Education: Schooling the Animals' Best Friends

What are the hottest fields in graduate professional education today? Business, law and medical schools are besieged with applicants, as usual. But the busiest admissions offices may be the ones at, of all places, veterinary schools.

Although the 21 U.S. and three Canadian schools had 2,112 first-year positions available last fall, up 8% from 1975, the ranks of would-be vets are growing even faster. While medical schools take about one in three applicants, the acceptance ratio at vet schools is about one in seven—and in many cases even lower. Alabama's Tuskegee Institute is...

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