think of XXXX experience, etc."
"If not veterinary medicine, what would you do?"
"So tell us about yourself. It's an open/closed interview. One person has open file while the other person doesn't even know your name."
"''What is your favorite movie?'' - Yes it was ridiculous, but the experience, best and worst part of the application questions I was prepared for. This one caught me off gaurd, and I didn't help that when I my brain clicked in neither of the interviewers had actually seen any movie I could name."
"What do you think are the strongest and weakest parts of your application?"
"Looking up questions on sdn"
"I reviewed all of the questions on this site for UPenn and reviewed by application and essays."
"Reviewed SDN questions and recalled how my experiences impacted my journey on wanting to become a vet"
"I made sure I was able to summarize my experiences and skills and talk about why I was interested in this school specifically and the veterinary profession."
"Looked at SDN, went over my personal statements, and prepared for questions about my experiences."
"I made a list of questions from the Penn SDN and reviewed them. I thought about possible scenarios I could use to answer them. I also read over my application and essays"
"I made a list of questions to ask both the interviewers and the students present, and read through SDN."
"I read over all the questions on SDN. They didn't necessarily help because the interview was really personalized. Reading over my application DEFINITELY did help, though. The interviewer had a copy she marked with notes and questions in front of her, so she flipped through and asked me about specific experiences."
"Reviewed my application (essays, experiences, etc.), read about the school and its programs, and read the "specific questions" section on SDN."
"Read about the school, looked up research papers by professors"
"I reviewed SDN questions and went over answers/things to talk about with my parents."
"Looked at old SDN interview surveys; mock interview."
"Read over application and practice questions from sdn"
"Made a list of common questions and practiced my answers. Read up on current events in the industry, but that ended up not being an issue."
"looked at the upenn website and read interview results from student doctor network"
"Looked through SDN feedback and thought up some behavioral questions."
"Reviewed the school's website, prepared some common interview questions, reviewed my application and shadowing experiences."
"Practice interview at career services and reading lots of interview feedback. I also looked at the front page of USA Today on the morning of my interview, but they didn't ask about current events at all."
"SDN interview surveys and questions I found online"
"Read SDN and practice out loud."
"No specific preparations other than getting driving directions and parking information."
"Went over ethical questions with my dad."
"Practice questions from SDN, going through all of my application materials, mock interview (1)."
"Going over practice questions, reviewing my application and PS."
"Went through a lot of the questions on SDN, wrote down answers to harder ones."
"Read questions on SDN, practice interviewed"
"Went over old interview questions"
"Read my application, looked at dvm360.com for current events, and researched the school."
"SDN feedback, reread my application, had already gone to a bunch of other interviews"
"tried to relax and go through my main reasons for wanting to be a vet and what I liked about their school"
"Read the SDN questions and reread my application. Advice is to go over the moral questions with your vet."
"SDN and practiced in front of a mirror"
"SDN feedback, read my application, and took a few long breaths :)"
"I looked up current events, reviewed my application, studied practice questions off the internet, and talked to the vets I worked for about their interviews."
"SDN interview feedback"
"SDN Interview Feedback in addition to re-reading my application file."
"Read through interview questions, SD forums, visited school website"
"SDN interview feedback, read up on my research and experiences, read up on current events"
"prepared loose answers for MANY possible questions; reviewed all application materials and experience details"
"Not very much - I just ready questions on here."
"wrote a list of all SDN interview feedback questions and had people test me; read up on current events + relevant zoonotic diseases; wrote up answer to "tell me about yourself question"; wrote up summary of research"
"SDN, AAEP, AVMA, talked to current vet students, etc."
"I interviewed there last year and had just come off of a positive interview at another school, so I didn't prepare much except for reading the recently asked questions. I think it's a fine line between sounding thoughtful and rehearsed. I reread the syllabus and made sure I had questions to ask them. I think that's important."
"Read materials about the school, reread my application. I was really nervous and it showed."
"I read these questions. I research Penn."
"SDN, reviewed VMCAS app, and a mock interview with a friend who is a 3rd year at Penn."
"Penn's website, SDN interview feedback, reviewed personal statement, AVMA website"
"I brainstormed things to say about my skills and qualities in case they asked "why should we pick you over other applicants?" and also thought of questions to ask the students on the admissions committee, and also thought of ways to talk about my whole application in a concise manner."
"Penn's website, talked with coworkers & current students, public speaking class, mock interviews..."
"Re-read my personal statement (they did ask one or two questions about it), read interview feedback, read some articles on Penn's website"
"Looked at UPenn website, read over interview feedback, talked to UPenn alumni. "
"Met with faculty and local veterinarians at/near my school for mock interviews; read up on current events; researched the schools I applied to; reveiwed studentdoctor.net interview feedback"
"sdn, penn's website"
"I read over the interview feedback and looked at my application. Tried to think of answers to seemingly commonly asked questions. I did not practice out loud."
"read my VMCAS and supplemental essays written for other schools, read SDN interview feedback, talked to PennVet alumni"
"Read over my application and studied/thought about answers to common interview questions from previous Penn interviews."
"Read up on current events, read over application information. This was my second year interviewing at U Penn"
"Studied interview questions, talked to Penn students."
"re-read my app, read interview feedback, browsed through Penn's website"
"Used this website and reviewed my application."
"read interview feedback, met with advisor, reviewed my application and resume"
"read interview feedback on this site, reviewed my personal statement, studied the penn vet website"
"Wrote out responses to general interview questions."
"read over my application and Penn stuff, also other feedbacks"
"reading sdn/penn's website"
"Read over previous questions and read over my VMCAS application."
