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  • Texas A & M University Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Veterinary School
  • College Station
Individual Feedback 1 21 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 16
Negatively 4
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.95 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.24 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.35 20

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 0
30 minutes 11
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 4
45 minutes 1
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 5

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 21
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 13
In a group 7

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 11
Closed file 10

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
6.00 21

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Can't talk about questions, we had to sign a confidentiality agreement." More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you never get into veterinary school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose to go to undergrad out of state? (saw this one coming for sure)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If we brought your best friend in the room to describe you, what would they say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you passionate about veterinary medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you are working in a group, and one person is not pulling their weight, how do you handle that situation? When you work in a group, what role do you usually assume in the group?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did I know I wanted to be a vet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you were faced with conflict and how did you react." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you passionate about veterinary medicine? What do you plan to do with your career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you know you wanted to be a veterinarian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you could tell that one of your clients had been cock fighting?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a veterinarian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been your favorite science course? (I said Physiology and the interviewer made a note of it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many hours do first year vet students take?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you interviewed before?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Why do you want to be a vet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the difference between animal rights and animal welfare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your honors program [from undergrad]." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever seen any ethical issues first hand in a vet clinic? Did you feel like the veterinarian on staff made the right choice in the way they handled the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about animals in research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is one of your role models and why? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Biggest accomplishment/biggest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in a lab group and someone was not pulling their weight, how would you respond to this person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your experience at your clinic? Tell us about a case that stood out?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you plan to do once you graduate from vet school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do if you can't seem to get everything accomplished?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We get a lot of smart/bright exemplary applicants, why should we choose you over any of our other applicants? ( I said that I have unique experiences that make we stand out from most of their typical applicants- reffering to cultural experiences I've had in other parts of the world and my foreign background...mom from central america ,that might make me a more mature/well rounded person- and that I really really really wanted this and couldn't imagine myself doing anything else for a living)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What things at the vet clinic where you work did you love to be apart of? What did you avoid?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you interested in small animal medicine specifically, or exotics as well? Are you interested in doing animal research?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"How are you with your co-workers at the clinic where you work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Anything else you would like to tell us? Why should we pick you for our program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in an anatomy lab group with 4 other people and one of them wasn't pulling their weight all semester (didn't show up, didn't do their homework) and then they showed up one week before the final and asked for your help, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your experience in the clinic you work in." More from this Member | Report Response

"What traits do you think make a good veterinarian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will I adapt to a rigorous class/study schedule?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked a few questions about my experience and career goals. Overall the interview was short and laid back, the people were very nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your best/worst qualities? What do you do to relax?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one of your pet peeves?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your criteria for choosing the other schools you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your best friend say your best and worst qualities are?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If we had your best friend here what would she say are your worst qualities? (I said probably that I don't spend enough time with her hanging out b/c I 'm always studying and working towards this vet thing, haha! They laughed, then I BS'ed about being too perfectionistict)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you and your sister get along when you were kids?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"They were all scenarios and they were all unique" More from this Member | Report Response

"not supposed to go into detail of the specific questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"I don't remember too many of the questions :(" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose not to attend A&M as an undergrad and what makes you want to attend A&M now? (The school I am currently attending has a vet school so I think that might be why they asked me this question.) Why did you apply to the other vet schools on your list? Have you heard from any of the other schools on your list yet? What types of animals have you had growing up?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If there was one thing in veterinary medicine that you had to do everyday, what is the thing that would make you not want to go into veterinary medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a time where you witnessed a breakdown of communication while working in veterinary medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"(Since I want to go into exotics) How I would get that experience outside of class and will I get bored/frustrated with the predominantly small/large animal curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to do it all day everyday, what part of veterinary medicine would make you not want to be a vet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"''30 years later, whether you graduate vet school or not, and you are receiving a reward by your university as an oustanding allumni, what you want your colleagues to say about you?''" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite thing about Italy when you visited." More from this Member | Report Response

"How does a preveterinary student become part of the Dairy Judging Team? How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me a question about a topic I wrote about in my application essays, which was my travels/time spent in central america." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the euthanasia of Barbaro" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you envision your first year will be like? Do you know any current DVM students? Is ''animal rights'' and ''animal welfare'' interchangeable? How would your friends describe you? how many hours do 1st years take?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The question about the ferret." More from this Member | Report Response

"they were all difficult "scenario, what would you do if" questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you never get into vet school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the trend moving from animal "owner" to animal "guardian"? (I knew nothing about this!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time that you had a personal conflict and what did you do to fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were that difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time while working in veterinary medicine that really excited you." More from this Member | Report Response

