I'm opening this thread on sundoggie's suggestion - I would like to get people's opinions on whether or not the reputation of a private vet schools makes a difference. Certainly there are many fields within veterinary medicine, and in some fields it may matter more. Also, opinions on where in the country it matters more (East Coast only?). This thread is not to talk about the quality of the programs, as it varies depending on the school, not whether it is private. I believe that going to the name schools Penn, Cornell, or Tufts holds weight. Not in every area, but certainly research. Just some responses from the other thread: I'm not discounting the quality of anyone's program - that's not my argument. What I'm saying is that the reputation of a school holds weight, whether you acknowledge or not, whether you're on the east coast, in the midwest, or in California. Penn and Cornell are ivy league schools - they are recognized as top-notch. I posted this once before, but Linda Dow (of Dow chemicals) herself said that they pay more to vets who come from name schools, and they get funded more easily. As a side note, I'm not just picking a fight here. I have to choose between Penn and Illinois (and maybe Tufts?), and I haven't completely made up my mind yet, so I'm looking for both sides of the argument.