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Schools Vet School Like

Ran the DadRan the Dad Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
Anyone have any advice for how to get insights into a college or university's success rate for placing its graduates in Veterinary school? Of course, I'd call the schools, but not sure what department might have these stats?

Thanks in advance.

Replies to: Schools Vet School Like

  • Ran the DadRan the Dad Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Sorry for type-o in title.
    Meant: "Schools Vet Schools Like"
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 12,614 Senior Member
    Given the competition and the fact many are public this means being an instate resident gives a student an advantage. Going to the school associated with the Vet school is likely to give an advantage as students will be able to associate with Vet school programs/activity in some way. Check with your state's schools.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 15,095 Senior Member
    The vet schools will have statistics on where their students went to undergrad. I'm sure it matters more what you study and how well you did more than where you went to school.
  • calmomcalmom Registered User Posts: 18,836 Senior Member
    Probably best to attend undergrad in the state where the student hopes to later attend vet school (and establish residency in that state, if the student is not already a resident) - unless the student's home state has a vet school that the student wants to attend. Here are some admission stats from UC Davis - http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/students/admissions/ClassOf2020Statistics.cfm -- there is huge difference in admission rates for in-state students vs. the others.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 15,095 Senior Member
    ^^Many vet schools have agreements with other states for residents to attend at adjusted rates.
  • ECmotherx2ECmotherx2 Registered User Posts: 1,742 Senior Member
    There are only 25 or so schools of veterinary medicine in the US. The majority are state schools. Since they are funded by the tax payers, the largest percentage of admitted students are in-state. So it is important to find out if your state has a vet. school. The cost for out of state tuition can be double the cost of in state tuition. The GPA for out of state applicants is also usually higher than in state residents. Those states that do not have vet. schools have agreements with other states to hold aside a set number of seats for applicants. So, if you wanted to apply to a vet school as an out of state applicant and you were applying to a state school that gave preference to it's own residents and also had an agreement with another state to accept a set number of their residents, you would have a very low probability of being accepted if you did not reside in either state. Vet schools look for high GPA's, especially in the sciences, high GRE scores and the applicant's exposure to directly working with animals, clients and undergrad research. They want high performing well rounded applicants.

    You would want to look at a low cost undergraduate institution. One that offers a strong program in biology or animal science, undergraduate research and located near resources for your child to obtain direct hands on experience with animals, (working in shelters is not what they are looking for). Also, check how strong is their pre-professional programs, mentors, advisors, etc. As you research the colleges and universities, look at their websites for statistics of accepted students into veterinary schools. I listed University of Florida as an example:http://education.vetmed.ufl.edu/admissions/resources/admission-statistics-by-class/
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