Answer: The chance of successfully getting into a vet school depends on a number of factors and the weight put on these factors varies from school to school.
- It is important to make sure you are a resident of a state that has a vet school or a state that has a contract with another vet school to accept students. Veterinary schools almost all limit enrollment to students in one of these two situations.
- Most of the veterinary schools will give you the formula they use to evaluate students. Some schools use a point system and by adding up the points for experiences like military service, working in a veterinary hospital, etc., you can figure out how your experience will affect your chances. The rest of the weight is usually on degrees obtained, grade point average, standardized testing, recommendations, and a personal statement.
- At many vet schools, persistence will work in your favor, too. Applying more than once or twice does show a strong desire to get in, especially if combined with some sort of coursework to improve grade point average or to get a degree in a related field.
- Contacting the college with a veterinary school that accepts students from the state you are in is the first step. For a list of accredited veterinary schools go to the American Veterinary Medical Association website at www.aavmc.org.