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    Has anyone interviewed in Idaho? I was just looking for a few pointers about what to expect? SOme interviewers seem lax, others not so much. Overall, have most people found the straight forward general questions in their interview or the stumpers that make you second guess what you're doing there!!!???? Any examples?
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    Congrats on the interview! I will be an incoming 1st termer this Jan and had my interview recently. The interview was held with a Vet from UCDavis at his private office in Southern California. Upon notice of my interview, I called his office (staff consisted of 2 Vets, 3 assistants, and 1 vet tech) and arranged for a convenient interview date/time. The doc was very accomodating and we set up a meeting time of 11:00am at his office. The interview consisted of questions that you are asked and then your interviewer will give you a little time to write the essay. During the interview, the doc told me he used to serve on the admissions committee at UCDavis and he thought SGU was a great alternative to US schools. He was impressed with the amount of money being spent on the vet school. I will break down my interview experience by listing some of the main parts and filling in details.

    What to wear (for men)
    For a med or vet school interview, we all know that it is most appropriate to wear a dark suit w/ matching tie. However, the interviewing doc was VERY laid back and told me ahead of time on the phone that I shouldn't dress up too much and instead I should just wear some professional clothes. He actually said, "Don't worry about wearing a 3 piece suit, just dress professional". This was out of left field as I had already picked out my suit and it was gonna look so good on me. Instead, I picked out some nice slacks, long-sleeve button up shirt (with nice thin stripes that matched the slacks), some nice shoes, and NO TIE. I didn't need a jacket/coat as it was like 80 degrees that day here in sunny so cali, but in Idaho, you might wanna have a nice coat/jacket and perhaps a scarf.

    How to prepare for interview
    Don't stress over reading veterinary journals and trying to cram everything. Doing so will just get you flustered in your preparation. At this point of our careers, we all have volunteered in the field and know how we feel about major issues like euthanasia, breeding, food animals, animal research, and elective procedures (declawing, tail docking, ear cropping). Make sure you go over how you truly feel about these issues as you might be asked to opine. The focus of your preparation should be on your personal statement and application. Basically, what you wrote to procure an interview will be the theme of the interview. Know your reason for choosing vet medicine, why SGU, volunteer experience, academic performance, career aspirations, and personal interests outside of school. Think about all the sacrfices you have made and are ready to make for a career in this great profession, that should be enough motivation to really concentrate on preparing for your interview.

    Questions asked by my interviewer
    I checked in with the front desk and shortly my interviewer greeted me. We went into an exam room and started the interview. My interviewer had a standard list of questions that he asked me and wrote down after eliciting answers from me. Throughout this process he added in his own personal questions and insights in order to make it a more interpersonal experience.

    The questions that he aske me were:

    Why do you want to be a veterinarian?
    What animal experiences do you have?
    Tell me about your research experience? (I had done cell and developmental bio research in undergrad and had won grants/scholarships for it).
    Why SGU DVM?
    How did you learn of SGU DVM?
    Do you think you will be able to handle living on Grenada?
    Are you ready to commit $150K?
    What do you plan to do upon graduation, small or large animal? or Research?
    How do you see yourself 10 yrs from now?
    What area of the country do you plan to practice in?
    What do you think of euthanasia in your practice?
    What skills did you learn from volunteering at the small animal hospital?
    What did you do at the county shelter?
    What other non vet/animal volunteer acctivities have you participated in?
    Did you apply to US schools?
    What area of veterinary medicine interests you? (I like surgery so thats what I talked about)
    Do you want to specialize?

    Conclusion
    My overall interview experience was GREAT! My interviewer was a very cordial doc and it was more of a conversation than an interrogation. Even though he had to fill in answers on the sheet that SGU provides, he would often break away from that and ask his own questions. I usually do well at interviews and can articulate my thoughts so I did not feel nervous at all. I only felt eustress, the good kind of stress. After we finished up the interview, I wrote a short essay on one of three topic choices provided by SGU. The topics were (as best I can recall): What are 3 characteristics that are good to have as a veterinarian, Describe an important event that influenced you, and name a person that ispires you. I am not sure these are exactly the questions but you can find them on this forum. I hope this helps. If you don't know, there is SGU DVM yahoo group (St_Georges_University : St. George's University( Vet Med)) and there plenty of people posting.
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    Well, they have a basic script that they have to ask and then they have their questions and then you get to ask them questions-and then there's the essay thingy.

    overall though it's not quite so bad as some of the "Spanish Inquisition"-like interview panels at certain Other Schools or Universities (hint) where you feel like jumping off the top of of the student center afterward.

    Dress professionally, arrive at least 10 minutes early (I planned to arrive 30-45 mins early since I was driving from a great distance, then I just found a park a few blocks away to walk around in until a more appropriate time, but alternately you could park down the street and just hang out in your car and waste time) and chill out. Don't try to fake questions if you don't know the answer. Say "I don't know but I would do XYZ to find out" or "I can't answer that, here is what I would do instead" etc. DO NOT say "I want to be a vet because I can't stand working with people" cause guess what-I've never ever had a horse gallop into the clinic by himself with a credit card stuck to his halter-every animal comes with at least one person (and some people make me want to wear tinfoil...but I digress) You'll get some tough questions but you'll get some questions that you can answer easily-not that they're easy questions per se, but they're ones you should be able to hit out of the park if you've any vet background at all.

    They usually ask about the "how do you feel about the animal rights versus animal welfare issue" and "the owner versus guardian" issue

    read the newspaper, some ask about current events. I can't remember which one it was, but one interviewer asked me what my favourite sedation protocol was for equine dentistry was, and then asked me why and what for...then asked me what my favorite blade was for c-sxns in cows! Good thing I pretty much lived in the large animal clinic. I think they do things like that just to see how you'll respond. I told them truthfully "I'm not a doctor but I like XYZ because blah blah blah but if the new dr wants to use ABC then that's what I use" Now, if I didn't have any experience with one of those things I'd have said something like "honestly, I've only scrubbed in on one c-sxn, and that was a long time ago, I couldn't say that I have a blade preference except to request a sharp, sterile one with a handle"

    It's all about being yourself, being professional, and owning the room (not haughtily, but just confidently)
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    Good points ortho... just wondering, what term dvm are you?

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