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Behind-the-scenes advice for your journey to become a vet

What to look for in a pre-veterinary internship abroad

May 11, 2024

Choosing the right pre-veterinary internship to get hands-on experience in veterinary medicine can be difficult. Here’s what you should look for in your internship.

How do internships help prepare you for vet school?

May 2, 2024

Completing animal internships in veterinary medicine, zoo sciences, animal care, or other related fields can dramatically increase your chances of getting into a great veterinary school. However, finding a quality pre-vet internship for undergraduates that is worth both your time and money can be challenging.

How to find the best animal volunteer programs

June 1, 2023

With so many animal volunteer programs available, how can you find the best one for you?

What to wear when shadowing a veterinarian

May 15, 2023

Shadowing a practicing veterinarian can be an excellent way to gain experience, but it's important to consider what to wear when shadowing a vet to ensure that you present a professional and respectful appearance.

How To Find a Zoo Internship

May 1, 2023

One of the best ways for pre-veterinary students to find zoo internships is by reaching out to local zoos and wildlife sanctuaries!

Approaching faculty-led groups from a DEI mindset

February 1, 2023

It is important for faculty-led groups to be created with a diversity and inclusion mindset to ensure that all students, regardless of background or identity, feel welcome and included.

Volunteer with Big Cats: What you need to know

December 1, 2022

Are you looking to get some volunteer experience this summer? Start planning now!

How to Volunteer at a Zoo

November 1, 2022

Zoos are a great place to gain valuable experience in wildlife medicine and conservation! Start looking at zoos near you that could benefit from your time and skills.

Finding a Veterinary Intern Position

October 1, 2022

If you are looking for a veterinary internship for next summer, it is never too soon to start!

What is new on the VMCAS essay this year?

September 2, 2022

You might be wondering what’s new on the VMCAS personal statement this year! As of July, 2022, the essay question on the VMCAS requires one single page submission and this round of applications is due on September 15th, 2022!

What is Loop Abroad?

May 27, 2022

It's one of the most common questions we hear: "What is Loop Abroad?" While we're not a college, we pride ourselves on offering immersive trips, including study abroad adventures, and virtual programs. Learn more about what we do and how we work with students!

Our most popular courses… online!

February 9, 2022

You’ve already scrolled Netflix for new releases and liked 125 Instagram posts. How about putting some of that screen-time towards earning 3+ college credits from home?

Holiday Guide: Gifts for Vet Students

November 18, 2021

Find the perfect animal-related holiday gift for a vet student or pre-vet student! Here are our top picks.

How to Get Research Hours for Vet School

September 30, 2021

It’s no secret that getting into veterinary school is highly competitive. Stand out by getting pre-vet research hours.

I Don’t Have a Vet Recommender for my VCMAS and I’m Freaking Out

May 14, 2021

Don't freak out but it is important to have a veterinarian as one of your recommenders on your VMCAS or your vet school admissions application.

Studying Large Animal Veterinary Medicine

March 24, 2020

What is large animal veterinary medicine? There are many ‘large animals’ that come to mind, but in veterinary medicine, this term refers to livestock: horses, cows, goats, sheep, and pigs.

Semester Abroad in South Africa

March 17, 2020

It’s not every day that someone has a chance to study in South Africa, but even more rare is the chance to spend a semester abroad in South Africa while taking courses specifically chosen for students interested in veterinary medicine and conservation work.

The GRE and Vet School

March 10, 2020

Regardless, your GRE score is taken into consideration as part of the admissions process, and, therefore, achieving high GRE scores for vet school applications can be a valuable asset for your candidacy.

How much does vet school cost?

March 3, 2020

Education costs in the United States are constantly rising, and veterinary school tuition is no different. With the average debt accrued throughout vet school being three times higher than the annual new-grad salary, it’s no wonder that so many students take cost into consideration when choosing which schools to apply to. 

How Do I Write a Good VMCAS Essay?

February 25, 2020

Tackling the VMCAS application is something almost every potential veterinary student dreads. For many, the worst part about the whole application process is trying to write a good VMCAS essay. How do you make yourself stand out from other applicants and make yourself a top candidate?

