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nicoleguzmanveizaga
14:50
Embroidery!
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
14:55
I built a headboard!
William Moorhead
15:02
Hair cutting
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
18:38
me
Elizabeth Scherbatskoy
18:40
I am!
Jessica Bridge
18:41
I am
Louis Goodman
18:41
yes
Megan Gulsby
18:41
I am !!
Kristina Kaleel
18:41
I am
William Moorhead
18:41
yeah!
nicoleguzmanveizaga
18:41
Yes
Barbara Perez
18:42
I am
Gabrielle Tedesco
18:43
I am
Michaela Romie
18:44
I am!
Mary Bliss (she/her)
18:44
yes
amandahadleysoyk
18:45
me
Ashley Macina
18:47
Yes!
Megan Gulsby
19:10
I have joined all of them
Kristina Kaleel
19:11
I have!
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
19:14
Only recordings
Melissa Melton
19:14
yes
Serenity B.
19:17
I have!
amandahadleysoyk
19:20
i watched some recordings
Michaela Romie
19:27
I’ve listened to the recordings
Amrita
19:33
Recordings!
Elizabeth Scherbatskoy
19:33
This is my first live, but a lot of recordings.
Jessica Bridge
19:39
I was only able to listen to the recordings up until now
Megan Gulsby
20:55
I have, it was so helpful
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
20:57
I drafted my email today after binging
Melissa Melton
20:58
I did :)
Kristina Kaleel
20:59
I have
William Moorhead
21:00
I have!
Michaela Romie
21:01
I did
Amrita
21:03
I have!
Ford Barnet
22:06
ford.barnet@tufts.edu
emily hagan
29:08
From Boxford here!
Ford Barnet
30:02
First ones to write in questions are the first people to get their questions answered so start thinking about what you'd like to hear about tonight
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
30:14
I think Tufts has a financial exit interview—how long is it and what is covered? Do you just sign a paper and leave or have a full conversation with someone?
Hannah Rice
31:06
How did most of you find housing options?
Shaeleigh Wuollet
31:15
What does Tufts do that stands out from other veterinary schools?
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
31:46
Does Tufts have published stats on what % students match with first-choice internships and residencies after graduating?
Megan Gulsby
31:48
What different experiences/opportunities does the lab animal masters provide you guys? What opportunities do you guys feel like you have when you graduate?
nicoleguzmanveizaga
31:59
How long did you work as a vet tech?
Megan Gulsby
32:40
Are there opportunities to work for the school hospital?
Michelle Jung
32:56
Can a laboratory PI be considered qualified to write me a letter of recommendation as an advisor/faculty member who taught me biology?
Ford Barnet
33:11
None of these students have done the exit interviews but you do meet one on one with the fin aid dept. They go over your employment goals, your debt level at that point and explain options to help you plan
Shaeleigh Wuollet
33:17
How do you get involved in work/study at Tufts?
Kristina Aykelinchayeva
33:20
Does Tufts offer any sort of scholarships for the DVM program
Rebecca Russo
33:50
Our financial aid office does a good job with the exit interviews. You'll get information about payment plan for options for loans and get all your questions answered about repayment. They will also work with you throughout vet school to review your finances and help you choose the best options for your situation.
catiafarrington
34:26
How are repeat courses calculated in your GPA
Amrita
34:32
Go gators!!
Michelle Jung
34:40
Also, if an international student graduated from an undergraduate in the states, does he/she still need to take TOEFL?
catiafarrington
35:17
What is the likely-hood of getting in with a 3.0 GPA out of state?
Serenity B.
35:20
This is a question for panelists who went to Tufts undergraduate. What major did you choose, and how did this help or inform your education at the Tufts vet school?
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
35:42
Did anyone on the panel commit to Tufts even with a cheaper in-state offer? What helped you decide?
Rebecca Russo
36:25
@Michelle--yes, if the lab PI taught you a course, that would be a good choice for an evaluator. Feel free to connect with our admissions office if you want to discuss.
Gabrielle Tedesco
36:32
I know the academic workload is intense; however, are most students able to manage a part time job if they choose to do so?
catiafarrington
36:45
Since Tufts does no longer accept the GRE, how are applications evalu
catiafarrington
36:51
evalauted
Erika Sherman
37:20
I noticed that there is an emphasis on K-12 STEM education. Is there an opportunity for students to become involved in these programs?
