Yes, the curriculum alone is more demanding on your schedule than most full-time jobs. Most veterinary school curricula require 18-20+ credit hours per semester. A rule of thumb is that you should be spending 2 hours studying outside of class per credit hour per week. That would be the equivalent 36-40 hours studying in addition to your classroom time each week.
The reality is you will have a limited amount of time for many experiences (paid or otherwise) outside the lecture hall: spending time in the clinic, joining clubs, personal hobbies, jobs, studying, etc. Some students find jobs that combine some of those experiences as a way to not miss out on either — for example, you might be able to earn a bit of extra income while also solidifying core veterinary concepts by working as an assistant in the school’s clinic.
Type of practice, experience, and location are major factors in a veterinarian’s income.
Don’t read too much into school rankings. Any student who graduates from an accredited veterinary institution and passes the required licensing exam can practice in their desired field and earn the market rate for veterinary services in that field. There is no “Harvard Effect” in veterinary medicine.
Internship(s) are typically the most direct path to a residency. Residencies train you to specialize in a particular field of veterinary medicine. For example, a board certified veterinary surgeon might do a general internship after veterinary school, followed by a surgical internship, then a surgical residency. After meeting the residency requirements and passing the board exam,they will be a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Board certification generally results in increased earnings. However, how much you earn will be highly dependent on your specialty and location.
I am not aware of any data showing veterinary school choice impacts internship/residency opportunities.
I would love to see someone analyze board specialized veterinarians, to see if there is a correlation among school, internships, and residency programs and board certification. Hopefully someone will take us up on that or let us know if this has been done already 🙂
No. Most references to veterinary salaries exclude internships or residencies because those are low paying relative to clinical practice.
Currently (2019) the demand — and therefore negotiating power — is higher than ever for veterinary graduates. To my knowledge, while Ross graduates have higher student debt-to-income ratios, they are also receiving multiple job offers inline with the average number of offers for other veterinary school graduates. Ross is a foreign (Carribean) school, but it is accredited by the AVMA COE, which means Ross graduates take the same U.S. veterinary licensing exam (NAVLE) as graduates from U.S. schools.
Because there is no “Harvard Effect” in veterinary medicine, graduates of Ross (or any other foreign AVMA COE accredited veterinary school) who pass NAVLE and practice in the U.S. can earn the market rate salary determined by experience, practice type, and geographical region.
10-15%. Most people who use student loans use Federal Student Loans. The repayment options available for federal student loans do not require you to pay more than 10-15% of your discretionary income as your minimum monthly payment.
Borrowers with a student debt-to-income ratio of 1, generally pay their loans to zero in 10 years or less using about 10% of their income each month. Many veterinary graduates borrow two times or more than what they earn in their first year after veterinary school. They can still keep their minimum monthly payment to 10-15% of their discretionary income using the income-driven repayment plans.