I am not on the test server often. As a matter of fact I think I was only on 5 times before I took a break. I went on again to try some things out and it has changed.
Mainly, last time I was on it, I was able to be max vet level right away and gear. Now I start talking to the old guy again and doing the quest lines Was there a lot of bugs in the quest line or something that made this change?