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!
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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Family of Love
I have to keep reminding mself that LONG before I acquired my ‘68 Telecaster this was a Gibson SG household!
Last photo, left to right:
1961 Les Paul Junior. Please note: don’t get annoyed that I called a guitar that’s OBVIOUSLY an SG a Les Paul! But it IS a Les Paul. When this new shape came out in 1961 it called “Les Paul”. Due of flagging sales of the original model, Gibson released a completely new design in '61…with only 1 snag: Les Paul (the man) HATED IT. And he did NOT want his name on it! The Les Paul name disappears from the headstock during 1963 and from then on it has been known as (and loved as!) the Gibson SG. What does “SG” mean? Glad you asked! "Solid Guitar". Seriously. I can’t make this stuff up! What about “ES”? "Electric Spanish". Don’t roll your eyes…it true!
Wait. Where were we? Oh yeah the guitars: 1966 ES-330