Guest Blogger Jennifer, Part 4: Oh My God, The Loans!

Vet school is expensive. We all know it, even though some of us (me included) try to avoid facing the realities of it. The Office of Financial Aid at UC Davis reports that the average loan amount for vet students per year is around $40,000 – and that’s for in-state students only! When you start to consider the disbursement fees and the compounding interest, it can get really overwhelming. It definitely causes me a lot of anxiety, so if you’re worried about it, you’re not alone. Luckily the job prospects for vet school graduates are pretty good. In general, it seems that if you make it through vet school, you’ll be able to get a job at the end of it all. That goes a long way in helping to ease my mind. One of the vets I used to work for also had a great perspective on it. She said, “I get to be what I want to be. I didn’t even look at the loans, I just asked where to sign!” I think she is absolutely right, and whenever I start to get freaked out, I just remind myself of how she approached it.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts for the past few days. Now, back to your regularly-scheduled blogging!