I loved my time at UGA! Go Dawgs! I'd absolutely recommend attending this university, and here's why: 1)the sports are great- football and basketball student tickets are cheap, and football is the focal point of the fall. 2)nightlife- Athens has great restaurants, bars, and clubs, with very cheap drinks and food. 3)cost of living- rent is cheap (usually under $400/person/month, if you have roommates), as is tuition (less than $4,000 per year)-especially with the HOPE scholarship. Downsides: tough to meet people outside of your dorm; fraternities and sororities rule the social scene.
The veterinary school provides a nice balance of large and small animal education. The exotics program is growing, especially with cooperation with the new Georgia aquarium. The hospital facilities are currently being expanded and updated and faculty and staff arebeing augmented to meet the growing student population, My only complaints are that research opportunities are not readily available to students- you have to seek them out. To my knowledge there is no combined phd/dvm program available. I definitely recommend the UGA college of veterinary medicine to anyone interested in general practice, poultry work, or clinical specialties but I am not sure if it is the best school for someone interested in experimental/research veterinary medicine. As a general practitioner from GA I would definitely choose to go there again.
The University of Georgia was a great 4-yr college experience. There were always plenty of things to do, ranging from Sorority and Fraternity experiences to the more tame. There were societies and groups on campus for nearly every student. The dorms were clean and professionally managed. The faculty was very knowledgable and the bad faculty experiences were rare exceptions, rather than the rule. One big complaint is often the size of the University as it is a large university, but you get a small college experience as you break into your majors in the last 2 years of college and focus your studies. My only real complaint is of the beauracracy that surrounds a university of this size. I would recommend this university - particularly for someone who may not know what they want to do after college. This is a great place to try to find that path.