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What are the requirements to stay in the club?
An active member must:

    * Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
    * Participate in at least two major club activities
    * Participate in at least one fundraiser activities
    * Refrain from missing more than three meetings each semester (unless approved)
    * Pay dues
Does veterinary experience (volunteering or working at a veterinary clinic) increase a student’s chances of becoming a veterinarian?
Absolutely! The more experience the better, both for your application and your own knowledge. Much of what you learn about veterinary medicine will be taught in a clinic outside of veterinary school.
When are club t-shirts available?
Usually, the club will design and order t-shirts at the start of the Fall semester. However, it entirely depends on how many shirts are sold each semester. We aren't able to buy more until we sell all of the old ones! Check with our treasurer to see if any shirts are available.
I’m interested in seeing some changes in the club, who should I talk to?
Any of the officers! We are all interested to hear about our club’s interests.
What is the difference in applying to vet school with a Pre-Veterinary Science degree, Biomedical Science degree, or Animal Science degree?
There is little difference to the veterinary school. They have required classes and they’ll be looking at those more than your degree of choice. There are several places where your degree selection becomes important:

  • What type of classes you are interested in taking?
  • What if you find veterinary school is not for you? What degree will be most useful for your second career of choice? Do you know what you can do with each degree?
  • Consider also that since veterinary colleges don’t necessarily focus on degree plans, your major can be anything so long as you enroll in the classes required by your selected graduate college. Most people choose a degree that aligns with those classes so that a bachelor degree can be obtained while fulfilling the veterinary school prerequisites. Still, there is nothing holding you back from being an art, business or education major, if you feel it will be of use to you. Keep in mind, though, that your advisor may have limited advice for veterinary school application if you chose a completely different major.
Why do I really need an advisor? I can register for the right classes on my own; he/she seems to only tell me what is in the catalog.
Some people are able to successfully navigate through their bachelor program with no advising. The benefit of visiting your advisor is threefold:
  • They are familiar with the requirements for your goals.
  • They can help you set up a four year plan. You’ll quickly notice that Tarleton’s classes have limited availability. Because it is a smaller college, there are few times offered and many classes are only offered in either the fall or the spring semester.
  • Also, many classes fall at the same time during the semester. You may need to take three classes that are all offered at 10 am MWF. The advantage of having an advisor is they should be familiar with when classes are offered and can set up a plan cognizant of that. As a new student, it is difficult to collect this information without the help of an advisor.