Friday, January 9, 2009

Preparing for vet school: Where should I go to College?

Where should I go to college?

So this is an interesting question that many high school students have if they are considering going to veterinary school. There is not simple question, and there is really no simple answer. Personally, I believe that students should simply choose a college that they feel most comfortable with. How far do you want to live from home? Do you like the campus? How is their science department? Really prevet students should choose their college based on the same criteria as most other “non pre-vet students”.

Should I go to a college that also has a veterinary school?

Well, that would certainly seem to make sense. This is what I personally did, and I was accepted to the same veterinary school at which I did my undergrad work. It made the transition very easy and I got to visit and work at the vet school during my undergrad days, so the facilities weren’t completely foreign to me my first day of vet school.

However, I’m not convinced there is a real “advantage” as far as your chances of being accepted to veterinary school if you go this route. There are several reasons I say this. First, there are so many other, more important factors in your application other than where you did your undergrad studies such as grades, experience, personal statement, and classes taken. Secondly, when my class was introduced I was amazed on how many students went to college at other universities. I would guess that most students in my vet school class did their undergrad at universities other than the one where the vet school is.

It’s easy to think that your competing with mainly other pre-vet students at you university, but your not. I will go into further detail later on who you are actually competing with in a later post.

That being said there is defiantly no disadvantage to going to college the same place you want to go to vet school. Typically, it will be easier for you to get involved in pre-vet club and the veterinary school if your already near by. I just don’t want student thinking that they NEED to go to college at certain schools to get into vet school because this is certainly not the case.

So, now what?

Simply pick a quality university that you think you will love for the next four years. There are endless factors, but don’t let whether or not they have a vet school sway your decision to much. Just look for a college that has a strong science departments and the rest will fall into place. I’m sorry this is not the specific answer that many of you may like, but I think its the truth. College should be the best years of your life, enjoy them!

10 comments:

Val said...

At St. George's University, students are offered graduate programs designed to keep pace with the evolving needs of business, public health, research, information science and veterinary medical care.

Eddie said...

UMass Amherst offers a animal science degree but I wanted to know does majoring in animal science give me an edge in the application process to vet schools?

jonp21 said...

Eddie- I wouldn't say it gives you an edge, but nor does it hurt you. Animal Science is a popular undergrad major for many pre-vet students. Check out my other post on picking your college major: http://vetschoolinfo.blogspot.com/2009/02/preparing-for-vet-school-picking-major.html

Chelsey said...

I'm from Evansville Indiana, and I have a passion to work and help animals. I am currently a senior in highschool and have taken about 5 college credit classes. I have a 3.5 GPA. My family is not rich by any means, so paying for college will be an obstacle to over come. Is there anything to help with the money situation? I was wondering if you knew of a college I could go to around here? I was also wondering if I could become a vet tech first, and then take additional classes to become a vet? Any other information would be appreciated!

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Chelsey said...

I have been volunteering at the hospital for 5 years, and am planning on volunteering at a vets office. are there any scholarships for volunteering?

jonp21 said...

Chelsey, I must first apologize for my very delayed response. First, let me say that I know paying for school is a very difficult and daunting task. I am not aware of any scholarship off the top of my head, but websites like finaid.org are a good place to start. Also, talking directly to the financial aid office at a school you wish to attend can help alot.
In order to be come a vet you must go to 4 years of vet school no matter what previous education or training you might have.
I think if you work hard and look for financial aid opportunities, then school can become a reality for you. Best of luck, I hope it works out for you. If you have further questions let me know

Stephanie said...

Are there any colleges you would recommend in Florida? Maybe one you heard good things about? I am only a freshmen in high school so I am just learning all this stuff...

Stephanie said...

Are there any colleges you would recommend in Florida? Maybe one you heard good things about? I am only a freshmen in high school so I am just learning all this stuff...

Priscilla Coral said...

Fthis was so helpful thank you so much! I've been wondering if I should go to a regular college bc I really want to you made my decision easier!

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