Best SUNY Undergraduate Colleges for a Pre-Vet Curriculum?
Hi. I'm a senior in high school who wants to pursue a DVM degree. I audited BIOL101 with lab this Spring at a local college and did very well. I'm planning on auditing CHEM101 and Intermediate Algebra in the future. I'm currently gaining animal experience by working on my family's small farm and volunteering at the local Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm.
My original plan was to attain a 4-year vet tech degree at SUNY Canton and then apply to vet school, but have heard from people that this might not be the best plan. I spoke to admissions at Cornell, and they said that this path is unusual. You need to complete the prerequisites at an upper level, (300-400, junior/senior). But at Cornell, admissions only looks at 5% the quality of academic program. Thoughts? Why couldn't I still do this degree? Canton is a 4-year school, so it would have some of the upper-level courses.
My second plan was to get an AS degree at Canton, then transfer to Cornell's Animal Science department for a Bachelor's, and then apply to Cornell's vet school. But after considering the cost of attending Cornell for 6 years, I'm thinking this is not the best plan financially.
And my third plan.... Getting an AS degree at Canton, then transferring to either SUNY Cobleskill in their Animal Science, or Stony Brook in their biology department for my Bachelor's, and then apply to vet school.
Thoughts? If I were to do my third plan, should I do animal science or biology? And are these schools what vet schools are looking for? Are there any other SUNY schools that have what I'm looking for?
Potential vet schools I want to apply to:
-PennVet (University of Pennsylvania)
-University of Georgia