I can understand how those feel who have years of experience and then have someone who just graduated come in and demand respect, higher pay and position when they don't even know the name of the hospitals most well-known client yet. That why I hope they make some sort of test type thing that can separate the real professionals from the 'talkers' and allow those folks who are truly competent to have a chance at getting the title. AFter that, they need to cut it off and then require the schooling and education.
Years ago, (when we were still thoughts in our parents minds), you could take the state and national boards for DVM credentials and didn't have to have ever taken a step into a vet school - folks could pass the tests and become DVM's. Heck in WWII, the government was taking folks and sending them into only two years of vetschool and giving them their DVM title just to take care of America's food supply. But with technology and pharmacology and all of the ups and downs that goes with it, people are demanding professionals - especially with the price of clinical services going up - they want to know they are getting serious people to take care of their pets.
My biggest and most wild fantasy is that they would divide out the species for vet school (and I even read Baxter Black's article on this too)- instead of a DVM license being all encompassing of all species, how about a DVM program just for large/food animal/equine? Then maybe exotics? Then small animal? No one wants to do large animal anymore because the pay is low and the hardship is high so large animal vets are in short supply because they won't be able to pay off their education - along with a mortgage, taking care of a family, etc. So many of my friends are in their 50's and just now paying off vet school!
Now if someone offered me a free education as a DVM, I'd go and move to small farming community and take care of horses and cows all day. I happen to love ruminants! Especially goats. But I would go only if it wouldn't put me into debt up to my eyeballs for the rest of my life. I don't care about making money, I just don't want to fight with bills until I'm 60, either. I'd be perfectly happy breaking even. The current program offered here to help payback those costs to those who agree to move to and practice at an area where large animal care is scarce IS great, but not offered to everybody - only certain folks are selected. So for me personally, my next best thing was RVT school because going for my DVM was going to take away $$ for my kids to go to school and I'd rather they had a shot at their dream first.