Applying to veterinary school is not an easy task by any means and I am learning just how difficult it can be. Each school has its own set of required undergraduate courses, in-state-student requirements, and way of sorting it’s prospective students. In many ways it is similar to applying to college, there is a standardized test, many applications, and the fear of not being accepted. However, this time around it’s different. Getting into any veterinary school is an achievement, and very few students have the chance to be selective in which school they attend. Even if you do get in, you are faced with hundreds of thousands of dollars of loans upon graduation and paying these off can take decades. This has all been running through my mind for the past 3 years as I have seriously considered applying to veterinary school, and for some people this is the point at which they decide to pursue another career option.
Now this is not to say that it is not worth it because being able to save animal’s lives every day is a skill that is invaluable and can change the lives of many. To me, this makes every single dollar spent, every second spent studying, and every ounce of fear worth it. Knowing that I will get the chance to not only save the lives of animals, but also change the lives of their owners is an opportunity that I cannot wait for.
Ever since I was a young girl, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. If you asked me why I wanted to be a vet at the age of 10, I would say that I wanted to help animals. Over the past 10 years though, I have realized that this barely scrapes the surface as to why I want to pursue this career. It is a long hard road, but the end will be worth all the work.