What’s $143,757.82 in vet school debt got to do with it?

The AVMA estimates the average debt load for veterinary school is about $143,757.82.
The AVMA estimates the average debt load for veterinary school is about $143,757.82.
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A recent bovinevetonline.com poll shows about 44% veterinarians would not recommend a career path as a large animal veterinarian. Here’s the breakdown:


American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2016 Market Research data shows:

>  1.8% of private practice veterinarians are food animal exclusive

> 4.5 are food animal predominant and 5.9% are mixed animal practitioners

>  A whopping 66.6% of veterinarians are companion animal exclusive.

Our question for you: What role does vet school student debt play in whether you’d recommend a career in veterinary medicine?

Take the poll here:



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