San Diego State University
Preprofessional Health Advising Office
GMCS-328 / Wed. 3:00 p.m.
TOPICS IN VETERINARY MEDICINE
Barbara Huntington, Director
Preprofessional Health Advising Office GMCS-323
Optional/Recommended Texts (wait to purchase until after the first day of class):
Huntington, Barbara and Masse, Linda, 2003. Writing About Me: A step by
step guide to developing a powerful personal statement for your application
to schools of medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry, pharmacy, physician
assistant, podiatry and veterinary medicine.
AAVMC. Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements in theUnited States and Canada (Latest Edition). (VMSAR) Williams & Wilkins
As a result of this course, students will:
1) Attendance (based on weekly journal)
Since it is not polite to invite a speaker and then have no one show up because of studying for a final in another class, ONLY ONE UNEXCUSEDABSENCE IS ACCEPTED. It must be made up by submitting a one-page paper on the topic that was missed no later than one week after the absence. Excused absences (illness, death in family) must be submitted in writing to Barbara Huntington. Submission of your journal each week at the end of class substantiates your attendance.
2) Timely submission of assignments and speaker evaluations.
Homework must be typed and is due at the beginning of each class and the weekly journal must be submitted before leaving class. In cases of excused absences, homework will be accepted up until the next class meeting. Please retain copies of all assignments.
Use this guideline for papers assigned in this class: Writing Guideline
Health care professionals are held to high ethical standards. Please be aware
of the school's policy
on academic dishonesty requiring professors to report all cases of academic
Course Evaluation: One unit course. Credit/No Credit
3. Course Work
4. Complete the speaker review sheet : Link
Please retain all copies of assignments.
|Date Due:||Homework Assignments|
|Access the VMCAS application and print off the first page where
you input your name. The application can be found at: http://www.aavmc.org.
Post to the Forum your Top 5 Veterinary Schools and 3 reasons why you chose each school
Write at least one full double-spaced page on how do you deal with stress, how you relax, and who you turn to if you're stressed?
Access the VMCAS application, complete it, print off the entire application, and turn it in. (The application goes off-line on October 3). The application can be found at: http://www.aavmc.org.
Write at least one full double-spaced page on how you feel about the use of animals in vet school?
Write at least one full double-spaced page on where do you see yourself (in relationship to veterinary medicine) in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
Write at least one full double-spaced page on:
If you were tied with one other person for the last spot in a veterinary school, what would you tell the admissions officer to convince them they should pick you over the other person?
Also begin to think of ideas for your personal statement
Bring and prepare to discuss the introduction and general bullet points for your personal statement.
|November 2||Name five adjectives that describe you and explain how they apply.|
Bring three copies of your personal statement (2-3 pages double spaced) to class. (1 for peer review, 1 for Barb's review)
Write at least one full double-spaced page on the following question: As a client, name three characteristics you look for in a veterinarian. Explain your reasoning. Please give examples. (This will help you get started with the application process)
|Write two pages on a topic of interest in the field of veterinary medicine whether it be an illness or a procedure you would like to learn more about. Please include 2-3 scholarly articles. This assignment will be due at 11:59 pm.|
In your vet experiences, what is the most difficult situation you have faced and how did you deal with it?
|December 7||How do you feel about the impending "overpopulation" of women in the veterinary field?|
December 14 (3:30)
|Students are required to go to final exam times. Come by to pick up your VMCAS application and complete an evaluation of the speakers. Bring in a list of inerview questions we can review in class. Another class will also be in the room.|
TOPICS IN VETERINARY MEDICINE
|August 29||Introduction--Review syllabus--VMCAS and veterinary schools--Get to know each other.|
Penelope Milne--Dog trainer
Holly Mullen, DVM, DAVCS---Veterinary Surgery
Todd Cecil, DVM--Exotics
|Oct.3*(Meet in Library)||
Sue Hollander, Science Reference Librarian
Jim Kubiak--The Breeder's Assistant
Anne Serdy, DVM - Small Animal Veterinarian
|Oct. 24||Summer Griffin, DVM (SDSU Alum)- Small Animal Veterinarian, Member of Charter class of Western University.|
Brian Joseph, DVM--The Living Coast Discovery Center
|Nov. 21||Submit assignment in lieu of class meeting. Have a good Thanksgiving!|
Kent Osborn, DVM--Veterinary Pathologist
|Dec. 12||Students are required to go to final exam times. Come by to pick up your VMCAS application and complete an evaluation of the speakers. Bring in a list of inerview questions we can review in class.|