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"The admission office was awesome but I did not interact with them very much."
"Keep up the great work and fast responses!"
"Provide a timeline of the weekend (tour times, etc.) and shuttles to students during the week before the interview. I like to know things ahead of time so that was the only that I didn't like as much."
"They should receive all the information from VMCAS, don't require re-submitting all the same information directly to the school itself."
"Keep up the good work!"
"The application process needs to enter the digital era, with the option to pay with a credit card."
"I wish I didnt have to send so much paperwork. Seemed redundant."
"I've heard of a couple instances where interview offers were either 1) not received by the applicant (in my case) or 2) never sent to the applicant. I would make sure that the applicant received the interview offer before we call the admissions office."
"Having an online portal would have helped rather than having the paper application. I forgot to make a copy of mine, so I could not clearly remember what I put on the supplemental application."
"I enjoyed the pizza party but I was concern that it put some students at advantage to have the pizza party before their interview; half of the students already had the interview but half were not at the time of the party."
"Nothing they were wonderful"
"The admissions staff was wonderful, but it would have been nice to have a more structured interview day like other schools."
"Have a more open-house sort of day for students like purdue"
"Maybe revise emails during the application process to advertise looking over the frequently asked questions on the website; there is a lot of useful information there!"
"I really liked how we had time to talk to other applicants and K-State veterinary students while we were waiting before our interviews, it calmed my nerves a lot."
"None. I like how simple the supplemental application is. I don't know why we send a copy of GRE scores though?"
"None. They did a fantastic job of answering any and all questions within 24 hours. There was no mention of a tour when I was there, so I did not get one, unfortunately."
"Because the interview was during christmas break on a sunday, the school and hospital were pretty empty. It would be nice to be there when more was going on!"
"Better tour guide screening!"
"I interviewed the day after the pizza party, but I felt sorry for the people who interviewed the first day before the party. The "party" was more of an information session, and it gave me a lot of good information about the school that I was able to use in my interview. If I had interviewed before the pizza part I definitely would have felt as though I was at a disadvantage."
"None, they were very friendly and responsive when I spoke with them. I left a message asking about timing for my flight and interview and Janel Koons called me back the next day to answer my question."
"None, everything was wonderful"
"nothing, everyone was wonderful!"
"None, everyone was friendly and helpful."
"None; everyone responded to my questions quickly and thoroughly, and staff and faculty are extremely friendly."
"Put together a more concrete informational session. I wish there had been more planned events for the interviewees."
"Note that the tours also leave from the check in conference room in the information e-mail."
"A few more details about the structure of the interview/tour day in the interview invite email would be really helpful."
"They seem to do a great job and I can't think of much they could do better. It would be nice to be able to see more of the hospital "in action." I know interviews are on weekends when most of the hospital is closed, and lots of tours could interfere with operations, but still I don't feel we really got too much out of hospital tour by walking through a mostly empty building and hallways."
"None, I had a wonderful time and was very impressed by the school, the interviewers, all the student ambassadors, and I felt that the interview went really well."
"Tell us about a time when you worked with a team and had to get them on board with something."
"What would a animals right activist dislike that an animal welfare activist be unconcerned about"
"Difference between animal welfare and animal right"
"Tell us about yourself (Not really a question but it is at the same time)"
"You said that you're an only child, how have you learned to work through conflicts with others?"
"Why do you want to go to Kansas State?"
"Tell me about yourself, why Kansas, and how did I get here? (All asked together)"
"Do you know the difference between animal rights and animal welfare?"
"What are some traits you value in a veterinarian?"
"What is the difference between animal welfare and animal rights, and which side are you on?"
"Why do you want to go to K-State?"
"Tell us about yourself, why vet med? Why K-State?"
"Why Kansas State?"
"What are 3 qualities do you believe a veterinarian should possess?"
"How would you defend animal research as an ethical practice to a lobbyist against it?"