"After a long discussion about a fellow classmate cheating, they asked me if I would be willing to testify against said student in an honor council trial." More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you finally decide on vet school? (not really a hard question, just worded to make me explain the fact that I applied after earning a 2nd degree)." More from this Member | Report Response

"''If we had your best friend in here, what would he say were your best and worst qualities?''" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why you aren't susceptible to burnout." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you become injured at work where you will not be able to practice? OR Name a couple of issues that occur around veterinary practice, whether they be cultural, political, or with in the practice (employees & management) (So Open ended)" More from this Member | Report Response

"''Describe a time in which you encountered a conflict when working in a group and what did you do?'' -I honestly have never had a problem working in a group, so I just made up a story. It was almost total BS. Also, the ''what's your biggest weakness question'' sucked." More from this Member | Report Response

"Say there is one other person and you and both of you look equally good on paper, why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you wait until now to apply? Also, tell me about a time when you had a setback or ''failure.'' Your greatest accomplishment? How did you get to be sitting in this chair? What would you advise a client to do if he couldnt2 afford to financially take care of the animal? would you euthanize it? " More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock interviews, Internet research, reading current veterinary articles" More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't necessarily "prepare" for the interview, because there is little that one can do to prepare for the multiple-mini-interview format. With this being said, I feel like some of the experience I had gained working at animal clinics and working with clients, in particular, was helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't prepare. There's no real way to prepare for this style of interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"AVMA, TVMA, DVM360, SDN, Current events" More from this Member | Report Response

"read a lot of current articles on ethical issues such as euthanasia, terminal sx, antibiotic use in food animals, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"Little preparation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN feedback, spoke to current A&M undergrads who have done mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had already had 1 interview, so that helped. Read SDN and practiced questions. Really didn't prepare too much for this one compared to my other interviews :(" More from this Member | Report Response

"I did a mock interview at my undergraduate school's career services center (which helped a lot!), read SDN feedback, looked up the AVMA's stance on some current issues in vet med." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over the interview feedback and researched some programs so I could come up with questions to ask them" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN's interview feedback, read over my application, and the TAMU website. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Google-searched and then answered every potential interview question I could find; read about the school; read over my application; had my co-workers give me hypothetical situations about working in the vet field; asked the doctor I worked for and current vet students about their experiences; prepared questions for the interviewers; read the interview feedback on this website." More from this Member | Report Response

"I read over the interview feedbacks, tried to relax and be myself. " More from this Member | Report Response

"read sdn and tamu interview prep info, asked students/grads what they remembered" More from this Member | Report Response

"Thought about how I wanted to answer some of the common interview questions, prepared with a friend, tried to stay relaxed and be myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my application, looked at common application questions, researched some zoonotics. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I got a list of questions from the Pre-Vet society at school. I also looked on the internet for typical questions asked. Be prepared for anything, current events, Know the impression you want to leave them with, and for sure know by heart your goals and be prepared to defend them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked up veterinary interview question examples on the internet and they asked exactly the questions i had looked up. I bought a new outfit for it: black skirt suit." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practicing interviews with friends and family and professors at school, looking over my aplication and the website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on current veterinary news although i didnt need to use that info, practiced mock interview questions repeatedly with different people, read over2 my application." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"How fast it went by, how fair the questions were, and friendlyness of the interviewers and staff members" More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the vet students and faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were extremely friendly and wanted to make me as comfortable as possible. They also acted like they genuinely wanted to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are gorgeous! The actual classroom buildings are kind of old, but they have an almost brand new equine and large animal clinic that I loved!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very laid back. They even gave me a bottle of water. They read all my essays and activities, but they don't know your grades or major, so it's up to you to tell them if you so desire." More from this Member | Report Response

"The general friendliness of the university and the way people are so willing to help you" More from this Member | Report Response

"TAMU has some very impressive faculty teaching the veterinary students that have done ground breaking research. The large animal facilites are wonderful and new. TAMU has you do externships outside the school to get real world experience as well as doing clinical rotations in the teaching hospital." More from this Member | Report Response

"Easy to find, friendly desk help, friendly interviewer. They definitely read all my stuff and remembered all of it- it really felt like they knew who I was and paid attention to what I had written, as many of their questions related to my past experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"THe people were friendly, the campus is nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was friendly. There was no "bad cop"." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were interested in you as a person and just wanted to see if you were friendly and easy to get along with. The facilities seemed up to date and technologically advanced and our tour-guide was very knowledgeable about what to expect in all four years at the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The large animal facilities were very new and the small animal facilities were very advanced. " More from this Member | Report Response

