The increasing cost of higher education and the resultant impact on student debt has received wide attention. Providing free tuition and reducing student debt were among the key proposals of the presidential nominees.

However, what is often overlooked is the cost of postgraduate medical education — more specifically veterinary education.

Students aspiring to veterinary education are investing in the hope that it will return value through payment from clients. However, as the associate dean for academic programs and student success at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM), I am keenly aware of the impact of the cost of this education. From what I see, there is a crisis for those called to veterinary medicine.

One of the main problems is that the cost of a veterinary education is too high relative to future earnings.