"What were pet stores like 100 years ago? (specific to my application; my family owns pet stores--so know the history if you are using family business material)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"How is physics used in veterinary medicine?"
"What is your greatest strength and weakness?"
"What is the difference between a heifer and a ____ (it sounds very similar to heifer but is a breed of cow)"
"What have you done since submitting your vet school application?"
"Right out of the box was their infamous three-parter:
a) what makes you unique?
b) why vet med?
and c) why k-state?"
"Started the interview with: Why are you a unique applicant, why vet med, why kstate."
"Have you ever set a goal and did not achieve it? How did that affect you?"
"What would you do if you failed a class in veterinary school? (the only question that I didn't immediately know an answer too)"
"What kinds of things do you vaccinate cattle for?"
"How would you describe your leadership style?"
"What do you plan to differently in veterinary school?"
"What are some common characteristics that you saw in the vets you have worked with that made them good vets."
"why vet med/why k state"
"What was your most difficult class?"
"Seems like they start every interview off the same, they tell you about them, and ask you to tell them about you and why vet med. They did not specifically ask why K-state but they asked how many schools I applied to."
"Asked about my trip to Peru to work with alpacas"
"Why Vet Med and Why K-State (first question)?"
"Define Integrity in your opinion (since I brought it up)"
"What is the biggest problem in society today?"
"Can you explain how a specific veterinarian can practice unethically?"
"Who is a person that you look up to and would like to meet/why?"
"So I see you majored in French... How do you think that will benefit you as a veterinarian?"
"Why did you choose (your undergraduate institution)?"
"What do you think the role of a veterinarian is?"
"Where I get my news from and about a current event."
"What are you opinions on declawing cats?"
"Current news topic that impacts Vets"
"What is something that you would have changed about your undergraduate education, if you could?"
"How do you keep up on current events?"
"What was your favorite part of biology"
"What is your definition of integrity?"
"How do you define integrity."
"Tell me about yourself. Why K-State? Why vet med? (All in one question!)"
"Tell me how you feel about the idea of changing the term pet "Owner" to pet "Guardian"?"
"What was your favorite class?/What was your most challenging class? Why?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"The dreaded "Tell us about yourself and why vet med?""
"How do you feel about the horse slaughter ban?"
"What can you tell us about yourself that will make you distinct among the other students that we interview today?"
"Why Veterinary medicine?"
"What do you think makes you stand out from other applicants?"
"Tell us something about yourself that you think would serve you well as a vet."
"Tell me about yourself, why vet med, and why k-state?"
"Talk about a time when you felt like you were a leader."
"How many horses are at the rescue you volunteer at and how do you feel about the recent legislation passed banning horse slaughter?"
"Do you know of some current legislation related to animal welfare?"
"How do you deal with stress, and what do you do to relax?"
"Tell us about your research. "
"If you were in vet school and saw one of your classmates cheating during a test, what would you do?"
"Tell us about your veterinary experiences."
"Difference between animal rights and animal welfare?"
"whats the difference between animal welfare and animal rights?"
"What is the difference between animal rights and animal welfare?"
"There were several questions about my specific experiences (research and clinical), such as how many veterinarians are currently at the hospital I work in. "
"What do you think about California's Proposition 2? How does it relate to the quail industry (in reference to my experience raising quail)?"
"Do you know about Prop 2? (tell us about it and your stance)"
"How did you first get interested in veterinary medicine and what have you done to pursue the career since? How did you hear about Kansas State and what interests you about it?"
"What role do you think veterinarians should play in society?"
"Tell us about yourself"
"What are the good qualities of a veterinarian?"
"What would the bumper sticker of your life say?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What is your greatest strength and greatest weakness?"
"You've had a lot of interesting experiences...why don't you start by telling us about them. (The whole interview grew out of this.)"
"Tell me about yourself. (I answered in terms of where I was born and have lived... my educational history..)"
"What are the challenges facing veterinary medicine in the next 5 years?"