How to Apply to Vet School (from Someone Who’s Done It)

February 11, 2020

You may have decided you want to be a veterinarian, but you still don’t know how to apply to vet school, how much time you need to commit to the application process, or what interviews will be like.

How do I get ready for my first trip abroad?

February 4, 2020

So, you have finally booked your first trip abroad, but how do you prepare for it? What should you pack? What should you expect? Here are some top tips to get you started.

What is One Health?

January 29, 2020

Few people actually know what “One Health” means or why schools are starting to make it such a core piece of their curricula. So, what is One Health and, maybe more importantly, why do we need it?

Making My Vet Dream a Reality

January 22, 2020

My dream of becoming a veterinarian began similar to many others, as I was just a little girl who loved animals. This dream grew into a goal as I grew older.

Strengthen Your Vet School App with Study Abroad

January 18, 2020

In a field of essays rambling on about canines and bovines, nothing says unique like the first person encounter from a student that was able to study right alongside veterinarians— the people they aspire to be— with exotic animals in exotic locations.

How I Improved my GRE Score for Vet School

January 15, 2020

You are looking to improve your GRE score for vet school, but how? Standardized testing is never easy to prepare for, especially when you know a lot of schools take your GRE scores into consideration for admission.

Comparing Vet Schools: Which One is Right for Me?

January 12, 2020

This school, that school, vet school, no school? There are so many choices when deciding which vet school to study at; how do I choose? First things first, I need to know my options!

Loop Alum Shares High School Study Abroad Experience

January 10, 2020

The first time I ever held a scalpel was in Thailand. I was seventeen, and all I knew was that I wanted to be a veterinarian.

Discovering My Career Path through Study Abroad

January 3, 2020

I knew pursuing a veterinary study abroad program was the perfect opportunity for me because it would help me determine whether I actually wanted to take the necessary steps in becoming a veterinarian or find another job that incorporated conserving wildlife.

Benefits of Study Abroad for Pre-Veterinary Majors

December 27, 2019

Having veterinarians on the trip with you, learning alongside you, is a fantastic way to get more vet hours towards the application. Not only are you gaining experience hours on a trip like this, but you are also gaining quality hours with species that are much more diverse than the average student might experience.

Beyond the Classroom: My Study Abroad Experience

December 20, 2019

There are certain experiences so transformative and educational that they are never to be forgotten; my Thailand veterinary study abroad experience with Loop Abroad was one of them.

I Didn’t Get Into Vet School. Now What?

December 16, 2019

If you didn’t get into vet school, you’re not alone. Vet school is EXTREMELY competitive and many students don’t get in, especially on their first try. We know it’s a frustrating and difficult time. Here are some tips on what to do next.

Loop Abroad: The Veterinary Adventure of a Lifetime

December 6, 2019

I mean, how many could say they’ve worked with endangered species, received lectures from board-certified veterinarians and worked as an anesthesiologist before ever setting foot on a veterinary campus?

Learning What it Means to be a Veterinarian

November 29, 2019

It was an afternoon like any other when a Loop Abroad post popped up on my screen describing the Veterinary Semester Abroad. A few months later, here I am, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, writing to you about that semester program, with a novel of new memories and many impressive pages added to my resume.

Loop Abroad Alum Travels to the Amazon Rainforest

November 22, 2019

This veterinary study abroad gave me the opportunity to work with people from different cultures to achieve a common goal: improve the lives of wild and domestic animals.

Ecuador Travel Blog

October 12, 2019

Reading about our programs provides an overview of what you can expect during your time abroad, but there's nothing quite like hearing a daily recap from the perspective of another student! Check out this blog post from one of our Loop alumni!

Choosing the Semester for You!

August 29, 2018

Are you struggling to choose which of our semester abroad programs are right for you? Here are some ideas to consider to help you decide on your next adventure!

How Do I Master the VMCAS Personal Essay?

June 7, 2018

Composing your Personal Essay for the VMCAS can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! Check out this guide to writing a compelling Personal Essay that will strengthen your application.

What Should I Look for in Vet Volunteer Programs?

January 10, 2018

Vet volunteer programs can vary a LOT! Here are some ideas on what to consider and what questions to ask so that you can find the perfect vet volunteer program for you.