USU vet program accepts first batch of students

USU’s new veterinary medicine program needs a few more developments before it opens next semester, but finding students to attend is no longer one of them. Applications for the program have been received, interviews conducted and offers made as 20 resident and 10 non-resident students prepare to attend the program during the fall 2012 semester.”It looks like we’re in good shape as far as students arriving on campus in the fall,” said Ken White, associate dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “We had 43 resident students that applied for the 20 positions, and we have selected those down and have sent out letters accepting them.”Utah legislators approved USU’s doctor of veterinary medicine program March 9.The university received 43 applications on Oct. 3; however, only 29 students were given interviews between Jan. 27 and 29, said Chris Davies, director of Admissions.”That’s 29 students that we thought were well-qualified based on their applications,” Davies said.Jace Hill, a senior studying bio-veterinary sciences, was one of the applicants.”I was scared out of my mind, because I’ve always been self-employed,” Hill said. “I didn’t know what to expect. But once I actually got into the interview … they were actually very personable.”Emily Ozmun, a junior majoring in bio-veterinary sciences, agreed and said, “It was tough and nerve racking, but they did a really good job at making me feel comfortable,” Ozmun said.Department Professor Aaron Olsen said the bar for applicants is high, and, in order to get an interview, students must first impress faculty members with their applications.The criteria for applicants include a high GRE score, approximately 500 hours of experience with animals or veterinary medicine and a 3.5 GPA or better, he said. Applicants also must have good temperament, he added.”We want to see that they are going to be good colleagues,” Olsen said.Hill and Ozmun, along with 18 other resident students, were notified of their acceptance into the program via email notification sent Feb. 6 and then more formally through a letter sent Feb. 8.

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