"If you had to prepare a presentation to present to a large group of people would you rather work alone, in a group of 3 or in a group of 8 or 9 students?"
"How have you improved your application since the last time you applied?"
"What is B.S.E?"
"what are your study skills?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"What would you do if you were in private practice in an affluent area and an animal in which a spay was performed by another competing veterinarian came in that developed a hernia? What would you say to the client?"
"Describe yourself for us."
"A family comes in with an 11 month year old puppy that they can not control due to poor behavoir. They want it put down, what do you do?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?"
"Why do you want to be a vet adn not a PhD student?"
"Pick an item from the grocery store that is animal based and tell me how it got there."
"What aspects of my major will influence me in vet med?"
"What is something going on in the news that relates to veterinary medicine?"
"If you made a bumber sticker about yourself what would it say?"
"animal welfare/animal rights"
"What is hoof and mouth disease? Do you think it was necessary to cull all of those cows in England? What about a vaccine?"
"Who is the governer of NY? Who is the mayor of NYC?"
"If you were to create a bumper sticker for yourself, what words or phrase would you put on the sticker?"
"Asked about a specific class I took (Slavic Vampires)"
"What field do you want to go into and why?"
"Asked me to tell them all about my research, and where "we" as a scientific community are with it (WNS research and bats)"
"With the increase in population, what is something veterinarians need to change to address the issue?"
"I had significantly improved my GRE scores from the first time I took it and they asked me how I did that."
"What was the moment you decided you wanted to be a veterinarian?"
"What did you learn from traveling around the world and how does that relate to veterinary?"
"Discussed antibiotic resistance per my research interests."
"What are some differences between shelter medicine and private practice?"
"Do we do a good job of raising food animals in the US?"
"Asked me about my high school."
"What is the difference between a heifer and a hereford?"
"What sources do you use to get your news?"
"They asked me about my artwork that had been published."
"Tell us about a current event in the US. They followed up by asking, "Who was Nelson Mandela?""
"How will physics help you in vet school?"
"They asked me very specific terms from statistics because I had taken stats in my undergrad (freshmen year). They asked what is non-response bias and variance related to statistics."
"How do you feel about the beef industry in the USA?"
"i will list two, because the first one is something that would tailor only me:
1) tell us more about lure coursing! we do not know what that is.
2) how is physics used in veterinary medicine? (i got ecstatic with this question because i LOVE physics)"
"We discussed the research I did while abroad and as if in a comfortable conservation with a friend, they were very interested and asked me questions throughout my explanation."
"What is the most rewarding thing (in your opinion) for vets in private practice?"
"What kind of leadership role would take in your community as a veterinarian?"
"What is something that our communities will need to work on in the next five years that is not related to veterinary medicine? (I thought the question was kind of vague but I was able to come up with a response about working together, not sure if its what they wanted though....)"
"Nothing in particular stands out as being too unusual or unexpected."
"what can you apply from your physics classes to vet medicine?"
"Didn't have any interesting questions"
"Did your family member (who is in the veterinary field) encourage or try to persuade you to pursue vet med?"
"What's the most number of pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that you've done and how long did it take you? (mentioned it in a sentence on my app)"
"What was your favorite class you took as an undergraduate and why?"
"What do you think you will be making, salary-wise, when you get out of school and how many hours per week do you think you'll be working?"
"How do you feel about the current laws of owning an exotic animal in KS?"
"What did you learn in your international vet work that you want to bring back here to the US?"
"nothing stands out."
"What was it that caused your view of animal agriculture to change, do you feel it was forced on you by your undergrad, and what was your thought process in changing your perception?"
"Please tell me about a case that stood out to you."
"Do you think euthanasia is a better alternative than an animal being crammed in a cage in a no kill shelter for the rest of its life?"
"How would you solve the issue of overpopulation in horses if you were given the opportunity to?"
"What is your opinion of PETA?"
