St. Mary's College of Maryland
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Major at SMCM: Biochemistry/Biology (math minor)

Year of graduation from SMCM: 2012

Year of entrance to professional school: 2012

Professional school: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Professional Field: Veterinary Medicine

Luke Trout

How did St. Mary's prepare you for medical/professional school?

Perhaps this time next year I could offer a more accurate answer to this, however I can say that St. Mary's does offer all necessary pre-requisites for my two programs. The do not offer many of the animal science related courses required by some of the schools, so I would advise any pre-vet students to look at the pre-reqs for their intended program and plan early because they may require courses that will need to be taken outside of SMCM.

SMCM does have a great reputation with VMRCVM, as all students from SMCM have done very well in their curriculum.

Was there anything unique about the St. Mary's education that you feel made a difference in your career or your path toward your career?

The student-teacher relationships fostered in my 4 years here are very unique to SMCM.

What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the St. Mary's pre-health advisory program that you encountered while attending St. Mary's?

+Mock interview is by far the best asset to any pre-health student

+The committee letter is useful not only for applying to professional programs, but also internships and scholarships.

+The application process is hell, but having experienced advisers makes it easier

+Dr. Crawford's advice on shaping a comprehensive personal statement

If you could give one piece of advice to current St. Mary's pre-health students, what would it be?

Start early and plan ahead. If you want vet school, look into the vet programs to which you might apply, write down their required and "strongly recommended" courses...plan your SMCM schedule accordingly, taking note of when courses are offered. Remember, you want to make yourself the strongest possible candidate, so do everything you can now and have no regrets later.

Anything else you'd like to share?

Keep your grades up. Partake in research with a professor. Get experience in your field of interest.

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