Available to all NC State students, from freshman through senior year, and those individuals returning to obtain admission credits and post-graduate studies, VetPAC 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. Pre-veterinary track students typically apply to Vet School in their senior year of their Undergraduate degree.
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.
Gaining admission to veterinary school is a competitive process. With only 30 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. VetPAC is dedicated to mentoring and assisting students to help them reach their veterinary career goals.
The VetPAC Director, Dr. Shweta Trivedi, is 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 Pre-veterinary 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 pursuing a Masters of Veterinary Science degree in Veterinary Immunology from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in 2000, during which she investigated the diagnostic techniques for bovine tuberculosis. She completed Ph.D. 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 an Associate 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 has also established a new Professional Development course for Pre-veterinary track students at NCSU which will be offered every Spring semester (ANS 281).
The VetPAC Library is located in the VetPAC office in 341 Riddick Hall. This library is a resource for students to browse through and learn more about the field of veterinary medicine. Some of the resources in the library include academic journals, study abroad information, vet school admissions information, G.R.E. preparation, and informative books about different topics related to veterinary medicine such as animal husbandry and anatomy.
Pre-veterinary 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 Pre-vet 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.
- Under this category, students have access to a tool to calculate their required course GPA, upload GRE scores, personal statement, supplemental essay questions, and keep an updated list of their animal, veterinary, research, and other experience hours.
(c) Recommendation Letters
- Students are required to identify and provide the contact information of at least two veterinarians who will be writing recommendation letters for the VMCAS application. Students will also identify other professors and professionals who will 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.
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 (September 15th). However, it is strongly recommended that current DVM applicants start sending their personal statements from June 1 to September 1 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.