Meg chose to go to Ross, which is a Caribbean vet school. She received the acceptance letter before the VMCAS cycle was even open. So like a few other Caribbean vet school students that I have interviewed in the past, she was able to start much earlier than a US school. Which in turn will let her graduate earlier and start earning money as a veterinarian.
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Name, veterinary school, and year that you started.
Meg Sorhus, RUSVM, 2017 (Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine- Caribbean vet school)
Who are the animals that you currently share your life with?
Abby – 12 year old Spaniel; Leia – 1 year old cat
Did you bring any animals down to St. Kitts, your Caribbean vet school?
Yes, our dog
Have you adopted any animals while living on the island of St. Kitts?
Fostering a cat
Where did you attend undergrad and what was your major?
Truman State University in Missouri. Biology/Pre-vet
At what age did you first apply to vet school?
36 years old
How many schools/application cycles did you apply to before being accepted?
One. RUSVM was the only school that I applied to.
What was your reason for moving to another country to attend a Caribbean vet school?
I could get in 8 months sooner and finish up another 8 months earlier. Then I can choose my clinical affiliate school to attend. They also have an amazing prep school for my kids on campus, which was a contributing factor to my wanting to attend a Caribbean vet school.
Do you remember any specifically challenging interview questions?
The interviewer was very interested in how I would balance an accelerated program, living in a foreign country, and raise my kids.
What was your GPA (in undergraduate)?
What was your GRE score?
don’t remember – but low in math and high in English
Did you apply to Ross during or after your Bachelors education?
Did you attend grad school before getting into RUSVM?
How many extracurricular activities did you list on your application?
Quite a few
Did you work as a vet tech?
Yes, I was able to list a lot of large and small animal experience on my applicaiton. I am not a licensed tech, but I did tech work for about a year.
What types of paying jobs did you have before going to your Caribbean vet school- RUSVM?
Many many animal related jobs: farrier, equestrian instructor at a university, multi-species farm owner/operator…..
Did you volunteer? If so, where?
Yes, but mostly at the local schools or public education on my farm.
How many people read your personal statement before submitting it?
A few friends, professors, and the career center.
When did you decide to become a vet?
I realized that I loved medicine as much as animals before I had kids. I wanted to have kids first and do vet school when they were in school.
Did you interview any vets before starting the application process for Ross? If so how did you approach them?
I spoke with the vets I worked with as well as a professor at my school who was a vet.
Were you a member of any clubs at your undergraduate school? If so, which ones?
Pre-vet club; Art guild
Have you joined any student clubs in your DVM program? If so, which ones? Are they helpful?
Surgery Club; Feral Cat project; SCUBA club.
They are all very helpful and provide me with a lot of hands on experience.
Who gave you your letters of recommendation? Did you know them well?
The vets I worked with and a professor I was close to.
Did you find the Caribbean vet school application process stressful? Why or why not?
Yes, but I don’t think it was abnormally stressful. I applied directly though RUSVM since It was the only school that was open at the time.
I was accepted before my other choices even opened their applications.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about attending Ross?
Yes. I love how many options I have in their field of work, dealing with animals all day, and working with people that love animals is the best!
The curriculum is demanding – plan to put your head down and study.
Realize you will get homesick, but that and making positive friends here on the island will help. Take time out to enjoy the
island and don’t expect it to be like the USA – embrace that!
What do you like most about your Caribbean vet school?
The hands on experience available, plus our professors are amazing!
Is there anything about St. Kitts that you absolutely love?
The constant sunshine, gorgeous beaches, beautiful hikes, and opportunity to learn SCUBA!
Do you find it difficult living and studying on a tropical island?
No, I find that since there is limited places to go and no friends/relatives close. Which gives me ample study time.
Any study tips?
I love having plenty of study time.
Take time off at least once a week or you will burn out. Use the TA system provided by RUSVM. When you study; sit down and actually DO it. If you have not tried rewriting your lectures give it a try it really works for most people.
What has been your favorite class at Ross University and why?
Surgery- challenging but very interesting. Amazing professors!
What is the most challenging class, in your DVM program, so far?
Small Animal Surgery
As a student, did you have to take out loans for your education? If so, are you concerned about the amount of debt that you have accrued?
Yes and yes. I realize it will take a long time to pay off my loans, but I did not go into this blindly.
As a student, have you gotten to research or work on any interesting cases?
Yes, at Ross University, there is a lot of opportunity for research.
Do you have a specialty or are you working towards one?
I am strongly considering going for a residency in small animal surgery or ophthalmology.
Do you have any last words of wisdom?
You can be miserable at a Caribbean vet school (or any vet school for that matter) or you can be happy. Either way its going to be hard work and perseverance. Choose happy and you will realize you can love life even while it is hard.
How can people find you? (Social media or email)
Facebook: Meg Sorhus