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Writing a CV

A  CV is a comprehensive record of your professional history including your academic credientials, clinical, research and teaching experiences and accomplishments and all scholarly actitives. 
it is used by veterinary students when they are applying for externships, internships or residencies or for positions in academia.  Research fellowships or scholarship applications also frequently require CVs.
Unlike a resume, there is no page limit for CVs

SECTIONS OF A CV
Contact Information
Name
Address
Telephone Number and
Email Address

Objective(optional)
It is not essential that you include an objective statement but if you do, it needs to be concise and specific
The objective should contain short-term (immediate) and long term (ultimate) career goals

Education
In reverse chronological order, the name and location of the university or college you were enrolled in
The degree earned and the actual, anticipated date of graduation
Major, minor, concentration
Relevant honors (eg. Magna cum Laude, Summa cum Laude). Do not list Dean's list or other awards here
If you completed a thesis or dissertation as part of your Masters or PhD, include your thesis/dissertation title here
Don't include GPA information here

Experience
In reverse chronological order, present your experiences relevant to the position you are applying for.  Include:
Name of practice/organization
Your working title there
Location of practice (including city, state and countryif not in the US)
Dates of employment
Responsibilities in the position- In describing your responsibilities phrase your responsibilities to convey transferable skills, accomplishments and effectiveness
Note: Depending upon the position you are applying for you may have more than one expeirence sections. Veterinary resumes typically have any combination of the following Experience sections
-Animal and Veterinary Experience (general)
-Equine Related Experince
-Farm Animal Experience
-Zoo and Wildlife Experience
-Research Experience
-Teaching Experience
-Volunteer and Community Outreach Experience
-Other Work Experience

Publications and Presentations
List all your publications in a citation format that is appropriate - usually APA or MLA format
List all talks, papers or posters you have presented along with the name, location and date of the conference/meeting.  If the presentation was an invited talk indicate it.

Externships
In reverse chronological order.  If you have multiple externships with similar responsibilities, list all externships in the format used in the Experience section first followed by a set of common responsibilities.

Select Relevant Coursework and Training (Optional)
If you pursued any specific courswork or training (eg. artificial insemination, pain management, accupuncutre etc) that may be directly relevant to the position you applying it may be helpful to include that information

Conferences Attended (optional)
If you are including this section on your CV, limit your entries to conferences on special topics that are of direct relevance to the positon you are applying to. 

Honors and Awards (optional)
Name of scholarships, honors, date(s) awarded
Leadership and Professional Affiliations(Optional)
List organization, position held and dates of participation.  If describing a leadership role include responsibilities that conveyleadership.
Extracurricular Activities (optional)
These sections can be customized depending  upon your experiences

Special Skills (optional)
List any skills other than those already included in the Education and Education sections that may be relevant to the position you are applying for. Examples include proficiency in a foreign language or scietific writing or specific computer skills that may be especially relevant to the position of interest

References
References should be included on a separate sheet of paper and should contain the name, title and contact information of the reference.