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Available to all NC State students, from freshman through senior year, and those individuals returning to obtain admission credits and post-graduate studies, Vet PAC is dedicated to mentoring and assisting students to help them reach their veterinary career goals.  This support is in addition to the advice provided by Departmental and Program Academic Advisors.   Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is a graduate program and PreVeterinary track students typically apply to Vet School in their senior year of Undergraduate program.

VetPAC has developed several resources  with the five main components of a veterinary school application in mind;

(A) Grades (GPA)
(B) GRE scores
(C) Required Experience
(D) Letters of recommendation
(E) Personal Statement

Note:  Many CVMs also have an additional supplemental application (ex. CVM-NCSU) and many CVMs conduct a personal interview with the short-listed candidates as a part of the application process. Supplemental applications often consist of several thought-provoking questions in which students are limited to several hundred words for relating concise and thorough understanding of the given topic.  A list of practice supplemental application questions from different Vet Schools can be found in the VetPAC office.

A. Professional Mentoring
Gaining admission to veterinary school is a competitive process. With only 28 veterinary schools in the nation, students must have a well-balanced and a unique DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) application encompassing several areas.  VetPAC provides professional mentoring available to all NC State students, from freshman through senior year, and those individuals returning to obtain admission credits and post-graduate studies.  Vet PAC is dedicated to mentoring and assisting students to help them reach their veterinary career goals.

The Vet PAC Director, Dr. Shweta Trivedi is herself a veterinarian who received her Ph.D. in immunology at N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Applicants can set up appointments with Dr. Trivedi to consult about the PreVeterinary track. 

Dr. Trivedi's Brief Bio:
Dr. Shweta Trivedi received her veterinary degree (Bachelor of Veterinary Science) in 1998 from Gobind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, the first premier Land-Grant pattern university of India.  She was awarded the renowned Junior Research fellowship for doing Masters of Veterinary Science degree in Veterinary Immunology from Indian Veterinary Research Institute in 2000 during which she investigated the diagnostic techniques for bovine tuberculosis.  She completed PhD in Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University in 2005.  Dr. Trivedi went on to do her postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Allergic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (2005-2007) and she continued her subsequent postdoctoral fellowship in the Environmental Genetics Group at National institute of Environmental Health Sciences (2007-2009), NIH with Dr. Steven Kleeberger.  Currently, Dr. Trivedi is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at NCSU where she teaches two courses in Anatomy and Physiology of domestic animals as well as a study abroad course in wildlife mangement and conservation.  She  is also actively establishing a new Professional Development course for PreVeterinary track students at NCSU which will be offered every Spring semester.

B. VetPAC Library
The VetPAC library is located within the VetPAC in 341 Riddick Hall.  The library has an extensive array of veterinary journals, news magazines, textbooks, DVM program information, veterinary brochures (JAVMA, AJVR, North Carolina Veterinarian, Clinican's Brief, dvm360, Veterinary Medicine, Trends Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, Veterinary Economics, Veterinary Focus, Clinical Edge and more) .  College of Veterinary Medicine and several faculty members of the Biology and Animal Science Departments have generously donated journals and textbooks on a regular basis.  With the kind permission of the Director, a VetPAC book donation bin has been placed within the Veterinary Medical Library which is one of the four braches of NCSU libraries. 

C. Electronic Portfolio Management
PreVeterinary track students have the opportunity to build a portfolio database from freshman through senior year to record, manage and track their academic accomplishments, diverse experiences and extra-curricular activities needed for the DVM applications.  The registered students will be able to develop their PreVet profile under four major categories;

(a) Data sheet
-Here students register with VetPAC and furnish details such as major/anticipated year of graduation, GRE test dates, advisor information etc.

(b) Portfolio
- Under this category, students have an access to a tool to calculate their required courses GPA, upload GRE scores, update their animal, veterinary, research and other experience hours as well as a personal statement along with supplemental essay questions.

(c) Recommendation Letters
- Students are required to identify at least two veterinarians along with their contact information who will be writing a recommendation letter for the VMCAS application.  Students will also identify other professors and professionals who shall write additional recommedation letters.

(d) Colleges of Veterinary Medicine
- Under this category, students are required to identify their top 5 veterinary schools of choice and upload the website as well as eligibility requirements.

D. Personal Statement Critiques and Mock Interviews
Dr. Trivedi provides both personal statement revision and overall review of the student application for the online DVM application system, VMCAS.  She also monitors student progress and advises them on the required experiences.  She also conducts mock DVM interviews to help prepare students for the application process.

Dr. Trivedi shall review personal statements up until a week before the VMCAS deadline (2nd October, 2013).  However, it is strongly recommended that current DVM applicants start sending their personal statements from 6/1 to 9/15/2013 for a prompt response.

Dr. Trivedi shall conduct mock interviews for applicants who are invited from the veterinary schools for a one-on-one interview.  Mock interview sessions will be held in the 2nd week of December and January, based on the applicant interview dates. 

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