"I did a lot of preparing, but reading other interview feedbacks was most helpful."
"Read over VMCAS application, interview questions I got on the internet, tried to read about some current issues or things related to my specific area of interest."
"I read over old questions that I found and looked back over my file."
"read the school's website, my application etc"
"Looked at Penn website, read over my application"
"Read over past interview questions, practiced my answers to them, researched the program on Penn's website."
"Wrote out key points that I wanted to talk about, basically verbalizing my personal statement. Looked at previous interview questions."
"Read my application, read previous questions."
"Read past interview questions and bought a suit!"
"Read the student brochure and webpage."
"Read through my VMCAs application, *tried* to get enough sleep the night before the interview."
"I read over my vmcas app."
"I made an autobiography and kept saying it in front of the mirror over and over again...until my roommate had it memorized. I still blanked during the interview."
"I read over my application and my personal statement again to refresh my memory and I also poked around the school website to be sure I had intelligent questions to ask."
"Mock interview with former admissions committee member at another vet school."
"The interviewers were very relaxed and treated the interview as a natural conversation."
"The interviewers were very kind and the whole process of waiting to be called and in between tours was also really thoughtful -- they gave us snacks, water bottles, coloring pages to de-stress, and we drew our own name tags."
"The interviewers made jokes to lighten the mood before the interview. They definitely wanted to ease the nervousness so that I could answer at my best. When they asked me to tell them about myself, they genuinely looked interested in hearing what I had to say."
"How positive and welcoming all of the admissions members, students and interviewers were. They made it a very relaxed experience."
"The students were very friendly and welcoming and eager to answer questions."
"How relaxed and conversational the interviewers were. They were very nice, joked around with me."
"There seems to be a really strong sense of community among the students there. The administration also seems to care a lot about the students' experience at the school and is constantly working to improve based on the feedback from the students."
"The current VMD students. They were incredibly friendly and willing to answer questions."
"The engagement of the student tour leaders, the extremely welcoming atmosphere of the school, and the facilities."
"Interacting with the students"
"Everyone was very nice and welcoming. They make you feel like they are genuinely excited that you're interested in Penn."
"The faculty and students"
"The friendly & laid-back attitude of the staff and students."
"friendliness of the students"
"The interview was extremely conversational and relaxed. One of my interviewers even took me to meet another professor after the interview because she was doing research very similar to the project I was working on. The students were all really helpful and friendly and brought my stress level down tremendously. Someone from administration gave a helpful overview of student life and financial aid in the beginning, and even asked individual interviewees about their interests and how Penn might be able to accommodate them."
"The friendliness of the students."
"The students really seemed to love it there, and there was a great dynamic between all of the student reps."
"I was impressed with the school and the small animal hospital."
"They provided snacks for applicants while they waited."
"The interview was extremely laid back and they made it seem like they just wanted to have a conversation."
"School tour, open discussion, invitation to join Friday-night happy hour all with current students."
"The new building of the campus is really nice. There is a lot of great research done at penn. And the penn campus and philadelphia area seem like a really nice place to live. Students also seemed interested in having a life outside of vet school."
"Friendliness of the interviewers."
"Everyone was extremely friendly. The students are also on the admissions committee -- I assume this is because Penn has a very cohesive community and they really want to make sure you will fit into it. I really enjoyed talking with the students."
"The program mostly and how nice the interviewers are."
"Students all raved about the heavy caseload and quality of the teaching staff"
"The school is wonderful, the students were great, and the interviewers were incredibly nice."
"Both interviewers were very nice."
"The students are brilliant and so passionate. I loved them."
"Students were nice, research opportunities looked impressive, hospital was pretty decent with a large caseload"
"students were all very friendly and tried to get us to relax. The area is really nice and facilities seemed great"
"The campus, the students were great too"
"Huge facilities and wonderful staff"
"The amazing facilities, how friendly the admissions directors, students, and faculty were. The history of the school/city"
"The facilities, location and students"
"How nice everyone were, the students and faculty."
"The interviewers were very friendly and I felt very relaxed the whole time."
"Friendliness of student tour guides!"
"Very friendly faculty and students! Loved the people!"
"both the interviewers were EXTREMELY nice!! they even had a glass of water on the table for me. very friendly conversation"
"Current students were amazing; my interviewers were friendly but still professional; everyone seemed approachable; Philadelphia; research opportunities (collaborations with med school); student orgs; history of university"
"The facilities are good, but I didn't see the large animal hospital. The current students seemed really nice."
"the hospital and facilities were AMAZING! I love their new setup of their swine unit (though I didn't see it). I liked how they had the current students really mingle with us and help us relax. the professionalism shown throughout the day."
"Facilities were top notch. The entire day was full of activities, and they went way out of their way to show us the school. It was by far the most impressive tour. I also found the interview to be very formal and academic, which I really appreciated. They asked me intelligent questions directly related to my experiences and I felt that it helped me give them the best impression possible. The student adcom members were very friendly and fun, and really helped us feel at ease. They also answered any and all questions! Overall, it was a fantastic day and I was sold."
