Do you love animals and science? Maybe the right profession for you is veterinary medicine! Some important things you need to know if you are interested in becoming a vet are schooling, the different types of vets, and the logistics of being a vet.
In order to become a vet, years of schooling is involved. Planning ahead, some courses that should have already been taken before college are many science classes such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, zoology, microbiology, and animal science. Most of them are required by veterinary medicine programs. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is also strongly recommended (Occupational Outlook Handbook). Another thing to consider is taking pre-veterinary courses. These courses typically emphasize science, and also business management and career development. These are especially useful for veterinarians interested in running their own practice (College Grad). Something to be aware of is that admission into veterinary medicine programs is very competitive. In 2012, less than half of the applicants were admitted into the program. A good thing to have on your application is experience, which is weighed very heavily. Particularity formal experience such as having worked with scientists in the health science field, but less formal experience such as working in an animal shelter is still helpful (Occupational Outlook Handbook).
Those admitted will be in a Veterinary Medicine program that if completed and passed, gets a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree which, in addition to a state license, qualifies to be a veterinarian! The program usually takes about four years. The first three years are spent doing classroom, lab, and clinical work then the final year is doing actual clinical rotations in a veterinary medical center or hospital (Occupational Outlook Handbook). Typical coursework could include vertebrate embryology, genetics, zoology, systemic physiology, biology, and more (College Grad). Students in the program will take the usual animal anatomy and physiology, but also additional courses such as disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment (Occupational Outlook Handbook). One thing to consider is learning about a specific animal or illness during college and possibly work with an experienced vet in that area during a two year internship (Fact Monster). As briefly state before, the requirements to become a vet are getting your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) at an accredited college of veterinary medicine, and having a state license (Occupational Outlook Handbook). Even after finishing school and getting their degree, often times vets keep taking classes to stay updated with new diseases and treatments (Fact Monster). The work is never over!
Types of Vets
Typically vets specialize in one type or group of animals. The most common is small animal vets, which take care of animals like cats, dogs, bunnies, and other usual house pets. Small...