I am thinking of applying to veterinary school for the fall 2010 semester. I love animals but up until recently I have been interested in ecology/conservation. However, due to the poor employment opportunities and the current economy I am hesitant to pursue this field. I want to make it clear that I am not interested in becoming a vet simply because it has more security in terms of employment; it has always been on my list but not my first choice.
I recently graduated with a bachelors in biology with a final cumultative GPA of 3.69. I have four letters of recommendation and have conducted research. However, as I said my main focus has been ecology. As a result, I have not had any experience in a vets office etc. I did care for hundreds of amphibians while conducting research on pollution however.
My other weakness is my GRE scores. While not very bad, they are not that great: 540 quantative, 570 verbal.
I do not think I have enough to get into a veterinary school personally. Unfortunately becoming a vet was not my main focus throughout college and I thus did not get veterinary experience.
So should I even bother applying to any vet schools? Are there some schools that would give me a greater chance in accepting me? Unfortunately there are no schools in my state so I would have to apply as an out of stater and obviously schools admit far fewer out of staters which decreases my chances of getting in.