Elizabeth Scherbatskoy
38:13
Are there any One Health opportunities to become involved with as a student?
Kristina Kaleel
38:17
What opportunities/resources are there to do field work/research/veterinary experiences abroad while in veterinary school?
Rebecca Russo
40:20
@Catia--the admissions committee reviews applications holistically--important aspects of your background/application: undergrad performance, grad performance if applicable, veterinary/animal/research experience, essays, letters of evaluation, extracurricular activities, leadership potential, interview.
Megan Gulsby
41:07
Do any of you guys have horses or brought one with you? are there any good boarding places close to the school/how expensive they are?
catiafarrington
42:44
What is the likely-hood of getting in with a 3.0 GPA out of state?
catiafarrington
43:45
Does Tufts have a minimum GPA to get in?
Kristina Kaleel
44:39
For someone who has never really lived in snow, what advice do you have in terms of driving/commuting in it?
Rebecca Russo
45:23
Tufts doesn't have a minimum GPA, although undergrad performance is important. With a lower GPA, the committee will look at grade trends, courses taken, grades in science, any circumstances that affected performance.
Hunter Cress
45:57
How are breaks structured throughout school year? Like is there time off for holidays or opportunities to go home and see family?
Clarissa Class
46:04
for someone that has three years of experience in small animal medicine, should I be worried that I haven’t spent much time with another species other than cats and dogs?
Gabrielle Tedesco
46:07
I am from Woburn, MA which is also about 40 minutes away, I am considering commuting. Did you find yourself stuck at the school for long days and feeling exhausted on the drive home?
Rebecca Russo
48:14
@Michelle--TOEFL is not required if college was taught in English.
Shaeleigh Wuollet
48:36
How do you find strategies for relaxation? Did you find that they changed from undergrad to vet school?
Elizabeth Scherbatskoy
49:32
Could anyone speak to the work/life balance you have found at Tufts, please? Is it possible? Is it prioritized?
Kristina Aykelinchayeva
50:24
are there any scholarships offered for the DVM program?
Amrita
51:03
Can you choose to get a dual degree after your first semester of vet school? (When is the latest?)
Hannah Rice
51:12
Are there many Army vets at Tufts?
catiafarrington
51:18
If you have a research paper how should you incorporate this on your application
Clarissa Class
51:22
when does the “hands on experience” begin at tufts for vet students?
Rebecca Russo
51:32
@Kristina--the majority of financial aid opportunities include both grants and loans based on financial need. There are a few scholarships based on merit, but these are rare.
Kristina Aykelinchayeva
52:17
other than FAFSA, does TUFTS offer their own financial aid?
Ashley Macina
52:21
Yoonjin mentioned a “field” aspect of lab animal medicine? What does that entail vs. bench top work?
Erika Sherman
52:21
What percentage of the student body would you say are pursuing veterinary medicine as a second career (career change)?
Rebecca Russo
52:27
@Catia--include your research paper in the research experience portion of the application.
Zack Spodek
52:50
How has your experience been learning remotely during the ongoing pandemic?
catiafarrington
52:53
If your classes are more than 10 years old do you need to retake classes
Rebecca Russo
53:27
@Kristina--yes, absolutely. There are Tufts grants and loans based on financial need.
Kristina Aykelinchayeva
54:05
after 6months-1 year, can I apply for in state tuition?
nicoleguzmanveizaga
54:07
Can someone discuss the IVM program, what it is, and how it is incorporated into your time at at Tufts CVM?
Rebecca Russo
54:08
@Catia--there is no timeframe requirement for prerequisite courses
Rebecca Russo
55:14
@Kristina--Tufts does not allow students to change to in-state residency after enrolling. Keep in mnd that MA residents pay nearly as much as out-of-state because we are a private school.
Aaron Wach
56:50
for all the vet students, how many cycles did you apply and what did you do differently the subsequent cycles to get into vet school?
Rebecca Russo
58:23
@Hunter--Tufts has a traditional semester break during the holidays in Dec/Jan, although it's not a month long, like in undergrad. Traditional Thanksgiving break and a week for spring break. Plus the typical holidays like Labor Day, Veterans Day, etc. You can find the academic calendar on our website.
