Consider a Career in Veterinary Medicine

For those who are interested in veterinary medicine but may have missed the meeting with the Admissions Rep from Tufts last week, below are some helpful resources if you’re considering veterinary school. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our advisors!

So You’re Thinking About Becoming a Veterinarian?

What Does a Veterinarian Do? Veterinarians (vets) practice medicine, treat diseases, and combat injury in non-human animals. Unlike physicians who treat humans, vets must rely on clinical signs to determine what is wrong with an animal, since the animal cannot report how it is feeling. Sometimes pet owners are able to provide a medical history, or the vet is able to use x-ray and ultrasound technology to diagnose the animal. After receiving a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, vets can choose to continue their education by selecting a specialty from among a wide range of options, such as zoological medicine, veterinary emergency and critical care, laboratory animal medicine, and many more.[1]

What does a Veterinary Assistant Do? Veterinary assistants provide routine care for animals in hospitals, clinics, and laboratories, and work closely with veterinarians. You do not need a graduate degree to become a veterinary assistant; training occurs on the job.[2]

Data (Salary, etc.): The average salary for a veterinarian in 2012 was $84,460.[3] Veterinarians do work long hours (often nights and weekends); in 2012, 1 in 3 vets worked more than 50 hours per week.[4]  For veterinary assistants, the average salary (2012) was $23,130. Despite an average level of growth of the field, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects good job opportunities for veterinary assistants in coming years.2

“Why Veterinary Medicine?”  Some top reasons many people choose to go into veterinary medicine include: day-to-day variety in cases and types of animals, getting to work with other animal lovers, needing to use problem solving skills daily, and continuing to learn, even after finishing their formal education.[5]

Veterinary Medicine Resources:

Veterinary School Admissions Process – Advice for a good application

  • Coursework: Research veterinary medicine programs before you apply. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website is a good place to start. Complete the course requirements that CCI’s Health Professions (HP) Advising recommends for all pre-health students.
  • Extracurricular: Gain observation experience by shadowing a veterinarian. Volunteer at animal shelters and in general get as much exposure to animal medicine as you can.
  • Standardized Tests: Take the Graduate Requirement Exam (GRE). Some schools also accept the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in place of the GRE.
  • Personal Statement: The personal statement is very important to your application to vet school.  Some schools may require more than one essay. Make sure to check what the requirements are for the specific programs to which you are applying. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee understand who you are and why veterinary medicine is right for you.
  • Advising: Schedule an appointment with Mary Lothrop or Hannah Benz (HP/STEM advisers) to talk about applying to veterinary schools.  You can also bring draft(s) of your personal statement to CCI to be reviewed by a Peer Career Adviser at Quick Questions (1-3 pm weekdays), or by Mary or Hannah (by appointment).
  • Submitting Your Application: Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is the centralized application service, but not all schools use the system. For schools not using VMCAS, see individual schools’ admissions web pages for application instructions.
  • Veterinary Cost of Education Map: The VIN Foundation helps students figure out the costs of veterinary school.







Weekly Web Updates – October 16, 2017

If you had been using the Jetpack and The Events Calendar plugins in WordPress simultaneously, you may not have been able to set event venues properly in the editing interface. This issue is now resolved.


Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Latin Poetry (Trial through Nov. 11)

Until November 11th, Middlebury faculty, students, and staff have free access to Oxford Scholarly Editions – Latin Poetry. (To find content, search or browse and then limit to Middlebury’s access as shown in the screenshot at the bottom of this post.)

This access includes the use of the Oxford Latin Dictionary widget. If you come across a word or phrase you are not familiar with, highlight it and a menu appears:

Choose Oxford Latin Dictionary and see the results!

Try it out and let us know what you think. Email or contact your liaison.


Screenshot showing texts limited to Middlebury:

Vermont Tech Jam: Vermont’s 11th Annual Job and Tech Expo

Your all-access pass to innovation!

Vermont’s fastest-growing and most innovative companies gather under one roof at this rockin’ career and tech expo. Get cybersecurity tips, learn how Vermont companies are using the Internet of Things, find out about colleges and training programs, and meet dozens of local companies in health care, energy efficiency, robotics and advanced manufacturing that can offer you your next great gig.

