I am currently trying to get myself into vet schools. From what I have heard and observed, being an equine vet is a very rewarding experience. However, the road to get there is very challenging. The number one thing is EXPERIENCE. Volunteer/intern everywhere you can! Vet schools want an overall well rounded candidate, not just somebody who has equine knowledge. It is important to volunteer and gain experience in other industries as well.
GRADES are another huge thing. Many people get a degree in animal science, although this is not necessary. I myself am getting a degree in chemistry. I have contacted multiple vet schools and the admissions department has said that the KEY THING is to make sure you have GOOD grades in all the pre-requisite classes. Each vet school has different pre recs so you need to make sure to thoroughly research all the ones you are applying to. IN ADDITION, your choice of major may not encompass all the pre recs. In your spare time you will have to take additional classes to fill the pre recs to go to vet school. This can amount to taking 12-17 units of science classes each semester (or quarter). It is hard work and will require a LOT of studying, but can be done.
Fro my research, most vet schools require:
--1 year of General Biology (w/ lab)
--1 year of General Chemistry (w/ lab)
--1 year of Organic Chemistry (w/ lab)
--Math(some require calculus, some require only stats)
Additional courses (depending on vet school) may require:
--A certain number of upper division credits
(just to name a few!)
ALL of these courses will be challenging in their own way (trust me, as I have taken many of them!), but they are all 100% doable if you put in the time and effort.
Also, not all vet schools will require you to have a degree (BA or BS) before applying, but many of them do require upper division work which means you will have to take classes at a 4 year university as opposed to a junior college. I did MANY of my lower division course work at a JC (its way cheaper!), but eventually did have to transfer to a 4 year institution.
The bottom line is that vet school is extremely competitive (harder than med school to get into!), but if you really want to do it then go for it! If you want it badly enough you CAN and WILL achieve your goals. GOOD LUCK!!!