- Resident Tuition $24,304
- Non - Resident Tuition $55,358
- Application Fee $60
- AVG GRE 309
- AVG GPA 3.6
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- Veterinary Admissions
- PO Box 647012
- Pullman, WA 99164-7012
- United States
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"More tour options"
"Rewrite the interview notification. It was little awkwardly written and not really positive."
"The supplemental application for admissions cycle 2013-2014 had multiple digital glitches. I'm hoping that these are worked out and corrected for subsequent cycles. That being said, WSU's IT support person (Brandon Burch) was wonderful and very helpful. He made sure that any and all issues that I experienced with the supplemental were handled and fixed well before the submission deadline. Very responsive and timely."
"I fell in love with the school due to how friendly the staff and students were! It was really great that normal students who not being paid and were not trained came up to me throughout the day to talk about the school and share their enthusiasm. The whole process felt very genuine and non-contrived. They did a wonderful job making applicants feeling welcomed and comfortable."
"Bringing transcripts day of interview has caused lots of headaches for already stressed students when there is a question of equivilency and cuts into interview! adcoms should have cleared all that prior since we go to lots of trouble and expense to get to this point"
"Notify students of lacking prerequisites prior to interview."
"The interview dates could have been more structured. I wish there had been a Q and A or student panel (like other schools had). I was not welcomed when I arrived for the tour, and actually had to track down someone to begin my pre-interview essay. I felt like the admissions office did not take an interest in the students there for interviews, and actually decided not to go to the pizza mixer because of it. The only faculty that spoke with me were the ones conducting the interview."
"Sending info on the classes/other activities offered ahead of time would have been helpful. I flew"
"Distributing the schedule of classes that interviewees may sit in on in advance would be helpful."
"Everyone I met was VERY friendly and was more than happy to go out of their way to introduce themsel"
"Name a time where you made a mistake and what did you learn from it? I blanked on this one and just said I couldn't think of anything off the top of my head"
"What would you contribute to WSU?"
"How do you plan to pay for veterinary school?"
"Compassion fatigue is something that is common to veterinarians. How do you think you would handle this issue?"
"How intending to pay for vet school? When is it okay to lie to patients? Hardest class and how you think it'll help you for professional school?"
"How do you define integrity?"
"What does academic rigor mean to you?"
"Are you a leader or a follower"
"What is your greatest accomplishment so far?"
"Asked about the feral cat population and what should be done"
"So tell us what you learned working at Tasty Burger? I found this really funny cause it was my first question of the interview and really broke the tension"
"Why did you choose to go to your undergrad school?"
"Why vet med instead of human med?"
"What is your opinion on equine cloning?"
"Tell us more about your leadership experience"
"Tell me a little about yourself."
"Tell us about yourself and why you want to be a veterinarian."
"What do you think should be done with unwanted horses?"
"What makes a great vet?"
"Chose from two questions for essay: role of students and professors in education process, and why was basic science needed before vet school."
"My views on the Horse Slaughter Act (Even though it states on my app that I have about 2 hrs of eq experience!)"
"How much would it cost for you to attend WSU? Your in-state school? How much do you expect to make shortly after graduation?"
"Why did you choose to work at a specialty practice?"
"What are 2 of the biggest problems facing vet med?"
"How do you feel about euthanasia?"
"What are some issues in large animal medicine today?"
"What role do veterinarians play in society?"
"What did you learn that was unexpected from working at a vet clinic?"
"Written Questions: choice of two 1) describe the outline of a course you've taken in the past year 2) why is it important for veterinarians to understand zoonotic diseases?"
"neglected horse, o has no money, what to do?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"where do you see yourself in 10 years, ideally?"
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"Name three of your strengths and three of your weaknesses."
"What field of vet med do you want to go into?"
"Name a time you had to persuade someone to change their mind"
"Questions about how to treat a pet coming in with canine influenza symptoms and the owner demanding antibiotics"
"None were interesting, since they were all things I'd seen on SDN and were pretty straightforward."
"Describe the difference between animal ownership vs. guardianship and explain the implications of these terms for the veterinary profession."
"I was talking about how physics was a struggle for me because naturally my brain does not think that way and they asked me if, to be a vet, people need to have a 'biology brain'."
"Is it ever appropriate to tell a client a white lie"
"If I am a leader or follower."
"That they were asking me questions about if I had enough information about what the school had to offer me and what things might concern me."
"What should be done about the feral cat population? Does your town/city have a Trap Neuter Release program?"
"If you became allergic to horses and could not practice equine medicine, what would your new specialty/career be in veterinary medicine?"
"What does it mean to be a good vet?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Having a client trust you is important. If you worked in a large clinic and only saw a client once, how would you build a bond with that client? "
"What do you do for fun?"
"The first essay question asked about my expectations of the roles of students and professors in a veterinary education."
"What are the most important qualities of a good veterinarian?"
"What were some of the leadership roles you had at your clinic?"