Friday, October 20, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, VT

Learn more on their website.

Exhibitors that will be at the Expo looking to hire:


NRG Systems

Green Tech

AllEarth Renewables
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Hardware and Consumer Goods

LORD Sensing-MicroStrain*

IT Solutions

C2 –
Galen Healthcare Solutions 
Logic Supply *
NPI Technology Management

Management & Information Solutions

CSL Software Solutions
Green Mountain Power *

Manufacturing/Product Design

CAD Cut 
Creative MicroSystems 
Global Foundries 
Step Ahead Innovations 

Software and Digital Products

Burlington Bytes
Cox Automotive*
Social Sentinel 
Vermont Information Processing *

The 44% and Why They Matter to Inspiring More Women in Tech

It’s something that is discussed a lot in the industry, and rightfully so, but I think we are missing another important question: What about the 44% of women who stay in tech?

Great post by Julie Elberfeld, Senior Vice President, Shared Technology and Executive Sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion for Technology, Capital One

“My mantra remains: technology is all about finding solutions, and that’s what women do best — we solve problems.”

Read the full Medium article here.

Emails do matter!

Whether you are currently applying to jobs and internships, or will be in the next couple months, you are sure to be sending out a lot of emails. After all the work you’ll put into crafting strong resumes and letters, you want to be sure that your emails reflect this same professionalism. Emails do matter!

An email is one of your first impressions to a potential employer. It is your opportunity to show off your professionalism, your maturity, and your serious interest in the position. Emails give the employer some small insight into what it’s like to interact with you as a person. While proper email etiquette is not going to get you the job, improper etiquette will turnoff the employer and hurt your job chances.

When responding to employer emails, the old dating rule “wait three days” does not apply. You’re not trying to play it “cool” and avoid coming off as “desperate.” Slow responses signal to employers that you’re not that interested. They might not waste time waiting for your response when they have a pool of other qualified candidates. In addition, waiting for your answer might irritate an interviewer. Therefore, it’s good practice to respond to emails within 24 hours. Responding and saying that you were “really busy”, is not an excuse. The potential employer is busy too, and this excuse may make them question your ability to handle the workload at their company along with various responsibilities of the job. Use your quick response time to indicate to the employer that you consider this job a top priority.

When job and internship searching over email, using professional etiquette may encourage the potential employer to take you seriously and actually read the email. Use a professional email, not your account.  Address the individual by their appropriate title (Ms., Mr., Dr., etc), write a clear subject line, and use proper grammar. Be positive, polite, and concise, but be sure to include the relevant information. If it has not already been stated that the employer would like a cover letter and resume, ask for permission to include the documents with the email. Attach your cover letter and resume, each as their own PDF, and clearly labeled with your last name (Smith_Resume). Do not paste your cover letter into the body of the email. Last, absolutely NO emoticons, no matter how perfectly the “high-five” captures your feelings about the job.

Here’s an example of what your email should NOT look like:

Here’s an example of what it should look like:

Lastly, re-read your email before you send it!
For more information on how to write emails, check out this helpful article in the balance.

Caroline  Jaschke ’18 is a Peer Career Advisor at the CCI and a double majoring in English and Neuroscience. In her role, she helps students develop resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, and access helpful job and internship search resources such as Handshake.


Trending Questions: How should I start?

Trending Questions“I have to write a research paper. How should I start?”

We’re hearing this question a lot these days, and we aren’t surprised. The librarians at the Research Desk have helped many students begin working on research papers — and the process is a little different every time. Depending on the assignment (how long is the paper? what are the requirements and goals? when is it due?), the topic, and the prep work you’ve done already, we might suggest beginning in Summon, or MIDCAT, or… on a sheet of notebook paper where you’ll jot down a few keywords to get the thoughts flowing.

If this trending question has been on your mind lately too, go ahead and ask a librarian! Find us at the Research Desk in the Davis Family Library, behind the Circulation Desk at the Armstrong Library, or online at go/askus/.