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Preparing For Your Interview

Congratulations on making it to the next step in the admissions process! By now you should have received an electronic confirmation of your interview day and time – should you have any questions or need to change your appointment, please contact Robin Johnson at (909) 469-5674 or Michael Haverkamp at (909) 469-5571 and they will be happy to assist you.

Please carefully review the information below to get a sense of what to expect on the day, tips on how to prepare, directions and parking information as well as some additional resources. We look forward to getting to know you better at the interview!

At WesternU, we strive to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all candidates. If you require any reasonable accommodations during this interview, please let us know in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Your WesternU Support Team

About the Interview & Interviewers

To help ease the stress of the interview, we want to give you a brief overview of what to expect for the day and specifically share with you the structure and composition of the interview team. Please note, as to not disrupt class for our current students, the student panel will be held at 5:30pm during the week of your scheduled interview day.

  • The Interview

    The interview consists of two 15-minute stations where you will be asked two behavioral-based questions. There is no right or wrong answer when responding to these types of questions. The interview does not permit the candidate to share why he or she wishes to become a veterinarian. This was provided in the candidate’s VMCAS essay. Instead, the interview is intended to determine whether or not the candidate is a good fit for our rigorous, problem-based learning curriculum. To learn more about what the program seeks in an ideal DVM student please visit the Competitive Candidate profile.

  • The Interview Team

    You can expect to be interviewed by two teams of two, comprised of faculty, alumni and/or clinicians. The interview will serve as an opportunity for you to demonstrate qualities that could not be fully assessed by your application alone. The intent of the interviewers will be to determine your compatibility with our program. To learn more about our faculty please visit the college’s faculty and staff page.

    Interviewee Check-in Admissions Staff
    Welcome/Overview of what to expect Faculty/Alumni/Clinician
    Interview 1 Faculty/Alumni/Clinician
    Interview 2 Faculty/Alumni/Clinician
  • Preparing For Your Interview Day

    Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your time with us:

  • Financial Aid On-demand Webinar

    The Office of Financial Aid has designed an online presentation specifically for WesternU interviewees. This presentation is a good first-step in addressing your financial aid questions at WesternU.

    If you have any questions please contact us at:

  • Identity Verification Policy

    Proper identification of individuals allows WesternU to provide a safe and secure campus environment. In addition, the United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315, requires that University confirm that a person enrolling in the University is the person who is completing the enrollment form, and that the student taking an examination is the student who participates in, completes, and receives credit for the course.

    It is the policy of Western University of Health Sciences that applicants to the University are required to provide a government issued ID when checking in for an Admissions interview. Applicants who are unable to provide an acceptable form of identification may reschedule their interview if space is available. For more information on acceptable forms of identification and the University’s Identity Verification policy, please visit: /registrar/policies/.