"None of them were particularly interesting...a lot ethical questions though"
"What type of leadership did you demonstrate as an environmental scientist? (this questions pertains only to me, i suppose)"
"If a client came into your practice and asked you to euthanize their healthy pet, what would you do? What would you tell them?"
"What is your favorite book and why?"
"How do you feel about the use of live animals in labs and research?"
"qualities of a leader"
"I work in a VCA hospital: The pros and cons as a vet working in a corporate owned vet practice"
"Name 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses that you posses."
"What are two goals you'd like to acheive in your lifetime?"
"What would you do if you developed allergies and could no longer work with live animals?"
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"The environment itself is very supportive and encourages colleagues to work together. The education you receive as far academic knowledge really is world class. This is facilitated by remarkable clinicians who are truly experts in the veterinary field and passionate about teaching students. Compared to other veterinary schools within the US, the book knowledge you will receive is unbeatable."
"Now for the bad, WSU has some systemic problems that greatly hinder the educational environment. First the curriculum- WSU maintains a non-tracking curriculum. This undoubtably has some benefits, such as you receive a well-rounded education and can accept most any job you would like post-graduation. However, it does have some serious consequences as well. For starters, the electives you can take while completing 2nd and 3rd year are not preferenced, limited in space, and based on a lottery system. This means that you may not get into one of the electives you would like and know you will use in your career, while another student who isn’t interested in the field may get in. Example being the large animal surgery elective which many small animal focused people take for the surgery experience due to there not being a small animal equivalent or the dentistry elective which is the opposite (large animal people take while small animal can't get in). The same concept holds true for elective rotations 4th year. Regardless of your interest, you will be required to take both large and small animal electives with minimal say in how many and which ones. This means that unless one has intentions of being a mixed practitioner, approximately 65% (% of required small animal rotations), or 35% (% of large animal rotations), of your rotations 4th year will be essentially wasted. While its always interesting to work with species one has minimal experience with, keep in mind you are paying for this and knowing you aren’t ever going to touch that species again can make those rotations rather tedious. Regarding the large animal side of WSU-VTH specifically, the large animal department is suffering both in terms of staffing (techs, barn crew) and equipment. This means that work that would normally be the responsibility of barn crew and technicians, such as feeding, cleaning stalls, keeping up the barn, stocking supplies, cleaning equipment, etc, fall to the students. While undoubtably important to learn all this at some point, this causes 4th year rotations to be consumed with rather mundane work that most anyone could do. Consequently, the time spent improving clinical skills and knowledge is also greatly diminished while in the barn. Within the classroom WSU also has some major room for improvement. At the time of my graduation, there were almost no clinicians teaching agriculture classes that had worked in private practice or had any experience outside of academia. So while brilliant in a classroom setting, some of the third year classes you take such as ag animal medicine, are outdated and often times not realistic because they are being taught by professors not clinicians. If you want to do beef or production medicine, I would not recommend going to WSU. The dairy education you will receive is alright but again somewhat unrealistic due to the professors teaching it. Rotation wise you will not do beef medicine (outside of maybe some feedlot necropsies or therio work). In terms of the small animal side- the clinicians are all exceptional and the classes are for the most part taught very well. However, within the hospital (4th year rotations), they are also incredibly short staffed. Last I heard they were down ~37 positions. Again this means students get stuck doing tech work such as administering meds, cleaning kennels, walking dogs, paperwork, making phone calls, etc. They also recently added mandatory weeks to rotations in departments they are very short staffed in to help make up for the staffing deficit with students. While I can’t speak for other schools, WSU recently removed their SIPE (student initiated professional experience) rotation. Once upon a time students got two SIPEs which were considered a chance to get out of the hospital, look at prospective job opportunities, and compare practices. I had many friends that ended up working at the practices they did their SIPEs at. Many also considered this the most valuable rotation they did. This is again to compensate for the staffing shortage within the hospital. The two mandatory weeks they added to ECC and Anesthesia rotations mean there isn’t room in the schedule for everyone to have a SIPE. A final thing regarding the staffing shortage at WSU is their ability to retain talented professors. Without saying names, all of the most charismatic, brilliant, and enthusiastic professors from my time at WSU have since left, and I do mean all/100% in all fields (small animal, large animal, radiology, clinical path, etc). Part of that comes from the new Dean/administration, Dr. Dori Borjesson, who is taking the school in a new direction, part is the location, and some simply chose to retire. This isn't an issue unique to WSU, however the ability to recruit young and talented faculty is. While I was in school, multiple clinicians who had previously retired were brought back to fill in for open positions. Additionally, Dr. Borjesson’s focus while Dean has been on improving school diversity and outreach (which are clearly much needed and great) however this seems to have come at a cost to the rest of the school and has resulted in the systemic issues mentioned above only getting worse. The new dean is also a major proponent of simulation-based learning as a replacement for hands on, and very small animal focused. While simulation models have very likely improved leaps and bounds since my graduation, what I did experience of them was absolutely no substitute for hands on tissue handling or a suitable replacement for clinical skills."
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