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What to Major in During Undergrad- How to Get Into Vet School Part 1

When I was applying to undergraduate colleges several years ago, I was under the impression that there was really only one way to get into vet school, and that was to become an Animal Science major. I loved this major, I learned a lot, and I took some classes that did a good job to prepare me for vet school. However, I’m here to tell you that you do not need to be an Animal Science major to get into vet school. Why do I say that? Well…

When you apply to vet school in the USA, you’ll have to take pre-requisites (General Biology, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Humanities, Physics, etc.). These pre-reqs, while focused on the sciences, can be completed by any major. That’s right. I have several classmates who majored in Spanish, Electrical Engineering, Psychology, Botany, and several other majors that are “nontraditional.” Most (if not all) vet schools DO NOT CARE what major you decide to do, as long as you complete all of that particular school’s pre-reqs. 

So the big question: What DO you major in during undergrad? My advice is to do this: Major in something that excites you, something that you think you can excel at, and something that you would be comfortable with as a back-up career. This is a sad statistic, but out of my 400 animal science classmates, only 30 or so matriculated into vet school. I’m not saying this to scare you, I’m saying this because vet school is hard to get into, and it’s a really good idea to major in something you could really see as a career. For some people it really will be Animal Science. For others, it will be Biology. For some it will be Sociology or Chemistry or whatever. Bottom line: Do not pass-by a major that you think will be a good fit just because you think Animal Science (or similar) will “look better” on your application.

Disclaimer: As much as I love writing up these posts, please keep in mind these are only my opinions. There are many roads that can lead into vet school, and just because I offer an opinion does not make it correct, especially if your situation is different than mine was. Please don’t panic if you aren’t doing exactly what I say on here, everyone has different experiences and that is what makes them and you unique. I’m simply hoping this mini-series will be a guideline to help you begin your journey along the road to vet school.

Attention all vetblrs: I’m really excited to start this mini-series on getting into vet school, and I would love some collaboration! I encourage all vets and vet students to reblog this post and add in their own advice! Those in countries other than the U.S. who have a different system/application are also more than welcome to chime in! 


Lords of the Telecaster – Clarence White

If you are a bluegrass fan, or a Grateful Dead fan and appreciate country rock with a Telecaster, you should get to know Clarence White.

Starting off as a bluegrass guitarist in the 60’s, White helped popularize the guitar as a feature instrument in bluegrass. It’s hard to believe that not too long ago, the guitar was strictly a rhythm instrument, with almost no lead or solo elements. Clarence White helped to change that in the acoustic realm and also brought his style of country picking to rock and roll, helping to create the country rock genre that The Byrds, Gram Parsons, The Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles helped popularize.

Clarence White, who could play, write and sing was frequently sought out for session work as well. As a member of The Byrds v3.0 (I think), Clarence White and Gene Parsons stripped out a 1954 Telecaster and invented an internal device that bent the B-string a whole step without using either hand. Pushing down on the neck caused the “B-Bender” to bend that string via a mechanical connection to the front strap knob. This allowed for that pedal-steel sound that Spanish-electric guitarists always tried to emulate. When it was first introduced, other guitarists were befuddled by the sound Clarence White could get from his Tele. Little did they know that he had the first “B-Bender” to help him.

The “B-Bender” by White and Parsons, became a big hit and is now able to be ordered straight from Fender on selected Telecaster models. Country electric guitar surely appreciates this clever invention.

Clarence White’s guitar playing was both significant and highly influential helping to define the electric country rock sound that continues to this day. Check out the album Nashville West released in 1978 from earlier recordings.

Sadly, Clarence White was killed by a drunk driver in 1973 at the age of 29. His music lives on to this day and so does the original B-Bender Telecaster, now owned by the great Marty Stuart. In fact, when Stuart acquired the guitar, he removed the back panel covering the B-Bender. He noticed an odd slip of paper which he had chemically tested. Sure enough, hidden in the B-Bender was a hit of Acid. Well played, Clarence White. Well played.

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Let me start by apologizing for the semi-consistent addition of tomato still life pics to an otherwise guitar-focused blog!  I can’t help it…I just love photographing tomatoes!  Well…any fruit actually.  Not so much vegetables, although every now and then a particularly good-looking red bell pepper catches my eye…  :D

OK, now that that is out of the way, here is a 1966 Gibson ES-330.  Note the “short” neck on it.  Unlike the ES-335, whose neck is stretched out so the cutaway meets the body at roughly the 19th/20th fret, the 330’s cutaway meets the body at the 17th fret.  The drawback of the “short neck” is that it’s really tough to play anything above the 15th fret!  All the early 330s were like this, although I believe Gibson introduced a 330 with the same join as the 335 in the late 60s…but don’t quote me on that - I have a tendency to make sh*t up based on things I have read but cannot remember clearly!  ;)

My most cherished guitar!  1966 ES-330.  I never thought I would see the day where 1) I LIKED a hollow body/archtop/thinline guitar (see previous posts for more detail on that!) or 2) own a hollow body/archtop/thinline guitar, and 3) LOVE a hollow body/archtop/thinline guitar.

this guitar weighs 6 pounds even.   It is HEAVEN to hang around your neck!  And surprisingly it sounds loud and warm when unplugged…not quite as big as an acoustic guitar…but close!

 And the best part is that the 330 is not an incredibly sought-after guitar…so the prices on vintage ones are around 50% LESS than the price on a similar vintage ES-335!  I like P-90’s better than humbuckers, and full hollow bodies better than semi-hollow bodies anyway!

2009 ES-339.

The knobs are replacements…I like the way the colour of these went with the guitar.  Much better than the stock ones.

However, as you can see, they don’t have the same depth the originals have…so they kind of hover over the top of the guitar rather than sitting down close to it.  

Anyone know if the pots can be adjusted to sit lower in the body…thereby lowering the knob to a respectable level?  Like, if I turn that bolt a few times counterclockwise will the pot shaft recede more into the body?  Or will it just loosen the whole thing but not bring it down any?  So many questions!  ;)