"Malcolm Keiter, the dean of admissions gave a different speech than he gave the year before, so I felt better about interviewing a second time. The students were nice and I was really positively impressed by my fellow interviewees! I thought of how awesome it would be to have some of them as class mates! Food was great, everyone was so enthusiastic. You can really feel this cutting edge energy around bc of the awesome equipment, case load etc. You really feel at the forefront of veterinary medicine. I know this sounds cheesy. The students were so friendly! They invited us to happy hour afterwards, which was awesome. I hadn’t had the guts to go the year before. There are dogs running around, beer, and pizza in the vet school! Also, they also do a big little sibling program and pass on tests from one “generation” to the next. Good social scene with other grad students around etc. Also, call me old fashioned, but I don’t mind the lack of computerization. "
"The facilities are amazing! You can't compete with them. Hill Pavilion and New Bolton are world-class. Great case load, lots of culture and people in Philadelphia. Lots of clubs to provide hands on experience. Grad school community. Lots of living options. Large class size = bigger variety of people. VMD cool!"
"They obviously have very nice facilities and a great program. The food was also very good. "
"Everything. Friendliness of people, the structure of the day which was very relaxing and put me (generally a pretty nervous person) completely at ease. Great facilities. "
"Facilities at New Bolton Center were amazing. The students and interviewers were very friendly and wanted to get to know us. During the tour, we got to see current vet students being taught in their labs, and we even observed a stallion being collected! Also, I really like how they get back to you so quickly. They said we would hear how we did within a week either way, but I got a call that night saying I'd been accepted!"
"Friendly, happy people. Enthusiastic professors and vet students."
"The facilities are so extensive!!!!!!! Also the students on the admissions committee were SO NICE! I thought they might be snobby but not at all, I loved them and that made a huge difference in how I felt about the school."
"how laid back the whole process was (especially knowing what to expect - this was 2nd time interviewing there...) It was more of a conversation than a 'grilling'. and getting the acceptance phone call before I even got home!!!"
"The students, faculty, and staff were all incredibly friendly and want to help you relax. The boxed lunches were delicious (some kind of thai sesame noodle salad - really good!). The campus has some beautiful parts and the location (in a large, diverse city) is very appealing."
"The whole interview was very relaxed and the students were very open and helpful. By the end of the day, you kind of forget they are here to judge you. The facilities and caseloads were amazing and the school has so much history."
"The openness of the admissions committee and students. This was my second admissions interview this year, and it was really nice how laid back the whole day felt. They sincerely want to get to know you at the interview. You've made the cut academically, now they want to find out whether or not you are a good fit for their school and vice versa. Also, it didn't feel nearly as competitive as the other interview I attended. Having student representatives with the inerviewees the whole day was awesome. It helped add the the relaxing feel and really gave me a chance to get to know the students. The students were also very honest and made me feel quite comfortable. I even ran into a student in the bathroom who wasn't involved in the admissions process and she took the time to talk to me about the day, which is not something I'd experienced at other schools. The tour was the most thorough I've been on at a vet school, and it shows how much they care about their school. And (can you tell I love this school?) the lunch food was really quite good for a boxed meal. There are a lot of choices, which is nice, and it's not the standard turkey or ham sandwhich."
"enthusiasm of the students and interviewers, hill pavilion, caseload of the hospital"
"the new Hill Pavillion is beautiful, I was also impressed by Ryan hospital overall"
"The school and facilities are really nice. I like that PennVet has such a high hospital caseload and the students seemed very friendly and interested in both their school and new students."
"The size and caseload of the hospital, the friendliness of the students, and the facilities available for classes/meetings/etc. Hill Pavillion and the "old" part of the veterinary school really do feel very isolated and tucked away, which was nice."
"This year the tour was more oriented to the program I am interested in."
"The facilities, the enthusiasm and diversity of the student body, how proud everyone is of the school."
"All the students seemed really happy to be there and were super friendly. They seemed like one big family."
"How welcoming, open, and nice the students, faculty, and staff were."
"The current students that gave you the tour were a wonderful source of information, they wanted to answer all of your questions and were a great resource when it came to questions about the quality of student life and where to live, etc."
"feedback from current students, caseload, seeming accessibility to profs, urban location"
"Laid-back atmosphere and friendliness of students and faculty."
"everyone's friendliness and the lack of competition"
"campus/facilities, the students, the other applicants-- everyone was so friendly"
"The new building was amazing! And the small animal hospital is incredible especially in its caseload. "
"The attitude and friendliness of not only the students giving the tours, but also of the 28 other applicants with whom I spent the entire day."
"The enthusiasm/attitudes of the first and second year students and of the faculty."
"Everyone was very nice. State of the art facilities & technology (Equine)."
"There is a new building (Hill Pavilion) that is amazing. The library and classrooms are there and it is really nice to be in and look at."
"the advanced facilities, large case load"
"The interviewers were really friendly and the students seemed like they are fun and not so stressed out"
"The hospital (and case-load) is amazing, optional business classes, research programs."
"The new building"
"The tour guides are very enthusiastic, the hospital and its caseload are huge, there's a new building."
"The administrators, faculty, interviewers and students were all so friendly. They really made me feel at ease and seemed like a great group with which to spend the next four years!"
"The faculty, staff, and students at Penn are outstanding, and extremely friendly. "
"Penn is simply AMAZING! The students and interviewers were very, very friendly. We learned a LOT about the school, life there in Philly, etc. "
"The new building. Penn has the newest, most state of the art veterinary teaching facility in the world!"
"How nice everyone was. Also, we have a new building!!! The newest state of the art building at Penn."
"I was impressed by the students who gave our tours and guided us through the day, by the teaching hosopital and the new research and teaching building that is being built."
"caseload, quality of resources and faculty, New Bolton Center"
"The interviewers had 5 set questions they needed to ask us."
"Nothing!! After the tours and interview, UPenn became my #1 choice!!"
"The Old Vet Building was pretty old... some of the facilities were not as modern as I had hoped."
