Ok, are you freaking kidding me?
Another new vet school? Because the ones in Alaska, Utah and Arizona aren't enough? Because we really need more vets, especially in the densely populated Northeast? Because we don't want a building to go to waste and we need more jobs????? REALLY?????
Creating more academic jobs and more "long term" jobs for hospital workers is not going to solve any problems. There is no "big money" in veterinary medicine. Opening a new school will not bring economic growth to the area.
Creating MORE veterinarians than there already are, with multiple new schools in the works, is going to ruin this profession, as echoed by colleagues here, here, here, here, here and others elsewhere on VIN, and other forums.
There is no shortage of veterinarians. In fact, there are already too many. But the AVMA and academia are apparently ignoring this fact, and presenting a picture to new vets that is very different from reality.
I fought when my school decided to add 20 more seats to the class size (they did it anyway) while they were telling me that they needed the increased tuition dollars to keep their doors open. If a veterinary school, who gets millions of dollars each year from tuition, plus grants for research, donations and the income from it's referral hospital is having trouble staying afloat, how can you expect small business owners to do it? Especially with new grads coming out of school with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and not enough cases to pay the salaries they deserve.
Veterinary medicine is a calling, and I am not sure I would have turned away from it even if I knew the current state of things. However, making it easier to go to vet school is making it harder to find a job, harder to earn a living, and harder to love this profession.