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    Ages for vet school?!?

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    Hi there,
    I was just wondering about the average age for starting the vetmed programme at sgu. I have decided to go back to collage and study vetmed, however it means I will be 26 when starting firstyear! I was just wondering weather or not I will be the only geriatric in the class compared to everyone else? or are there more "mature" students then i think! (will be entering prevet aged 24 for 2 years and on to vet!!)
    thanks for any help you can give! jenni

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennijenni84 View Post
    Hi there,
    I was just wondering about the average age for starting the vetmed programme at sgu. I have decided to go back to collage and study vetmed, however it means I will be 26 when starting firstyear! I was just wondering weather or not I will be the only geriatric in the class compared to everyone else? or are there more "mature" students then i think! (will be entering prevet aged 24 for 2 years and on to vet!!)
    thanks for any help you can give! jenni
    The average age will vary by class. From what I have seen the students entering in the Fall are generally younger than those entering in the spring. I would say the average age is probably 23-26 for all classes when first starting.

    I was older than you when I first started. I know of some people who start in their 40's-50's (I am not that "mature" though) on one extreme and those from the non North American system (mainly the UK) can start here as early as 18-20.

    I assure you that you'll probably be right about average age or maybe slightly older.

    I thought THIS link from SGU had average ages but it doesn't, just other demographic info.

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    age

    I am 27 and am starting January 2008 =) I am older because I got a music composition degree first and am now entering the vet program.

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    thank you so much both of you for letting me know, i have been doing psychology first and now have the opertunity to go back and study vet. do you mind me asking sgu vetgrl, did you have to do any prevet or additional sciences after your music degree before being accepted? thanks again!

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    prereqs

    I did all the required vet school prereqs for US schools after my music degree (except that I did gen chem before). So, I took 1 year of Ochem + lab, 1 year biochem, 1 year physics, 1 quarter genetics, 1 quarter physiology, 1 quarter virology, 1 semester zoology + lab, 1 semester cell bio + lab. I think that is everything... I don't think SGU requires all of this though. This was more for UC Davis, Colorado, and some others. After all my research on schools though, I think SGU sounds much better with all the hands-on experience and the fact that they actually look at your whole personality and not just grades when they interview you. Did you apply yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGUvetgirl View Post
    After all my research on schools though, I think SGU sounds much better with all the hands-on experience and the fact that they actually look at your whole personality and not just grades when they interview you. Did you apply yet?
    Hmmm... I would rather go to ANY US vet school than SGU. I do truly thank SGU for giving me an opportunity but I'm not delusional enough to think that I came here by choice. In the end, a DVM degree from SGU or UCDavis both allow you to do the same thing: practice veterinary medicine. So, be honest with yourself and get ready to succeed!

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    I havent applied yet,although i have been in talks with one of the staff members who recommended the 2 years prevet before vetmed as i dont have the science back ground. i hope to apply for next year though if i have not left it too late. if they do a jan intake for prevet, then jan 09 would be perfect! i wish you the best of luck with vetmed though sguvetgirl, and thanks again for the help.

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    Davis versus SGU

    Well, most people I have talked to who graduated already from SGU highly recommend it over Davis, so I am being honest. Davis graduates often don't have the social skills to be able to communicate with their clients as well. Plus, you just don't get as much hands-on work at Davis because of the ethics laws in the US. I'm just passing on what graduates have told me. And in the end, you get a more well-rounded experience at SGU because it is out of the country and forces you to experience new things.

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    A little perspective, a little culture education, and a lots of REALITY!

    Quote Originally Posted by SGUvetgirl View Post
    Well, most people I have talked to who graduated already from SGU highly recommend it over Davis.
    Wow, just when I thought I had heard it all...

    Comparing UCDavis vet school to SGU is like comparing UCSF School of Medicine with SGU. I also think you are way off base when you say that students that graduate from UCDavis don't have the "social skills" and can't relate to their clients. That is a very odd statement to make as MOST of the vets where I'm from (Southern California) are in fact Davis grads and if you go to the SCVMA or other CE meetings like I do, you would know that most vets are chill people that enjoy what they do and love life.

    It's TOO EASY to say, "hey, the UCDavis students have to have a 3.6 GPA and be among the most intelligent students of ANY profession, that they MUST be socially inept." That is patently false and rather stereotypical. At our (my family has owned a vet hospital for 30 years) hospital, we have seen Davis grads firsthand and I honestly can say they have been THE sharpest people and some of the most compassionate vets I've been around.

    Also, if you grow up and live in california (like most UCDavis students do as it is a state school), you are a resident of a state that has a population of 34 MILLION people with a 3 Trillion Dollar economy. There is no other place in the USA or the world (except maybe London) that is more diverse than California. That diversity is what makes a person well rounded, not six 4 month stints at an island with less than 100,000 people. I live in Southern California and lived in Los Angeles where we had a Little Ethiopia town located in Korea Town, next to the Byzantine-Latino quarter (byzantine = greek, like the alexander the great, who by the way, was a homosexual). So, please keep things in perspective.

    The only difference between UCDavis grads and perhaps SGU or Ross students are that they worked their behind off all throughout their undergrad studies, while SGU students for one reason or another managed to mess up their chances of even being accepted to just ONE vet school in the US.

    Ask around, NO ONE (sane, that is) would choose SGU over any US vet school, let alone perhaps the top UCDavis. No one. Remember, we all are at SGU (med and vet) because we didn't get accepted to ONE single vet/med school in the USA. The sooner we face the facts, the sooner we can get on with it.

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    Ok, but have you even asked graduates? You are right most people would pick a US school. And I didn't mean to sterotype all Davis graduates. I just meant in general. The man that interviewed me actually told me that perspective on Davis - he went to Davis and still recommended SGU for a future student. I personally think it is sad that you are not very supportive of your school and that you are putting down all SGU accepted vet students and making the assumption that all 100% of them got turned down by US schools. That is not the case. It is the norm yes, but you are yourself sterotyping. And also, it isn't that all of the people at SGU messed their previous academic lives up, but more that Davis is highly competitive and has way more applicants than positions available. I am happy to say I have met graduates of both schools who are great. I have nothing against Davis - I just think SGU has a couple other points that are better - hands on experience is a definite! And by the way, I am a California native - from Santa Barbara. I don't want you to think I am trying to argue you. It is ok to have differing opinions, but try to be open to others and not just your own.
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