Myths about Caribbean Vet Schools

There are several myths that make rounds about Caribbean vet schools- especially that it is easier to seek admissions, that Caribbean veterinary school cost is much higher, and the quality of education is substandard to that of the American school standards. If

  1. Caribbean vet schools are way too expensive

There is a myth that studying in the Caribbean means spending a tremendous amount of money for seeking a medical student when compared to the U.S. Rather, it is the opposite that is true. The overall cost of education at a medical school in the Caribbean will be relatively cheaper than in the U.S. although that does not mean the quality of education is compromised in any way. One thing is often not taken into consideration – that is, the tuition of an instate student will be substantially subsidized that a student who is attending school out of their home state.

An in-state student’s tuition gets subsidized by taxpayers while an out-of-state student ends up paying out-of-state tuition. Students can find out this number by perusing the non-resident tuition data from the AAVMC or the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Compare the first year of fees and tuition at a Caribbean school. Students must also remember that any investment in education is not going to be a waste, as this will equip them to finally become practicing professionals.

  1. The education is not up to the mark

There is a myth that the education provided at Caribbean medical schools is substandard. This shouldn’t bother you at all when you are looking at programs accredited by the AVMA or the American Veterinary Medical Association and Council on Education or COE. It is the universal standard and Caribbean schools follow the same. COE evaluates and investigates every vet school’s facilities, student performance, faculty standards etc. Note that only schools with at least 80% of its students successfully clearing the NAVLE exam get to maintain accreditation. Therefore the standard is nothing but great. When picking your institution, look up the faculty as it is integral to your overall education.

  1. Caribbean vet schools accept everyone

Schools in the Caribbean do accept more students than schools in the US but that does not indicate a lower standard of education. With time, most DVM programs in Canada as well as the US are taking a more holistic approach towards assessing applications. Besides a good GPA and GRE grade, they also consider non-academic skills and experiences. The schools are actually pretty selective given the number of applications they receive, but they also do rolling admissions unlike in America where admissions happen only once a year.

Now that most of the myths about your veterinary science education in the Caribbean has been busted, enroll at the earliest to get started with your admissions and training.