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Veterinary Resumes


Resume Tips.

By Bree Montana, DVM, VIN Foundation Vets4Vets® Program Leader
You will “dress to impress” for your job interview; likewise, your cover letter and resume need to look professional. Tie your cover letter and resume together by using the same header (with your name and contact information) on each document. Use the same font for both; choose a font that is easy to read and not overly formal (avoid anything that appears overly stylized or quirky).


The toughest part of resume writing is the editing! Newly graduated DVMs and experienced DVMs are equally stumped by this one. Distilling years of job experiences and skills down to one page can be tricky! It can also be hard to feel good about a resume that doesn’t seem to have enough experience on it. It is, however, key to keeping your resume on target.
  • Limit your resume to one or two pages.
  • Keep descriptions brief and clear.
  • Avoid over-the-top statements such as “excelled at surgery, successfully accomplished x, y, and z.”
  • Avoid overuse of bullet points (for example, don’t list every activity you performed in a position, highlighting it with a bullet point; this can appear to be a padding technique).
  • Be honest.
  • Be clear.
  • You want your resume to clarify who you are, your strengths, and your interests.
  • List pre-veterinary jobs and activities, non-veterinary jobs, activities, and hobbies unless they are absolutely germane to the job you are seeking.
  • Only highlight information that targets the position you are seeking; if you have large animal experience but are applying for a small animal position, focus on your SA strengths and experiences.

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