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Undergrad Colleges With The Highest Vet School Placement Rates

Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
Hi everyone!
I posted here previously to ask about Findlay's pre-vet program. Turns out my parents won't let me apply there because of the school's low overall ranking. So, now I'm wondering what other colleges have pre-vet programs with high vet school placement rates. I'd prefer a school in the Midwest so it's not to far from home, and one that has opportunities for "hands-on" experience. As you can probably tell from my username, I do like the more large animal/agricultural side of things. In addition, I'm an athlete, so I would like to go to a school that is either NCAA D1 or D2. I would love to hear any suggestions! Thank you guys so much in advance.

Replies to: Undergrad Colleges With The Highest Vet School Placement Rates

  • Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
  • thinmintsthinmints Registered User Posts: 197 Junior Member
    Not in the Midwest but Univ of Vermont has a well respected pre vet program and a few slots guaranteed at a few Vet Schools. There is a barn of cows there for you too!
  • thinmintsthinmints Registered User Posts: 197 Junior Member
    Sorry for the extra post but what about Purdue? They also have a PreVet/Vet Scholar program with some guarenteed slots at Vet school. Check it out.
  • momocarlymomocarly Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    Check out Kansas State too. It has an early admission to vet school program and my son is loving it there! He is equine and the school has a great large animal emphasis.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 2,508 Senior Member
    edited September 11
    A critical factor in admissions to most vet schools is: state of residence. It's hard to give you good advice without knowing this factor.

    There are a handful of private (and expensive) vet schools that recruit nationally, but they are exceptions. The vast majority of vet schools are at state-supported land grant institutions. These schools typically reserve most of their slots for in-state residents. Sometimes they cut deals with other states that don't have vet schools of their own, and reserve some slots for residents of those states in exchange for financial support.

    You need to figure out:
    - is there is a state-supported vet school in your state of residence?
    - if your state has no vet school, then does it have a deal with some out-of-state vet school?

    Then you need to figure out:
    - what are the top undergraduate feeders to those schools? There are commonly just a few ag-oriented schools that dominate admissions at a given state veterinary school.

    If you are from Ohio, for example, then you should assume that your best shot at vet school is at Ohio State. The top feeders to OSU are OSU and Findlay, so those are the schools that you should target. if you are from some other state, then the targets will be different, but you should use the same approach.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 2,508 Senior Member
    edited September 11
    I'm wondering what other colleges have pre-vet programs with high vet school placement rates.
    That's the wrong question. What you need to ask is:
    what other colleges have pre-vet programs with high vet school placement rates for residents of my state.
    Here in California, there are three schools -- UC Davis, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Cal Poly Pomona -- that have the strongest vet school admissions. However, most of the graduates go on to vet school at UC Davis, which is the only state vet school in California. It is unlikely that you would have a good shot at UCD vet school, even if you went to one of their top feeders, because you aren't a California resident.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 2,508 Senior Member
    edited September 11
    Here's how the University of Vermont Pre-Vet Club explains it:
    Vet schools favor applicants that are residents of their respective states, so you have a better chance of getting into the vet school in your home-state versus another out-of-state vet school (about a 20-25% chance versus a 5-10% chance, based on the percentage of total applicants that get accepted data in the VMSAR). In-state tuition is often lower as well. ...

    Some vet schools have contracts with other states without vet schools in which they will reserve seats for students from that state.
    http://www.uvm.edu/~prevet/?Page=vetschools.html

    Again, you need to figure out (1) where residents of your state typically go for vet school; and (2) what undergraduate programs most commonly "feed" into that vet school. A high pre-vet placement rate may not be relevant to you, if the school is located outside of your home state. In that case, the pre-vet program may be quite good at placing in-state residents into the in-state vet school, but this does not necessarily mean that an out-of-stater would have the same odds.
  • ECmotherx2ECmotherx2 Registered User Posts: 1,681 Senior Member
    @Runnergirl<;3cows, in your other post, we gave you advice about vet school admissions. Corbett has reiterated this in your new post. I understand what you are looking for, but we are advising you to look at your home state university to lower your costs as an undergraduate. Have your parents run the NPC for the D1 OOS schools and see if it is something that they can afford. You may find that LAC's will offer more merit aid that would bring the COA to a much lower rate that OOS publics. Some will be D2 and D3 schools.
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