Many thanks (not just for this thread, but for the support over the past few years)! Still kinda flipping out right now, but at least my hands have stopped shaking. Also, went back and dug up this thread from before this whole journey began. Kinda sweet in hindsight.
But yay, class of '17! Exactly 20 years after I graduated high school.
Jesus, you all have made me all misty-eyed again. That's happened quite a bit in the past 24 hours.
Thank you so very much for all of the kind words. I've settled down a little bit, but it's still very surreal.
Isn't getting into vet school even harder than getting into med school?
I've heard that before but I can't really say either way. There are far fewer DVM programs, and they may have smaller classes, but I don't know what the relative numbers of applicants are. The odds are far better if you go in-state, though, since most vet schools are at land-grant universities and have legislative minimums for taking residents. The long-running joke is that med school students have it easier though since they only have to study one measly species.
med school students have it easier though since they only have to study one measly species. um, there's probably a great deal more truth to that than snark, really - small animal vets not only have to understand mammals from various families (dogs, cats, rabbits, the various small rodents, etc...), there's several other classes (fish, birds, reptiles) they have to grok before getting a DVM. Large animal vets have it somewhat easier from that aspect, but farm vets are in a class by themselves owing to the pure physical danger factor - you are basically at a real risk of being maimed on a daily basis.
Just looking at the lists of things that are toxic to dogs and cats that have zero effect on humans is enough to make my head spin.