Preparing for your veterinary school interview

If you are among the top candidates from the regional program states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah for admission to the DVM program at Washington State University, you will be contacted for an interview. (Non-resident applicants, including certified applicants from WICHE states, are not interviewed.) The interview is a very important step in the selection process, as it allows us a chance to learn more about you and for you to stand out. It also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the DVM program.

Frequently asked questions about interviews for the DVM program

How long is an interview for veterinary school?

The interview consists of a 30-minute individual interview with two to four members of the admissions committee.

What questions are asked during an interview for veterinary school?

The admissions committee will ask behavioral and knowledge-based questions during your individual interview for veterinary school to assess your motivation, communication, teamwork skills, compassion, empathy, professionalism, integrity, ethics, maturity, experience with a veterinarian in your desired area of interest, and knowledge of the profession. You should also review your application so you are comfortable answering any questions that might be targeted toward something on your VMCAS application.

How should I dress for my veterinary school interview?

Your interview is an important part of the assessment process, and you should consider this a professional interview and prepare and dress accordingly.

How can I stand out during my interview for veterinary school?

It is important to be well prepared for your interview, so you are confident and relaxed. When preparing, study common interview questions and be sure you are up to date on current events and issues in the veterinary profession. Practice answering your questions alone and with others. Also, come prepared to ask your own questions to the admissions committee. And don’t forget to dress to impress.

How long should I plan to stay in Pullman for my interview?

You are encouraged to extend your stay in Pullman to participate in the many scheduled events designed to provide information about the DVM program. Some of these opportunities may include attending a class or facility tour, meeting with current students, and attending an evening mixer where you can meet other applicants, faculty, staff, and students.

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