"The veterinary campus. It may have been the cold, snowy weather that made it look gloomy. Regardless, it didn't leave the best impression on me. It may have also been the city. Philly is like a flat New York. Charming in some parts, but crowded and somewhat dirty in others."
"Nothing really. The buildings were a bit old, however that's not really a big issue."
"Nada. Well, it was cold."
"some areas of the hospital look older"
"There seems to be a lot of focus on science and diagnostics but the curriculum doesn't seem to really prepare students for clinical practice as well as I would like."
"I did not really feel like they were trying to sale me on the school as much as other schools do."
"Some of the buildings and classrooms are really old."
"That the students had a say in our admissions decision. Ridiculous. Vet school admissions should not be a popularity contest."
"That you don't have ample time to speak, on a meaningful level, with all of the current vet students (yet they are all on the adcom)."
"Not too fond of the location (I'm just not a city girl)."
"The small animal teaching hospital is a little old, however they have made moderate upgrades to certain parts of the hospital."
"The faculty who interviewed me seemed to be arrogant. The city is not nice either. I didn't feel safe."
"professors/interviewers were very rude, implying that my education at my instate (regarded as one of the best in the nation!) would be subpar, felt like just a number - didn't get the impression that Penn cared about who we were and what we wanted to do, they just wanted us to convince them that we were worthy of being associated with their school. My interviewers were ~15 minutes late, so I got a shorter interview and they didn't apologize. Got a very snooty vibe from the school."
"Interviewers were honestly scary. After my interview I was very turned off by the school by how unapproachable and elitist the faculty seemed to be."
"The interviewer seemed a bit harsh at times."
"the distance between the large and small animal facilities, even the vast distance between the different large animal facilities."
"not a lot - althought it would have been nice to be interviewed by a student as well."
"Nothing. Overall I had a great experience :)"
"No lunch provided (but really, I was starving!)"
"the hospital itself is a little old and rundown"
"My interview was not as relaxed as some - I had heard they were very conversational so I wasn't as prepared as I should have been."
"not much at all... some of the other interviewees were kind of snooty/rigid but that's about it"
"Very little. I am not fond of living in a city, but I think the benefits of this (great SA caseload, proximity to other UPenn grad programs, city culture, etc.) will definitely outweigh the negatives. West Philly was definitely West Filthy. "
"The day is long and I had the last slot. Because you are talking and smiling at people all day, you get tired. My face got tired and I think the side of my mouth may have twitched mildly at the end of my interview. Oh god. Luckily I was asking my interviewer some questions and just kept nodding. Also, West Philly is West Philly. Or Filthy as some call it. Then again, Hill is beautiful. From what I hear, some of the lecturers are boring and there isn't much in class live animal exposure your first two years. Also, I wanted to visit New Bolton, and they weren't very accommodating. Tuition high. I asked about alternative treatments in my interview and they basically ridiculed it even though Penn has an alternative elective second year. Anatomy lab gets crowded and practically every seat taken in lecture hall. I don’t know how this compares to other schools. "
"The tour guide seemed lame and just talked about how she knew how she wanted to be a vet since age 3. Large, impersonal lecturers first two years. Divided small animal/large animal campuses. Safety issues in West Philly. Little hands on experience first two years. Have to pay for gym. Parking expensive. Really crowded anatomy lab. Expensive. Elitist attitudes."
"The interview was so short and rushed. I didn't feel like I got to say anything I wanted to. "
"Classroom A until I learned how historic and awesome it is!! Otherwise, nothing. Though I do wish we had Iowa's AWESOME anatomy lab.... but ours is nice enough ;)"
"The day was very long and the actual interview very short."
"Facilities in Philly - old and cramped."
"The beginning of the morning was a little disorganized, and there is less technology in the classroom than at some of the other schools I've applied to."
"A 40-minute drive, on a good day, to the New Bolton Center (for large animal stuff) could probably get to be a drag after a while. The school needs to start some kind of a shuttle/bus service out there."
"My "hot" interviewer asked me very detailed questions about my application. He was tough! "
"I have to say that I'm not a big fan of the "blind" interview. I wasn't expecting that, and it threw me off a little, but I think I handled it alright. The interview focuses much more on you as a person than what you do or don't know about the field."
"some parts of the school, while very historic, can seem downright old..."
"Except for the interviewers, there wasn't a big showing from the faculty during the day. The actual hospital (aside from the gadgets and tools) felt kind of dated to me. Plus, I'm NOT a city person at ALL, so Philly would take a lot of getting used to."
"not being able to see New Bolton Center, although I have worked in parts of the facility in the past"
"The high property crime in Philly. I go to school right now in Newark NJ and I really don't want to spend another 4 years in an area with a high amount of crime. That being said the immediate PennVet vicinity looks and feels very safe. Some of the areas of Philly are sketchy, but I think it would be possible to find a safer area to live in without much trouble."
"Length between school and Large Animal School."
"The split campus, the traffic."
"Some of the labs are pretty old."
"I did not like having to sit in a room for 2.5 hours chit-chatting -- 1.5 hours would have been good."
"nothing, the whole day was so great that I wasn't even nervous at all which helped when it came time for me to interview. I had already thought Penn was a great school and after the interview day I like it even more."
"It was one of the coldest days of the winter."
"not a thing"
"my interview was terrifying... i felt like i was being interrogated for a crime"
"The new building in the city. Struck me as tacky and overdone."
"Nothing comes to mind."
"Coooooold! It was my first time in the city and honestly I thought it was kinda ugly."
"The cold weather!"
