I am pretty sure they don't have classes in recognizing dog breeds in vet school. So talking about their education is not really relevant. They would learn about breed specific ailments perhaps but not in depth about recognizing how the breeds may look. Unless they specialize in that breed I wouldn't discount them completely for not recognizing it. My previous vet clinic had my Golden Retriever listed in the system as either a Golden mix or Golden/Setter cross until I made them fix it finally (she was a field type red Golden so everyone thought she was an Irish Setter).
I think vets and the public tend to see a lot of poorly bred examples of the breed, people always said Bianca was small (26" 70 lbs) and my Golden who was a female but at the top height of the standard for males, was always called small (she was within the weight range for females though becaus she had a slighter build being a field type not show type.)
So most people are probably used to seeing oversized dogs with poor pigment.
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Jubal/Tesla (Beauceron) 3/14/14
Bianca HIC CGC TT (GSD) 4/24/04-10/23/12