How to Choose the Best Veterinary School for You

Nov 9, 2017 by

When looking forward to a career as a veterinary doctor, the school you attend really does matter. Just imagine a medical doctor with a degree from Harvard or Johns Hopkins Medical Schools. They will certainly have their pick of hospitals to be associated with or medical groups to work with. The same holds true for vets. If you are looking for the right veterinary school for you, start by checking out reviews on sites like Here you will be able to further narrow your search by three main sets of criteria.

1. Location, Location, Location

To coin a phrase from the world of real estate, location really can be everything. Sometimes it depends on whether or not you are in a financial position to live away from home and other times it means you need to study in a city big enough to find employment to cover the cost of living while in school. Also, some of the bigger cities do, indeed, have the most widely-respected and well-known veterinary schools, so you might want to keep that in mind as well.

2. Tenured Professors and/or Associated Animal Hospitals for Practicums

Before making your final choice, it would behoove you to peruse the faculty who will be offering the classes you need. A veterinary doctor learns more than just academics in veterinary school. It is often the knowledge and experience of doctors on staff who inspire vets to greatness. Take the time to check out each and every professor/doctor who will be guiding you along the way. Read student reviews and comments if available and try to visit the campus if at all possible. You can learn a lot by watching lectures and speaking with faculty and alumni.

3. Availability of the Latest Technology

Finally, technology is advancing at speeds faster than the speed of light. Just as there are technological advances in the medical field, veterinary technology is advancing almost by the minute. This all centers on the technology available for research and treatments. Again, if you have the wherewithal to visit the campus you’d like to attend, do take the time to check out the labs. Research the equipment you will be learning on to ensure it is up-to-date by current technological standards. Compare that equipment with courses you will be required to take. If the technology in a school’s labs pre-dates current equipment referenced in specific courses, that might be a red flag warning to move on to other veterinary schools.

Just remember that your choice of schools can have a significant impact on your chosen career as a veterinary doctor. Once you have found the best match in educational institutions, you’ll know it. Did you develop a rapport with any of the professors or advisors you had the privilege to meet while visiting the campus? Do you feel you will get on well there? Is the technology up-to-date and are the core courses designed to work with advances in the science? Once you have satisfactorily answered all those questions, at the very least, you’ll know you’ve chosen the right school.

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