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Letters of Recommendation


  1. Identify those who know you personally, can speak to the quality of your work and work ethic, and can address your passion for animals. 
  2. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. Once you've confirmed that your letters have been submitted,  send thank you notes to the writers.

Contact Information


Leslie Bell

Director of Health Professions Advising
315-859-4338 lbell@hamilton.edu
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