Many people are surprised to learn that doctors of veterinary medicine undergo the same rigors of selection and training required of physicians to complete their formation. There are only twenty-seven schools of Veterinary Medicine in the United States and just four in all of Canada. Competition for the limited number of spaces at each school has raised the caliber of every veterinary candidate. Unfortunately, because of these limitations, many applicants are denied their dream of becoming a veterinarian.
The course itself is a grueling four years of graduate school and resembles medical school in many ways. Students of human medicine need study only one species, whereas veterinary students must become experts in many animal species! To keep things in perspective, it helps to remind ourselves that human medicine is, in essence, a subspecialty of veterinary medicine!