"i thought the interview would be a 'get to know you' one (as i heard from others), but it turned out to be more like a Q&A. but maybe just my case or my interviewers"
"The laboratory rooms (for anatomy and pathology) are somewhat old and dark with no real windows. It felt like being in a basement."
"The fact that you were being evaluated the whole day, by admissions officers, and students who could all speak on your behalf."
"Philly is the worst."
"One of the buildings is very old"
"The lunch is three hours, which is just too long to sit and speak with the same people without running out of things to say!"
"Finding out the cost of attending."
"Not a fan of the big city, but it will be a great experience! :)"
"The fact that we couldn't go into the new building because it was still under construction."
"We're in West Philly...home of Willy, born and raised."
"The classrooms and labs seemed very old and like they would be a tight fit with over a hundred students"
"distance between the New Bolton Center and Philly campus, West Philadelphia"
"The interview is only 30 minutes."
"I wish I had known that both interviewers had read my application -- I thought that one would have not."
"Nothing really? Because they answered any questions I had. Some people say they wish they knew how chill the interview would be but it's not bad to be over-prepared."
"I heard it was very relaxed, just never believed it until I experienced it"
"How stress-free the whole process would be."
"Come with a ton of questions for the VMD students. Have coffee, exercise beforehand...do whatever gives you energy. While the entire process may only be 5 or so hours, having to be "on" can be tiring!"
"Wish I'd known/understood how low-stress the interview would be. I was reviewing my application and information on the school like I was preparing to defend a PhD thesis..."
"That they changed up the interview style a bit from last year."
"what time i was going to be interviewing."
"That the current students has some input in the admissions conversation. It felt very natural to talk to them and act genuinely interested in the school, but it would've still been nice to know."
"The format of the interview."
"That they weren't going to give us lunch, at all. I think they must have a few years ago; from this section I was expecting it to be late but I thought they would at least give us something more than pretzels."
"How laid back it would be."
"That you have to schmooze with the students."
"That all the interviewees would be invited to happy hour afterwards! I would have made different arrangements."
"That I was probably going have to defend my choice of schools that I applied to and how I ranked them as a decision."
"Students who lead us on tours have a say on the admission committee and you are given at least a couple hours to interact with them. Make sure you have a few questions loaded up and be ready to smile."
"It really was more of a conversation. It was a little fast paced at first but then it became less formal."
"One interviewer was "hot" (open file) and one was "cold" (closed file). Also, the students take notes on you as they lead you through the tour and entertain you while you wait for your interview. These students then play a big part in your admissions decision. Be nice to them, ask them questions, and be sure they know you're interested."
"Well, I got in, despite an interview where I didn't think I did too well, so fear not if you don't get such a good vibe or flow with your interviewers!!! An hour and a half tour is VERY long, wear flats and bring water! Eat lunch before the day, otherwise you will be very hungry."
"To try to relax more. I was very nervous but I wish I would have just relaxed"
"that the farm question was coming."
"To go over the moral and euthanasia questions with my vet. Don't over think questions, just relax and think about the animals well-being."
"if I was going to be interviewed by students or faculty - I was just interviewed by faculty"
"That everyone was going to be extremely nice and that the whole day would be very relaxed. So there was no reason for me to stress out so much!"
"Tour would be going outside often"
"I already knew this, but the vet students have an impact on the decision. make sure you talk to them and get to know them. ask about the happy hour friday evenings, try to attend it if you can!!"
"The students were in finals - everyone was a little stressed out!"
"that the interview itself was going to be so relaxed!"
"What exactly to wear! I was on one of the Equine/LA days at New Bolton an dthe attire was "Dress Casual". I felt OK, but as advice, definitely be more Dress than Casual. I wore my suit pants and a nice sweater. Some people even wore full suits, which was fine. A few people were very casual, and I would have felt very uncomfortable."
"I should have prepared more."
"not much. "
"How stress free and relaxing the whole thing would be. The interview was completely conversational, I even got to joke around a bit and they laughed and joked too. It's been said a million times already, but they REALLY DO just want to get to know you! So do whatever it is that you need to do to be relaxed and show your personality, because they WANT to like you, and they do take more than 1/2 of the people they interview."
"It would have been quicker to drive to New Bolton myself and left for home from there."
"The tour of NBC took 3 hours, and you have to talk nonstop for 5 hours to everyone in the afternoon during interview times."
"That Penn-we's are not snobby! They are friendly!"
"Maybe more about how to get around Philadelphia, since I've never been here before. "
"It was freezing cold the day of my interview and before the tour they told us we wont be going outside so we didn't need our coats - but they took us outside a couple times! I wish I still would've brought my coat."
"That one of the interviewers would be blind and how much input student representatives get. I also wish I'd known how relaxing and non-competitive it was going to be."
"that it was going to be 9 degrees today.. also i was happy to learn that we should receive decisions within a week on whether we were accepted, rejected, or placed on hold - that definitely took some stress away"
"Just how awful traffic would be getting home that night. :P"
"Not to worry so much! This was my first interview for vet school and I was nervous about it. There was really no need to be, the interview was very laid back and went by so quickly."
"That because the current students have a say in the process, you are technically being interviewed for 3 hours straight."
"Lots of walking that can get painful if you are wearing a new pair of heels. :)"
"i wish i could have known more about the interviewers before i went in"
"that scary interview does not equal rejection (i was accepted tonight!)"
"that I get very ''wound up'' after sitting still for three hours."
"Pack a snack because it is a long morning before you get lunch."
"it was a long day.. "
"How stressful the interview day would be."
"Don't worry about being overdressed, everyone wears a suit. You will be walking a lot in the morning and sitting a lot in the afternoon."