Clarissa Class
59:45
does tufts offer a lot of opportunities to practice hands on with surgeries, dentals (with extractions) , emergency situations before the student graduates ? I guess my question is do students get enough practice as a vet with these situations before they go out into the real world
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
01:00:09
Is the rabies vaccine covered by normal health insurance, Tufts student health insurance, or do students usually pay out of pocket?
Elizabeth Scherbatskoy
01:00:52
As students, do you feel that you have the necessary resources to help you navigate the financial side of veterinary school?
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:01:40
I also was "out of state", as my in-state option would have been Oregon. OSU wasn't an option since I didn't have microbiology as a prereq, Corvallis has some of the worst allergies in the country, and they didn't have any mention of lab animal focused things. I also am from MA so Tufts was the obvious option.
Zack Spodek
01:03:14
For those of you interested in pursuing internship and residency programs following graduation, what resources have you utilized at Tufts to establish yourself as a competitive applicant?
kailey tobin
01:03:21
What clubs at Tufts did you find most helpful in bolstering your hands-on skills?
Erika Sherman
01:03:50
What types of opportunities are available for students at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic?
Aaron Wach
01:05:09
does tufts have a focus in sports med/rehab for working dogs?
Shaeleigh Wuollet
01:05:37
What is class structure like? What does a typical semester schedule look like?
emily hagan
01:10:52
Were you going to LCRP?
Sam Amey-Gonzalez
01:10:58
Is there a limit to the # of externs you can do abroad?
catiafarrington
01:11:06
How are the students graded in the vet program
Rebecca Russo
01:12:34
@Sam--you can do abroad experiences during the summers and then during clinical year during elective time.
Ford Barnet
01:13:21
not a focus on military working dogs at Tufts, but check out the work of Sean Majoy. A former military vet that now does a lot w/ MWD and is a vet in our ECC
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:14:48
@aaron, yep, that is exactly my story as well, in neuro too actually. I wrote about it in my admissions essay (don't remember if it was a supplement or the general one), and emphasized during my interview that I was coming for the MS lab animal med dual degree. I only realized a year before applying that I wanted to do vet med vs research w/ PhD, so I had 3000 or 4000 hours of time with mice and lab animals but none in the other 3 areas (small animal med vs large animal med vs wild life). So I frantically volunteered my butt off as a vet tech at a low income clinic and volunteered at a raptor center to be more well rounded, but definitely used those experiences to emphasize that I know that lab animal med is what I want to do in my life.
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:15:23
Hopefully that answered your question
Ashley S & Alena N (She/Her/Hers)
01:22:49
Hi this is Alena- I have to pop out, thanks for letting me talk with y’all, and feel free to reach out with more questions Alena.naimark@tufts.edu
Hunter Cress
01:25:14
Hi this is Hunter! Sadly I have to leave early for practice, but thank you so much for all of your advice. It was so helpful hearing multiple perspectives on everyone's experience at Tufts veterinary school. Wishing those in vet school the best of luck finishing up your degree, and thank you again.
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:26:41
I know some people have boarded horses nearby - there's actually a place less than 4 min from campus I think
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:26:53
Not sure about prices though, sorry
Ashley Sanchez (She/Her/Hers)
01:27:04
I don’t know where to board a horse but plenty of our classmates do so there are barns!
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:27:11
^
Ford Barnet
01:29:42
Our finish line is going to be 9:00 so thanks for hanging in with us and I'll keep working to get your questions answered.
Ford Barnet
01:30:43
You guys are killing me. ...but yes lectures are recorded
amandahadleysoyk
01:30:58
Just to clarify, are ALL lectures recorded?
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:31:18
Some professors don't allow it, but that may have changed since COVID
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:31:30
but those professors are like maybe 1 or 2 per semester
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:31:38
for like 1 or 2 lectures - not for all of them
Yoonjin Moon
01:34:17
all lectures are recorded now that we live in a covid society, and 98% (guesstimated percentage) of lectures were recorded pre-covid
Yoonjin Moon
01:35:08
grading is on the traditional A-F scale, currently due to covid we have a pass/fail option for the semester
Rebecca Russo
01:37:44
4th year (clinical year) is graded on honors/pass/fail system
Erika Sherman
01:39:18
Admissions question: how strict are the criteria for letters of recommendation?
Ford Barnet
01:39:26
some classes in years 1-3 are letter grades and other are p/f. And most classes have multiple exams so that one low grade doesn't tank your grade
kailey tobin
01:40:07
Thank you!