"What is the coolest thing you have ever seen when doing a necropsy?"
"How do you feel about breed-specific legislation."
"I spoke a lot about wildlife conservation so they asked me how i feel hunting plays a role in that."
"As a veterinarian you will work with mainly other women. Do you feel that you are “one of the girls” and can go out socializing with them? Or do you feel that you should separate yourself from them? Tell me about how women veterinarians that you’ve worked with have handled that situation and then how you would."
"What books do you read? (A follow up to what I do to relax)"
"Tell me about your volunteer experience."
"Why do you think there is pet overpopulation problem?"
""How do you feel about No Kill movement?" This is an interesting debate in the field, and I have given it a lot of thought over the years so I feel I was able to give a good, reasonable answer. I think with most of these questions, they were trying to get a feel if given my background/goal in shelter med, I might be too much of a softie or "bleeding heart." They need to see that you can grasp all sides of an issue rationally, and not just be ruled by emotions."
"What role do veterinarians have in communicating with the public/government about breed bans?"
"We talked about some of the unusual experiences that I had listed on my app; specifically the research in which I participated and worked with Bald Eagles. We talked about the toxicology work and they informed me of a possible connection at the school to continue similar studies."
"What qualities make your family vet a good one?"
"They asked me about sign language and flute playing which were on my application."
"Various questions about past experiences."
"What honor meant the most to you?"
"How do you feel about the use of animals in entertainment, for example dog/horse racetracks, circuses, and zoos to some extent"
"What are your thoughts on hot branding?"
"Do you know about the Amanda Knox case? (since I studied abroad in Italy)"
"How do you feel about the situation in this country with horses, and the overpopulation problem?"
"I've never heard of field hockey. Give me a one minute synopsis of the game. "
"What are a veterinarian's moral obligations to his or her community?"
"If there is a philanthropist who wants to donate one million dollars to a charity, which charity would you convince him/her to donate it to and how would you achieve that? "
"Who is the current Vice President?"
"what do u do to relax?"
"What do you think influences behavior more - genetics or environment? "
"They asked about my minor (in a humanities field) and how it would relate to veterinary medicine."
"How do you keep up with the news? What is something new that is happening in embryology (in reference to my experience in this field)?"
"Talk about your research experience, not specifically what you have done, but how have they influenced your opinion of the field and what kinds of things have you learned?"
"What do you think about the E.U.'s ban on hormone-treated beef?"
"What are your thoughts about amputating an animal's leg for no reason other than to learn for a class. (he clarified that the animal would have no real need to have its leg amputated)"
"What do you think about the U.S. shipping horse meat for other people around the world to eat?"
"Do you think that bovine castration is painful?"
"How does dentistry compare to veterinary medicine?"
"Did you know about the veterinarian in New England who discovered screwworms in a dog?"
"Tell us what it was like working at Banfield."
"Tell me about the research you did in Baja, Mexico. (I did rodent species diversity and population, studied bird species and methods of capturing food, ant studies and plant fauna)"
"If I could sum up myself on a bumpersticker, what would it say?"
"Were you concerned about fly strike in the calves that you castrated in Belize?"
"Tell us a joke from your stand-up comedy routine."
"How I felt about research on animals."
"how do you like your undergraduate school?"
"What do you think is the most important issue facing this country in the next 2 years?"
"''What do you like to read?''"
"What books have you read recently?"
"What is the difference between a heifer and a herfer?"
"Are hyenas cats?"
"If you were to make a bumper sticker about yourself what would it say? "
"What direction does the water flow in the Boston Mountains (AR)?"
"In my opinion, what are the qualities of a good veterinarian?"
"If you made a bumber sticker about yourself what would it say?"
"Talking about current events, I mentioned Asian Bird Flu, they asked how it was being spread both locally and internationally."
"What is a coggins test?"
"''you have really good grades and a lot of experience. why do you want to come to Kstate over a school closer to your home?''"
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