Vet School Myths Debunked: Men Are Guaranteed Admission

There’s no denying it, there is a paucity of men in vet school. Years ago, the veterinary profession was dominated by men, but more recently women have emerged as the future of veterinary medicine, accounting for 80% or more of veterinary students at the present time.

You would think with such an uneven gender distribution that veterinary schools throughout the country would be letting men in without much scrutiny so as to simply add diversity to the class, but you would be wrong. At least at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, the percentage of men accepted is the same as the percentage of women who are accepted in relation to the total number of each gender to apply.

For example, if 1000 women and 100 men apply to the school, to fill a class of ~130, the school will accept approximately 12% of the female applicants and approximately 12% of the male applicants. If the school wanted to keep the class relatively evenly distributed between genders, then they would have chosen to accept 6.5% of female applicants and 65% of the male applicants, but that would be incredibly unfair as the application process would clearly be more competitive for females than males.

Although the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis is not necessarily representative of the veterinary school admissions procedures at the other 27 veterinary schools in the United States, I am most familiar with their methodology and it is clear from their published statistics that they handle things fairly for each gender.

While this means is that neither gender has an advantage when it comes to applying to veterinary school. On the other hand, it is clear that when it comes to the dating pool in veterinary school, the men have the advantage!