Letters of Recommendation
- Identify those who know you personally, can speak to the quality of your work and work ethic, and can address your passion for animals.
- Reach out to your reference writers around February in order to ensure that they will have an ample amount of time to write you a quality letter.
- It would be very beneficial to try to get a written recommendation at the end of each job/internship that you have so that it can be as detailed and accurate as possible.
- All veterinarian schools require at least one letter of recommendation to be from a veterinarian, which is why it is so important to make sure you have the appropriate veterinary experience before you apply.
- When you approach someone to write a LOR, ask whether he/she can write a strong endorsement of your candidacy for veterinary school. If the person says no or hesitates in any way, look elsewhere for a LOR from someone (a professor, coach, supervisor, etc.) who knows you well.
- For those who agree to write a letter on your behalf, schedule a brief meeting to discuss your experiences and goals. Provide them with your resume and transcript.
- Once you've confirmed that your letters have been submitted, send thank you notes to the writers.