"Everyone was so friendly and the atmosphere for the interview was soooooooo relaxed/laid back."
"The teaching staff/students are really cool!"
"Penn is basically just trying to get good, genuine people in their school. If you received and interview invitation, you passed part of the weeding out process already."
"I can't think of anything"
"That West Philly/University City is not as scary as I thought. Lunch was late and I should have eaten more for breakfast. There was a lot of walking and I should have worn more comfortable shoes. By business casual, they meant you don't have to wear a suit. The interviewers were not scary!"
"I loved that they allowed us to zoom chat with current students and ask questions. The students gave very honest feedback and really helped us to get to know the school."
"I think in comparison to other schools Penn Vet facilitates a thoughtful interview day -- they try to de-stress the interviewees as much as possible to help us do our best."
"I'm usually really bad at interviewing so I can't thank my interviewers enough for creating a low-stress environment for me. It was really conversational, and the 30-minute interview felt more like 15 minutes."
"This was my favorite interview experience out of all of the schools!"
"Many of my friends/others interviewing did mock interviews to prepare and I did not which made me nervous. however, I did fine and I got accepted."
"They actually include the students in the admissions process - meaning that the students that you talk to on that day will give feedback about you and their conversations with you to the admissions committee. I was at first really nervous about this, but it flowed nicely and everyone just wanted to speak to everyone so it worked out really well."
"Very inviting group of people who all seem very motivated and excited to be at PennVet."
"look nice, eye contact, strong handshake, and be yourself"
"I came in without knowing too much about the school and ended up totally falling in love. The interview day was long and exhausting, but I genuinely enjoyed myself. Even the interview was fun and pretty stress-free, which shocked me because it was my first interview."
"Don't bother to bring comfortable shoes for the tour; you leave all your stuff downstairs when you go up to where you wait for interviews/tours. Also, it might be a good idea to save your questions for the waiting room instead of asking a ton during your tour. I think we missed some tour stops because we stood for ages in the classroom and in junior surgery while our tour guides answered questions."
"Fantastic interview event. Met many candidates and students (both on admissions committee and off)."
"There was a lot of opportunity to talk to students while you were waiting for your interview. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the school."
"Overall, this was a very laid-back interview.. However, it was still a very long day as you are "on your game" for about 4 hours. Just go in, be yourself, and take advantage of the wonderful people they have compiled as resources for you. Because of the cost of UPenn, I was really hoping to have a more negative outlook after visiting (I know that sound terrible, but I am looking for anything to help me make a decision)! After the interview, UPenn went from 3 or 4 on my list (low because of cost and location) to number 1. It really was a tremendous atmosphere."
"Love the program that they offer and the community feel of the students."
"Really, the best way I think to calm down and not be too stressed is to take deep breaths and be yourself. That's all you really can do. Be yourself."
"Really stress-free experience!"
"2 interviewers- one open one closed file. The interviewer that hasn't seen your file asks first for a while. Then asked if the open wanted to ask some. Asked me what else we should talk about. Then asked what questions I had."
"The questions were very politically-oriented. Also, my interviewer feigned ignorance on some topics just to see how I would explain them."
"Students take notes on you, so make sure you interact with them. Overall, the school is very impressive, no argument there. The only problem I had was that Penn KNOWS how impressive it is, knowing that they don't have to recruit us, that vet students will flock to them anyways. That is why I felt unimpressed by the day, I didn't get the feeling that they wanted any specific person, they just wanted a class that deserved to be a "PennWe.""
"A great school and facility, but definitely not the place for me. I prefer to feel more welcome with friendly faculty and admissions where they act like they want you to be there not like you would be lucky to come there."
"It was just a really great day. Got to see everything on the tour, got a lot of info from the current students, and fell in love!!!"
"The one interviewer has read your file and knows a lot about you, while the other has not read you file."
"If you get hungry easily, eat a big breakfast! I didn't eat much because I was slightly nervous and by the time my interview at 4:00 rolled around I was really hungry! Overall positive experience."
"One interviewer read my file and the other didn't. The interviewer that did not read my file asked the questions, but both interviewers talked throughout the interview and we only got through three questions due to the conversation style of the interview. Very low stress day overall."
"The interview day was pretty nice - everyone was pretty awkwardly hanging out in the lobby for a while, and then we talked to current students for a LONG TIME, so be prepared to ask them lots of questions and be on your game for a long time! There weren't any information sessions or anything, so if you want to find something out, ask a student or during your interview."
"Penn is a top notch school and the entire day left me with this impression. The professionalism of the students, adcom members, interviewers, etc and the quality of the planning for the day really impressed me."
"I freaked out bc I heard of lots of acceptance calls on friday and had a HORRIBLE weekend. I felt as though I had been rejected again. and I thought my interview had gone well! I got an acceptance call on monday. Don't despair if this happens to you! Although for your sake, I hope it doesn't. It was miserable. "
"One interviewer was hot, the other was cold."
"I just typed a LONG review with all of the answers I gave...and SDN logged me out before I submitted, so the whole thing was lost. This will be the abridged version.... PM Shanomong for more info.... And FYI, if you don't get a call the night of the interview, DON'T freak out! I was called that night, but a friend wasn't called until Monday. She had an awful weekend because of that... but it turns out that some of the interviewers just don't do the same day thing. "
"Overall, the interview day was an awesome experience! It was very helpful to be able to talk to current students all afternoon, and I wasn't nearly as stressed as I thought I would be!"
