Name: Alexandra Villa | Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergrad: UF | Major: Animal Science
Veterinary Goal: Small animal general practitioner.
Special Skills: Cooking, working out, dancing.
Fun Fact: I love dairy cows! Was going to be a dairy vet up until 2nd year.
Favorite Undergrad Course: Organic Chemistry
Hardest Undergrad Course: Physics 1 and 2- don’t get discouraged, do what you need to do to pass and move forward!
Best Vet School Prep: Block and Bridle and Dairy Science Club both gave me experiences that put me outside of my comfort zone. I grew so much in many aspects with these clubs by participating in conferences, competitions, and serving in officer positions.
Undergrad Extracurricular Activities: VP, Treasurer in Block and Bridle, Treasurer in Dairy Science Club, American Dairy Science Association Regional first place winner for my meta-analysis presentation on how heat stress affects reproduction in dairy cows, Dairy Challenge Regional first place winner, vet tech and volunteer vet assistant.
Interview Prep Advice: Before my first interview, I practiced with my husband, my dad, and my sister. I had them ask me whatever common questions they could find. Also, I practiced in the shower and in front of the mirror.
Interview Advice: Just be yourself! Don’t try to think about what you think the panel would like to hear. Be true to yourself and think about honest answers that show your personality.
Describe Life in Veterinary School: Balance. It’s the most important thing about life in vet school. Work hard but also enjoy yourself, exercise and practice mental health.
What You Wish You Had Known Before Starting Vet School: It goes by very very fast!! Even in hard times, you’re having fun (trust me you’ll realize it later).