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Unfortunately yes, your attorney is correct that as a class C misdemeanor it won't qualify to be expunged. On the veterinary school application, and in job applications later on, you will be asked whether you've been arrested or convicted of a crime. So yes, it may have a negative impact in the future. Before deciding to change career paths, if veterinary medicine is something you're really interested in, I think it could be worth it to call around to a few veterinary schools and inquire about where they stand on the issue. You may very well still be admissible into their programs; most places may just want some explanation into the details surrounding the case. However, as you explained it may not have been a correct or fair accusation, and the charges were also reduced-- facts which work in your favor.
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