Name: Tyler Charbonneau | Hometown: Sanford, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University | Major: Biology
Veterinary Goal: Dermatologist
Special Skills: Left handed writer that does everything else as a righty
Fun Fact: I have many tattoos ranging in size from a few words to a family tree on my back and shoulder
Favorite Undergrad Course: Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Hardest Undergrad Course: Organic chemistry, seek tutoring help EARLY
Recommended Undergrad Courses: Comparative anatomy, biochemistry, animal science, animal nutrition.
Undergrad Extracurricular Activities: Crossfit, scuba diving, co-rec soccer league, immunology research, ICU nurse in a small animal hospital.
Letters of Rec Strategy: I showed an immense amount of motivation and thirst for learning every time I stepped foot into the animal hospital. I would ask as many questions as possible and ask for places I could read more about topics and diseases. I never formally asked for mentors, but the dermatologist and the surgeon I worked with really grew into huge role models and beacons of inspiration for myself. I feel that my mentors were a huge reason I was accepted into veterinary school.
Interview Prep Advice: I sought out mock interviews from my undergraduate university as well as my mentors. Before the mock interviews, I would search on the internet for common interview questions and type up answers to them. Most importantly, after you have typed up answers to common questions, you should practice answering them in a mirror.
Interview Advice?: Stay calm, take a few seconds to organize your answer before speaking, and then speak slowly and clearly.
Describe life in veterinary school: Very fast paced with an unfathomable amount of information. Stay on top of studying and attending class, don’t fall behind.
What You Wish You Had Known Before Starting Vet School: The study techniques I developed in undergrad were not sufficient enough for the amount of information we are presented in veterinary school.