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Interested in Becoming a Veterinarian?

If you are interested in becoming a veterinarian here are some helpful tips from Dr. Katie Graves to help you along the way.

Volunteering: I know life is busy; however, volunteering at veterinary clinics is a great way to get a good look at our profession and see if it suits you. I suggest volunteering at small and large animal clinics so you can get a full range of the practicing side of our profession. I would also suggest volunteering and/or working in an animal shelter and on farms (or anything animal related). This makes you a more rounded applicant and can assist you in deciding your career path.

Schooling: starting in high school, take all of your science classes- biology, chemistry and physics, as well as your highest level of English and Math. Even though you may not need all of these to get into veterinary school, career paths can change, so why not keep your doors open? I did not take physics in high school and then had to take in it college- not a happy camper- it took up my time and was much more expensive! Once you are in college or university check with your career counsellor they will have the class requirements for the selected Veterinary University you would like to attend. Most pre-requisite courses can be completed in two years of study and you need all of the pre-requisites to apply at a veterinary school. I suggest having a backup plan- pick the second line of study that interests you that you can continue if you do not get in after your first attempt. This way you are still working towards something that will make you happy. Each province has certain veterinary schools that the residents can apply to. For example, Alberta residents can only apply to the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine Program. Thus, if you have your heart set on going to a specific veterinary school, check and see what the requirements are- because they are not just class pre-requisites!

Interview: Half the battle is acquiring the pre-requisite classes and having high enough grades, the other half of the battle is the interview. When I interviewed at the University of Calgary, there were 8 mini interview’s that lasted 8 minutes. Multiple different types of questions were asked, as well, there was a written essay. I suggest practicing interview type questions with professors, family and friends- this way you can become more comfortable answering the questions and still let your personality shine through. I believe they also offer courses on this as well. My biggest advice would be to answer the questions honestly and with your own personal flair.

I hope you have found this helpful – good luck with your future endeavours.

Written by: Dr. Katie Graves, Veterinarian

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Dear Clients,

Our region is seeing increased cases of Covid-19 and as a result, more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government. To ensure that we follow these new protocols, our veterinary hospital is returning to a Closed-Door Policy effective immediately.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. Masks are mandatory in hospital at all times. No exceptions. Please use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. Maximum of two people in the reception area at all times.
  5. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  6. Your order will be ready with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items.

5. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

6. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

8. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We will always be here, so your pet will continue to receive the care they deserve. With this new system, we will provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members. This protocol may take longer; however, it is something we have to do to keep our community safe. With that in mind, please be extra patient and kind to our team members. These circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-342-6040. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital