Name: Alexis Deriberprey | Hometown: Queens, New York
Undergrad: University of Florida | Major: Biology
Veterinary Goal: Small animal general practice with integrative medicine
Special Skills: Sculpting, tennis, drawing
Fun Fact: I was hired into a vet clinic at the age of 15.
Favorite Undergrad Course: "Plants, Gardening and You" & Biology
Hardest Undergrad Course: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Best Vet School Prep: Working while in undergrad.
Undergrad Extracurricular Activities: Volunteer at many diverse veterinary hospitals,employee at American Eagle, Pre-Vet Club, Minority Pre-Vet Club, tennis coach, undergrad research.
Letters of Rec Strategy: Identify possible/good mentors to ask. Work towards developing a relationship with them so they can give you an honest LOR. Ask very early in advance. I asked the vet I worked for, my research vet, receptionist who worked with me, and my boss from American eagle. I felt like having veterinarians write a LOR was just as important has having LOR’s from “supporting staff” and non-veterinarian roles.
Interview Prep Advice: Mock interviews with anyone who will listen. I also prepared my answers to common questions and controversial topics in the mirror to better understand my body language and facial expressions while answering questions.
Interview Advice: Take a deep breath.
Describe Life in Veterinary School: Chaos and amazing at the same time. It’s amazing how much you learn in such a short amount of time and so rapidly.
What You Wish You Had Known Before Starting Vet School: How to meal prep.