What is a Veterinarian?
Veterinarians provide medical care to animals on a daily basis. They take care of animals providing them with treatment if they are sick in addition to administering preventative medicine.
Veterinarians treat many different types of animals from household pets to larger farm animals to exotic animals found in zoos and aquariums. Veterinarians can also be found working for government agencies using their expertise to make sure that animal facilities are following appropriate medical and management guidelines.
A veterinarian can provide general medical care to animals in addition to providing specialized treatment in various areas of animal health and wellness.
Universities and research laboratories may also employ veterinarians to teach, do research and provide care for the animals housed at the university.
How do I become a Veterinarian?
Becoming a veterinarian takes a lot of hard work and dedication to both coursework and extracurricular involvement in the field of veterinary science. Veterinary schools look for diverse individuals who not only excel in the hard sciences but also find time to volunteer and gain experience in a variety of animal care facilities.
In addition to taking some English and mathematics courses, preparing to become a veterinarian entails completion of many science courses:
Although veterinary medicine is a science, being able to communicate through speech and writing are very important skills to have in the field. Most often prospective veterinary students graduate from a four-year college with a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the life sciences (i.e. biology, chemistry, animal science, etc).
Following graduation, students must attend veterinary school to receive certification as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, DVM. Veterinary schools are usually four years long, the fourth year focusing on clinical experience.
Veterinary schools are very competitive and look for students you have high grade point averages, good GRE scores, hands-on experience and unique skills that will add to the diversity of the student body.
Where can I find information about Veterinarians?
The veterinary school that you attend will provide you with information on how to find a position after receiving your DVM. The career services department at your university or college will be able to direct you to resources that fit the location and type of veterinary services you wish to pursue. Your experiences and internships at veterinary school and undergraduate school will often help you locate jobs and positions that are desirable.
A2ZColleges.com provides links to various veterinary schools that may interest you. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges also has a website that provides information about admission and acceptance statistics in addition to providing links to veterinary schools across the country.
Will I enjoy being a Veterinarian?