Is It Really Harder to Get Into Veterinary School Versus Medical School?

But if we’re going to make the comparison, let me suggest that veterinary program acceptance rates have never been properly compared with human medical program acceptance rates.

To do so, we’d need to quantify how many of the same students were applying to the 28 veterinary and 129 human programs during that particular year. Applying to multiple schools is typical for both groups of applicants, but medical candidates tend to apply to a larger number of schools than do veterinary hopefuls.

We’d also need to assess the final stats (test scores, GPAs, etc.) for those admitted. To my knowledge, not even U.S. News and World Report has ever turned a keen eye toward analyzing professional programs in this capacity.

So what’s the final take? Clear as mud, I say. But it’s pretty obvious that the entrance standards for human medical and veterinary programs are generally on par with one another. Yet it’s plain that pre-vet candidates have been trained to jump through more hoops, which kind of adds credence to the belief that it's harder to get into veterinary school.

While we may not have to be smarter, more compassionate or more prepared than our human medical brethren, we’ve effectively proven our dedication to veterinary medicine by acquiescing to all the annoyingly diverse demands of vet school entrance requirements.

Does it make us better people? Of course not. But veterinarians are just as smart, just as capable and just as dedicated as human physicians.

So here’s the final reply to my initial question:

Q. Is it easier to get into medical school versus veterinary school?

A. Of course. But why compare?

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