Rebecca Russo
01:40:30
@Erika--If you want to make a substitution for a letter, contact admissions to discuss and get approval.
catiafarrington
01:43:07
Not to your program but to more than one school
Aaron Wach
01:45:30
last question. how does tufts housing handle pet ownership?
Yoonjin Moon
01:46:11
Cummings does not have on campus housing but there are many housing opportunities in the area that are pet friendly!
Zack Spodek
01:46:35
Thank you!
Aaron Wach
01:47:13
thank you panelists for all the help. hope you stay safe and healthy and best of luck rest of your time in vet school!
Ford Barnet
01:47:14
there is no Tufts housing so it is more about apts and landlords. plenty allow pets. it also is about scheduling and living close to campus to go home to take care of a pet
catiafarrington
01:48:39
Can you provide us with contact information for specific situation? My situations is unique in that I have 14 years of vet tech experience. I graduated in 2009 with B.S in animal science. Since school I have continued to work In the field. Also, have diverse background, clinic, large animal, research, specialty emergency practices. But I had bad grades when I was younger, at community college, and retook those classes in my B.S degree but feel like my previous grades are what colleges look at
Zack Spodek
01:49:16
Thank you panelists for your advice! And thank you Ford for putting this outstanding Panel Series together! This has been a tremendous help during the application process and has improved my understanding of life at vet school! Good luck to everyone!
catiafarrington
01:49:23
also have a research paper
Rebecca Russo
01:50:39
for an admissions consult: vetadmissions@tufts.edu or ford.barnet@tufts.edu
Rebecca Russo
01:51:56
Does anyone have a question they want answered before we sign off this evening?
kailey tobin
01:52:00
Thank you very much, I have really enjoyed the panel series!!
Jessica Bridge
01:52:10
Thank you so much for organizing this and for all your help in this process!
Mary Bliss (she/her)
01:52:12
Thank you so much for the panel!
Hannah Rice
01:52:27
Thank you for answering all of our questions!
Rebecca Russo
01:52:34
Thank you for attending!
Victoria Perez
01:52:36
Thank you everyone!
Gabrielle Tedesco
01:52:38
Thank you so much! This was extremely helpful :)
Sean Vassar
01:52:40
thank you!
Alex Stigall
01:52:44
Thank you so much for the panel!
Yoonjin Moon
01:52:49
please feel free to email me with any other questions if you have something specific! yoonjin.moon@tufts.edu
JUSTIN ARLEO
01:52:55
thank you so much!
Shaeleigh Wuollet
01:53:00
I know the deadline is soon, how long do you will think before decisions about Tufts are reached?
Kristina Kaleel
01:53:01
Thank you very much! This panel series over the summer has been very helpful and informative!
catiafarrington
01:53:08
Thanks this was very much to all of you for answering so many questions
Marissa J Baird
01:53:10
Thanks! Don't forget to have fun.
Ashley Sanchez (She/Her/Hers)
01:53:11
Same, feel free to send me questions if you have them: ashley.sanchez@tufts.edu
Giang Hoang
01:53:11
Thank you so much! It was super helpful
Rachael Alionhart (she/her)
01:53:15
same, let me know if you have any questions - rachael.alionhart@tufts.edu
Elizabeth Scherbatskoy
01:53:20
Thank you so much to everyone for your insight tonight and throughout the series! This was incredibly helpful. Best of luck to all and be well!
emily hagan
01:53:26
Thank you all so much!
Rebecca Russo
01:53:31
@Shaeleigh--interview decisions will be made by mid January
Clarissa Class
01:53:44
thank you so much for this! this was super helpful
Barbara Perez
01:53:51
Thank you so much everyone for all the helpful information! I hope to be in contact soon. Have a wonderful night
Ford Barnet
01:53:54
And they stayed 95 minutes!
nicoleguzmanveizaga
01:54:04
Thank you!
Nicole Moody
01:54:13
Thank you!!
Amrita
01:54:17
Thank you all!!!!
Grace (she/her/hers)
01:54:49
Thank you!!
Erika Sherman
01:54:51
Thank you!
Marissa J Baird
01:55:05
Oh gosh haha
Shaeleigh Wuollet
01:55:06
Thank you! I look forward to hearing more