WHY IS IT SO HARD TO BECOME A VETERINARIAN?

I attended a tour of the OSU Veterinarian College last year, and I was given the chance to sit in a meeting that discussed everything about it, including expenses, what the students have to do, and everything else. I’ve also read things online when doing research. I’ve listed several of the reasons below in the order I think is most important.

1. Money
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It seems everything in this day and time revolves around money. You literally can’t do anything without enough money, and attending OSU Veterinarian College is no exception. I’ve calculated some averages on tuition, boarding fees, and additional expenses.
It’s cheaper for Oklahoma residents to attend the veterinarian school than non-residents. They have to pay around $58,400 dollars, tuition only. Other expenses, including boarding fees, transportation, etc., is around $158,770 dollars. The final total is around $217,170.
It’s a lot more expensive for non-residents, which if I were to attend OSU, I would have to pay out-of-state tuition. It costs $175,020 just for tuition, and $254,525 for other expenses, which ends in a total of $429,545 dollars.
It’s not surprising that some students don’t have enough money to attend OSU. It is a costly experience that, if loan money is needed, takes years to pay off.

2. Time
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It takes four years to become a veterinarian, and even then you need to spend some time afterwards underneath the watchful eye of an experienced veterinarian. That’s after you get your bachelor’s degree, which takes around four years. And, if you don’t get accepted into OSU the first few tries, that’s more time to wait. That’s 8+ years, depending on the circumstances. It can take a long, long time to graduate veterinarian school, and some people might not think it’s worth it.

3. Standards
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You have to be borderline genius to get into OSU. I mean, algebra is a large thing when becoming a veterinarian. It’s not just caring for animals, even though I wish it was. I’m going to admit: I am not the smartest one in Algebra, History, Geometry, English…pretty much everything except Biology, Animal Science, and Spanish. I’m currently trying to improve my algebraic skills, but they could very well prevent me from successfully attending veterinarian school. It’s something I’m hoping to overcome.

4. Gender
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Normally, you wouldn’t think about gender when considering veterinarian college. Unfortunately, it’s something that has caused some problems. There are more female veterinarians than there is males, so the colleges are looking more for males than females. If two applicants, one male and the other female, have the exact same experience and grades, they will most likely choose the male over the female.

 

It takes a lot to become a veterinarian, but nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. One day, you might be one of those students attending OSU Veterinarian College, and maybe I’ll see you there.

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