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What's Up With Findlay Pre-Vet?

Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
Hello everyone!
I'm a senior in high school and I made this account here just to ask this question. I've read really good things about Findlay's Pre-vet program, that they have vet school acceptance rates of double the national average and that they have hands-on learning. My confusion is this, their ACT range seems fairly low (middle 50% of 20-25) for a school that can get so many people through to vet school. So, are they fudging the vet school admissions stats on their website? Or is their pre-vet program really that highly regarded by vet school admissions staff? Thank you in advance for any help!

Replies to: What's Up With Findlay Pre-Vet?

  • Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 2,794 Senior Member
    edited August 2017
    Since Findlay is in Ohio, it's likely that most Findlay pre-vet grads apply to Ohio State for vet school. If you look at the OSU vet school class profile, the top undergraduate colleges represented are:

    33 Ohio State
    12 Findlay
    8 Penn State
    6 University of California

    No other schools have more than three.
    https://vet.osu.edu/sites/vet.osu.edu/files/legacy/userimages/u42/Class of 2019 profile_0.pdf

    So Findlay does seem to send a lot of grads to OSU vet school. Note that vet schools typically prefer (1) state residents, and (2) people with a lot of hands-on animal experience. There probably aren't very many schools that offer Ohioans the opportunity to work extensively with animals, other than OSU and Findlay.

    It is also possible that Findlay's pre-vet program is more competitive than most of Findlay's other programs, and that the ACT range for pre-vets specifically is higher than average. Findlay could have stricter standards for admission or graduation from the pre-vet program.
  • Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Thank you so much for your help! Are the class profiles like this one available for all vet schools?
  • ECmotherx2ECmotherx2 Registered User Posts: 1,742 Senior Member
    Corbett is correct that the mission of State schools is to accept the largest number of students from their state. After that, some state schools have articulation agreements with states that do not have Veterinary schools, the rest of the slots then are open to OOS students. It is important that you consider your state of residence when applying for Veterinary school and figure that into your admission chances. So, the admission rates from colleges of their students into vet schools is only a partial picture of your chances. You need to dig deeper into the data sets to find out the number of students from OOS that are admitted into a program. Some of those students listed from Penn State, Findlay and UC may be residents of Ohio.

    There are 2 sets of data to look at. The first is the percentage of students from a particular college or university that are admitted to any Veterinary program. The second is to look at the data from specific Veterinary schools to see what the number of students from OOS are accepted and the third is to see what schools the program accepts students from.

    Findlay certainly seems to offer much of what Vet schools are looking for in the terms of courses and direct animal care. They also want a well rounded student with interests other than veterinary care and participation in community programs. The best undergrad schools where you can achieve these along with a high GPA, high GRE, and great letters of recommendation are where you should be looking, keeping in mind the statistics about OOS admissions if your state does not have a Vet program.

    Best of luck.

  • Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I live in the Midwest, so some vet schools I'd be looking at would be University of Illinois, Purdue, Iowa State, Ohio State, Michigan State, and University of Wisconsin. I know this might seem a little early to be thinking of vet school, but since I'm starting the college application process I want to be sure that I could have a good chance of getting into vet school from the undergrad school I choose, and to know which schools I should apply to. I'm more interested in going the animal science pre-vet route than through biology.
  • ECmotherx2ECmotherx2 Registered User Posts: 1,742 Senior Member
    Never too early!
    Good luck!
  • thinmintsthinmints Registered User Posts: 202 Junior Member
    You are absolutely doing the right thing by researching this now. My D17 was doing the same thing for the past few years. We thought it was helpful to look at the future in an eight year snapshot...not just a four year one. UF was one of the top schools on my D17's list. She went to the visiting day there and was very impressed with the hands on animal experiences offered. We visited again just before senior year and had a one on one with the head of the Vet program. We were very impressed. They also offered a great merit scholarship.

    I can also tell you that we went to a Veterinary College Fair directed at high school kids. (It is an annual fair held in March in DC.) We spoke with many admissions officers. The consensus that we found was that they all spoke highly of UF. This was good for us to hear because, like you, we were wondering why the score averages were low at UF. I agree with the previous posters who say that there is probably a much higher range in the pre vet program.

  • ECmotherx2ECmotherx2 Registered User Posts: 1,742 Senior Member
    Here is info from the common data set from UF. As stated by thinmints and corbett, you will see that the GPA and the GRE scores are higher for those entering the Vet program versus the other programs at UF. This also shows a good example of applicants and acceptances from both in state and OOS. It indicates your chances as an OOS student. This is very similar to other state vet programs and something to keep in mind when looking at OOS schools. As a candidate, you will need the highest GPA, GRE scores, best letters of recommendations and be the best all around candidate to be chosen to interview and to make the final selection. Applicants to private vet schools in US, I think there are 5 or so, are all on equal footing.
  • Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I think I'm at least going to apply- I really like the hands-on aspect, as well as how it's a smaller school, versus the big agriculture schools.
  • Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Aaa... my parents won't let me apply to Findlay because of the low ranking (56 in regional universities midwest). What are some other schools with high vet school placement rates? Preferably in the Midwest.
  • Runnergirl<3cowsRunnergirl<3cows Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
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