"They were very to the point and were in-depth. One of the interviewers who called me to the interview tried to make small talk with me as we walked to the interview room. It was calming. I realized that really I was talking to just a regular person. They didn't necessarily want to see me fail, they were just there to regulated the quality of person that will be admitted." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were SO nice and totally non-threatening and not intimidating, as I had expected them to be. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The hospital there is amazing. The doctors who interviewed me wer very friendly and I felt very comfortable" More from this Member | Report Response

"Laid back people. I just kept them laughing, it was great :)" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The stress-level of the "multiple mini interviews". The school clearly had no desire to impress me also by not telling applicants anything about the school culture or curriculum. All other schools did. Seems kind of arrogant. The tour guide also wasn't even a Vet student. It was someone who worked for the vet school, but not a student. I was least impressed of the 4 schools I applied for. If it was an out-of-state option for me, I think I would have a difficult selecting it as my school." More from this Member | Report Response

"High stress due to the time constraints" More from this Member | Report Response

"the intense pressure from the staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"The intensity of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers didn't seem that interested in me personally, which is so different from what everybody says. I felt like they spent too much time following a set format of questions and not trying to relate them to my interests/application at all. Also, I was not impressed with the admissions staff. And having a separate application is quite a pain. Also, I could not get a hold of admissions AT ALL between getting the interview invitation and my interview (I couldn't talk to anybody until the day before my interview)-very stressful! Granted, it was during the holidays but still they should have considered that before sending out invites." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the interviewers was a stand in because my interview was so close to Christmas that they didn't have enough committee members available to interview me. She didn't ask me any questions but she did fill out an evaluation form." More from this Member | Report Response

"The small animal facilites aren't nearly as impressive. They are small, cramped, and old looking. There is nothing set up for the students along with the interview to give you any information about the school. The tour has to be set up seperately by the applicant, and there is no guarantee that it will be the same day as the interview. The amount of school spirit and school loyalty borders on insane at times, which can be a positive or negative depending on if you like that sort of thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was no "bad cop," but two of the three interviewers (both female) seemed completely indifferent and apathetic about me. Of the 20 or so questions I was asked, 18 of them came from the male interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Like I said, there should have been more planned, I.E. tour of school, student interaction, Q/A with professors, etc. etc. like other schools had set up. They did not sell their school well when I asked them about their strongpoints. Of course, at this time, I had made my mind up to go to another school that I had been accepted to, so this might have influenced me. Just not the school for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"one of the buildings is a little run down" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities looked worn down on the outside, but this was not the case on the inside." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is really nothing outside of College Station. The SA building was very old. " More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers was very negative towards me, her first question was ''what if you NEVER get in? Not to be the devils advocate but there is no chance that you will get in?'' Pretty tough for a first question. I replied that I knew that this is what I desire to do and that my determination will see me to achieve my goals." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing except all the countryfiedness." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That there was an hour-long training session for the MMI before your actual interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"There's nothing really that I could have known that would've helped. I had heard beforehand how the interview process was going to go but it was still nerve-racking." More from this Member | Report Response

"What time of questions/scenarios to expect." More from this Member | Report Response

"i was prepared" More from this Member | Report Response

"What an animal guardian is!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview wasn't actually in the vet school, it was in the medical sciences library which is across the street from the vet school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I did ask whether TAMU still uses terminal surgeries in their curriculum. I could not find this information online, so I was curious even though I'm not necessarily against them. The interviewers acted very negatively toward the question, and one of them stated, "Yes, is that a problem?" and then looked at me suspiciously. Maybe not the best question to ask!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers do not look at your grades or classes you've taken, so they do not ask you questions about them. I had prepared A TON to justify my degree in Psychology and certain grades I had received when I hadn't needed to." More from this Member | Report Response

"The weather was cold the first two days I was there, but the last day the sun came out and it was warm and beautiful." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I would have thought about if I were injured after practicing what would I do with my veterinary skills after being disabled." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"TAMU's goal with this is to more objectively assess applicants' different characteristics and ethics. I believe it's such a nerve-racking process, however, that many students end up not being able to communicate as effectively as they would if it were just a one-on-one interview with 2-3 interviewers. I know I did well in the interviews, but this was far & away the most unnecessarily stressful interview process of the 4 schools I applied for." More from this Member | Report Response

"Being my first experience with the MMI interview format, the experience was not as bad as I thought it would be. The time went by very quickly and I had a pretty good idea of how to handle each situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just a lot more pressure than other interviews i've had" More from this Member | Report Response

