Pre-Veterinary

Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.

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Profession overview

Veterinarians typically do the following:

Veterinarians in private clinical practices treat the injuries and illnesses of pets and other animals with a variety of medical equipment, including surgical tools and x-ray and ultrasound machines. They provide treatment for animals that is similar to the services a physician provides to treat humans.

There are several types of veterinarians, including companion animal veterinarians, equine veterinarians, food animal veterinarians, food safety and inspection veterinarians, and research veterinarians.

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Is veterinary medicine a possible career path for you?

Do you have the following qualities? If so, veterinary medicine might be a good fit for you!

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Professional education

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Years of Study

Four years. A BS/BA degree is recommended but not required for admission to the majority of programs.

Licensure

Graduates of accredited DVM programs must pass a state licensure exam in order to practice.

Choosing a veterinary medicine program

Choose a program carefully based upon factors that are important to your own learning needs. Consider program content, geographic location, faculty; facilities, experiential training opportunities, class size, student demographics, extracurricular opportunities, and cost.

For state-supported public institutions, legal residence may have a significant impact on admissions decisions. Private institutions may offer out-of-state and foreign applicants a greater number of positions as compared to state-supported, public institutions.

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