"As you've read in other feedback, one interviewer is hot and one is cold. They tell you that at the beginning of the interview. The cold interviewer will ask most of the questions at first - general questions about what got you interested in veterinary medicine, etc.. Also, since the students have input, you're basically interviewed for three hours. It gets exhausting but they are a terrific source of information that you need - how to find a place to live, how to study for those anatomy tests, anything. They're very open and approachable. At the beginning of the day you'll write your phone number on a piece of paper. Keep your phone on that night! I got a call around 6:30 letting me know I'd been accepted. One more thing - don't worry if your interview is short. Mine was 20 minutes, some other people were in there for up to 35 minutes. Doesn't really mean anything."
"I think the day as a whole was really fun. The interview itself was a little stressful, but the rest ran smoothly. Be prepared to ask a lot of questions and just talk a lot in general to get yourself noticed."
"Basically, if you are interviewing at PENN, just be yourself. Get to know the student representatives, cause they can speak up for you in the admissions committee if your interview goes bad and you impressed them positively."
"Overall this interview was waaaaay more laid back than I had expected. Both of my interviewers were really nice and honestly just seemed to want to get to know me better. One interviewer hadn't read my file and didn't know anything about me, and he spent the first 15 minutes asking me questions. After that, the two interviewers took turns asking me questions. Overall I thought it was a great experience, and now I'm just waiting to hear back!!"
"It went very quickly and I think well. They let you know yes, no or hold within 2 weeks, I am on hold and since finding that out have not heard again from them."
"Opening remarks from the Dean of Admissions, 90 minute tour of Hill, Rosenthal and Ryan, lunch, chatting with students/interview."
"It was a great day filled with tons of information. I was really nervous but talking with the students before going into the ''actual'' interview helped out a lot. Penn seems like a great place to be."
"It was well organized and friendly. You start with a talk from the admissions director (basically Q&A), then a tour by a student, then you are put in a room for 3 hours with the other 30 interviewees and about 10 students. They have input at the end of the day, so make sure you talk to them and ask them questions, esp ones that they might remember. Other questions included: Tell me about yourself (from the cold interviewer), describe an interesting veterinary experience, why UPenn, where I saw myself in 10 years (hard, but I answered vaguely), and why not human med. I was called that night with an offer of admission."
"The whole day is pretty relaxing. You start off by just mingling in a room with other interviewies. Then the Dean of Admissions comes and gives an overview of the process and answers any questions about the school etc. You then have your tour with current students and come back and eat lunch. You spend the whole afternoon talking with each other and the current students. You are given your interview timeslot in the morning and when its your time to interview your interviewer comes and gets you from the room. The interviews last a half hour. When you are done you come back to the room and continuing talking with the students. "
"i was reaaallllly nervous, but the interview wasn't bad at all. i felt like they really wanted to get to know me and what i was about. my ''cold'' interviewer recognized how nervous i was and reminded me to relax halfway through :) she further put me at ease by calling me at 630 that night to let me know i had beena accepted!"
"The interview went smoothly. No antagonism. My 5-day wait before I received a phone call about getting in was the most nerve-wracking part of it all."
"It was really fun. I love the campus, and the people are amazing. The interviewers I had were awesome, and I felt really comfortable."
"the cold interviewer did all the talking while the hot interviewer took notes. every question was phrased somewhat like an attack... i felt like i spent most of my time defending myself and my application and didn't get to talk too much about the things that i had prepared to talk about."
"As almost everyone else has said the interview was very laid back. The day was filled with valuable information and having access to students during lunch was really helpful. During the three hour lunch one of your interviewers will come in and get you (you are told what time your interview will be that morning so you know when its coming). The interviewers were members of the admissions board. My interview was in the lobby of Hill Pavilion and was very laid back. I heard from other applicants that their interviews were more confrontational, it just depends on who you get. The student body seemed very social and Penn seemed like a great place to go to school. I got a call from one of my interviewers four hours after my interview telling me I got in (however they have 2 weeks to give you an answer so don't worry if you don't get a call right away). "
"Overall, it was a great experience. The tours were great, and the students were so easy to talk to and obviously knew a lot about the school and all kinds of opportunities for students. By far, the roughest part for me was sitting in a tiny little room for lunch, and staying there until being called for your interview. Once my interviewer called me and I began chatting with her on the way to our room, I thought I was fine. The second interviewer was the closed-file one, so asked all the questions, and intentionally tried to throw me off. He was in fact very confrontational, but it seemed to be a ploy to see if he could rattle me. I laughed most of it off, and then he noted I was ''very wound up.'' So, great, I have no idea how it went. "
"The interview was exactly like others described it. They really just wanted to get to know you personally. Remember that for most questions, there is no wong answer, they are just interested in how you present your response."
"The experience was very nice. I thought I would be much more nervous than what I actually was. Everyone was very nice. The fact that you're being ''observed'' all day long by the vet students who have a say about you is kinda stressful. The interview was very relaxed. My interviewers were really nice and easy-going! I felt they wanted to get to know me more as a person and about my experiences than ask me silly questions...(even though some people got easked silly questions/ethical/etc by other interviewers, so be prepared). But you definitely have to know what to say about yourself, why you want to do this, explain any research or work...just know YOURSELF. The interviewer called me the same night to tell me I had been accepted!"
"We toured the Phily location briefly and then took a bus to the NBC. There, we were given tours of the main area, the swine facility and dairy facility. After that, we came back for lunch and began the interviews. There was a hot interviewer and a cold interviewer. The interview was very relaxed. They mainly asked about my experiences and why I wanted to go into the field I did. We were told that we would find out in two weeks and were asked to give contact information ''in case they had any questions.'' I got the call at 7pm Friday that I had been accepted."