"High stress, but somewhat fun!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is impressive, but I was not impressed with staff at all. Considering the amount of work that the separate application is and that I didn't get good vibes from the interview, I don't know if I would go through the whole process for A&M again." More from this Member | Report Response

"This interview was more of the committee trying to get to know you than trying to figure out what you know. Don't stress too much because it really was pretty laid back and your natural personality will come out with the types of questions they ask. I wish that the school had scheduled a group tour and/or lunch so that all the students interviewing that day could meet each other and feel more comfortable. I drove all the way up just for my 40 min interview and then left because I couldn't do anything else. I never saw another applicant the whole day and waited in the waiting room for about 45 minutes alone, making me more nervous and uncomfortable." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very laid-back and very fast. They just want to get to know you, so my advice is to just be yourself!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews are open-file in the sense that they have your experiences and personal statement during the interview but don't have your grades or test scores. The interviewers were generally friendly, but didn't gave a lot of feedback to my answers, other than a nod and then writing things down. Don't expect anything to be prepared for you other than the 30 minute interview. Don't forget your picture ID or I think they won't interview you!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I hope this helps! Good luck everyone!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Bring money for parking and know your way around ahead of time! I got lost, but I was not familiar with area." More from this Member | Report Response

"they basically said they interview 2 ppl for every one spot. so at this point, i feel like its a little like flipping a coin." More from this Member | Report Response

"I waited in the waiting room for about 10 minutes while the interviewers went over my file. One interviewer brought me back and talked with me on the way to the interviewing room. She introduced me to the other two doctors and then we just sat down and talked about stuff that was in my application. ''Why do you want to be a vet, tell us about the hospital you worked at, what are you aspirations for when you graduate from vet school, what will you do if you don't get in?'' They were very friendly and non-intimidating. After they were done asking questions we talked about politics and living in College Station and various other things about the school. They gave me some information about when letters would be sent and scholarships for out of state students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a ''bad cop'' which was a bit uncomfortable at times, but if I said something that he liked he seemed to get really excited. It was overall a pretty friendly interview though, we talked about things I wasn't expecting like travel and books. There was a good bit of laughing, definitely not as scary as I was expecting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Over all the experience was successful. There was a couple questions I wish I could have answered more confidently. P.S- give yourself time to think then answer, arrive 30 mins before the interview, DON'T FORGET YOU PICTURE ID!" More from this Member | Report Response

"It went really well. They interviewers were very nice. My advice is: look up questions that are commonly asked during vet. school interviews and prepare your answers so that you are ready for anything they might ask. They asked exactly what I had looked up. Think of a good question to ask THEM at the end of your interview when they ask ''do you have any questions for us?'' (I asked wether they had any student vet volunteer organizations that volunteered in third world countries/central america). Be enthusiastic! I tried to impress upon them how BADLY I wanted it and how hard i had worked for it and how appreciative i was to even get to the interview stage. I made a lot of jokes and just talked to them like regular people." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were 3 interviews and they had my file, but they didn't have my grades. I was impressed at how much they new about me. They actually read those applications" More from this Member | Report Response

"i saw an interviewee ahead of me that was wearing a spaghetti strap blouse, no makeup, and hair threw up in a clip, and like 10 piercings. I cant recommend that look for an interview, and she didnt look happy =( Just be bubbly cheerful charming and sincere - they were so nice and accomodating, i think all they wanted to know in the interview is whether or not i was someone they could tolerate in a small program for 4 years. they just wanted to see if i had a pulse and could be friendly...the interview questions weren't remotely close to difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 11
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 2
Other 2

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 11
Neutral 2
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.11 19

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 20
Out of state 1

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 5
2-3 hours 9
4-6 hours 7
7+ hours 0

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 1
Automobile 20
Train or subway 0
Other 0

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

Response # Responders
< $100 10
$101-$200 4
$201-$300 3
$301-$400 0
$401-$500 0
$501+ 0

What airport did you use?

N/A

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Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 4
Hotel 9
Home 1
Other 0

General Info

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 20

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.62 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

Response Avg # Responders
5.71 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
6.62 13

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
6.15 13

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
6.82 11

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Give practice scenarios to have an idea of what to expect with the MMI." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be a little more welcoming and supportive" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do away with the TMDSAS and use the VMCAS!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please be friendlier to students who are calling to ask questions! I'm not trying to make your life complicated, I just need answers. I was asking about coursework, substituting, where to send certain information and the woman I spoke to, I think the admission counselor, was not helpful at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish that the school had scheduled a group tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would have like to see a little more planned for the interview dates, like interaction with the st" More from this Member | Report Response

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