"the tour was nice. the students were very nice and easy to talk to. but for the interview (probably mine was an exception), it was quite stressful. i thought it would be a laid back interview coversation. but it turned out to be a Q & A. for most of the time, after i gave out my answers, the interviewers had no repsonse, and immediately they asked me the next question. even it was open file, i felt that the hot interviewer didn't read my application really thoroughly. and he looked confronted for the whole time. the cold interviewer was nice, but he didn't speak much though. "
"My interviewers were very friendly and asked me about my research and my interests. It was very conversational...not stressful at all! You sit in a room for a very long time while people interview, but you get to talk to the other students and get a feel for the school. The other applicants were all very friendly and we had a lot of fun talking together."
"One of the interviewers was very nice, positive, and friendly. The other seemed cold and confrontational. This left me with an overall negative feeling about my interview. I don't think this was the norm, however. Most people said their interviewers were rather pleasant. I also wish I was one of the earlier interviews rather than the later ones...I probably would have been a lot less nervous."
"Like everyone said, everything was laid back. Make sure you talk in-depth with 2 or 3 of the students, since they have input. Basically the only question I was asked was ''tell us about yourself and why you chose vet-med.'' That was it. I brought up ethics and avian flu, and they barely even acknowledged it. Bizarre, considering that others were attacked on these issues. The only thing they really cared about was a brief overview of my experience, what I want to do with vet-med, and an in-depth talk about my research. Maybe this was because my research was somewhat related to the research of the cold interviewer. He did ask me where I see myself in 5/10 years, but it was pretty much where the conversation was going anyway."
"The questions were harder than I was expecting, and I didn't pause to think before I started answering! They seemed very nice though, and definitely want you to be relaxed and be yourself. Even though I thought I did horribly, it wasn't that bad."
"I could not have had a better experience for my first interview. We took the tour, then came back and ate lunch as a group while interviews were being held. My ''hot'' interviewer (who has seen your application) was so friendly and really put me at ease before we went into the room. The ''cold'' interviewer was very friendly as well. We all talked about shared hobbies and experiences in addition to the interview. The interview was very conversational, my two interviewers even cracked a few jokes about eachother - which helped me to relax. My cold interviewer asked me where I went to college, and I described my undergrad work and how I had come to be applying for veterinary school. We then talked about ethics for a while (ethical dilemmas in my past job and in my current job). Then I talked about my hobbies, asked them a question about the school, and before I knew it we were finished! The 30 minutes flew by since they were so easy to talk to. I got a call from the ''hot'' interviewer at 8:30 that night telling me I had been accepted."
"This was a great interview experience. Like other people have said, the interview process, my perception anyway, is design to really get to know you as a person. My main advice to anyone interviewing at Penn would be, and I know it sounds a little clich?, be yourself. Definitely put all of your interpersonal skills out there and get to know the staff, students, and faculty. If you do this I am certain that you'll have a great experience."
"The interview was VERY conversational. One interviewer had read your file, while the other had not. I was at ease the entire time (which was amazing because I tend to get really nervous)! Well, I was still nervous, but the interview was NOT scary at all! I didn't feel pressured by any of the questions. My interviewers just wanted to get to know me as a person and learn about my experiences. I got to ask them questions. It was very neat to hear why they chose Penn!!! :)"
"It was awesome. The students were relaxed and helpful. The professors seemed really nice and cool. I got the general feeling that they weren't too interested in my application, rather, they wanted to get to know me as a person instead. I guess to see if they could spend the next 4 years of our lives together. We received a free lunch. We got a tour of the vet school as well as the adjacent undergrad facilities."
"Relax!!! They're more interested in finding about you as a person moreso than asking stupid questions like ''so if you were a bumper sticker, what would you say?'' Be yourself, and if they think you should be a Pennwe, you'll be fine!"
"I found this to be a really positive experience. The day started with an overview of the program and an orientation to our day by the Admissions Directors. Then we were passed off to student tour guides who took us through the school and the hospital. After that we went to a room with lunch and we were encouraged to talk to the students (who have a say in the admissions process). From lunch we went to our interviews at our scheduled times (we waited with the students before our interviews and could come back to chat after the interview). As to my specifics interview, when the interviewers were ready, one of them came to get me. He explained that he had read my file and the other interviewer had not. We went into the room and I was asked to tell the ''cold'' interviewer about myself. I tried to hit experience and strengths and weaknesses of my application. After that I was asked about my favorite and least favorite pre req class, how I dealt with stress and finding study time, about my large animal experience and about movies. We also chatted about my small animal clinical experience. Also they asked in general about other schools where I applied (they have this form VMCAS), and how I decided on that particular list. I found this interview low key and conversational."
"I had my interview on a large animal day. Group of 30 students, we toured in Philly then went out to New Bolton. Once there we toured the large animal hospital and the dairy then we went to the interview building. They put all of us in a little room with food and 1st and 2nd year students (who have a say but do not get to vote in the admissions committee) and were encouraged to talk to and get to know them so they could speak on our behalf. You stay there for the 3 hours it takes to do interviews except for the 30 minutes when you go to your interview. As far as the interview, there are two interviewers - one ''hot'' who has seen your application and one ''cold'' who has not. Both of my interviewers worked/taught at the NBC). The hot interviewer comes down to the little room, calls your name, takes you into the hallway and explains about the hot/cold, that you'll have a chance to ''interview them'' at the end if you want to, and tells you to relax (or maybe that was just me ). The interview was mostly with the cold interviewer and the hot interviewer pretty much just sat there. I got a phone call that night (~8p) saying I was accepted."
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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"