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How To Become A Vet. (Veterinarian)
What Veterinarians Do
Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to imrove public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.
Work Environment
Although most veterinarians work in private clinics and hospitals, others travel to farms, work in laboratories or classrooms, or work for the government.
The median annual wage for veterinarians was $84,460 in May 2012.

How to Become a Veterinarian
Veterinarians can choose specialties such as companion animals or farm animals.
Veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited veterinary college and a state license.

Veterinarians must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are currently 29 colleges with accredited programs in the United States. A veterinary medicine program generally takes 4 years to complete and includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical components.

Although not required, most applicants to veterinary school have a bachelor’s degree. Veterinary medical colleges typically require applicants to have taken many science classes, including biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, zoology, microbiology, and animal science. Most programs also require math and humanities and social science courses.

Admission to veterinary programs is very competitive, and fewer than half of all applicants were accepted in 2012.

In veterinary medicine programs, students take courses on normal animal anatomy and physiology, as well as disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Most programs include 3 years of classroom, laboratory, and clinical work. Students typically spend the final year of the 4-year program doing clinical rotations in a veterinary medical center or hospital. In veterinary schools today, increasingly, courses include general business management and career development classes, to help new veterinarians learn how to effectively run a practice.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
All states and the District of Columbia require veterinarians to have a license. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require prospective veterinarians to complete an accredited veterinary program and to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. Veterinarians working for the state or federal government may not be required to have a state license, because each agency has different requirements.

Most states require not only the national exam but also have a state exam that covers state laws and regulations. Few states accept licenses from other states, so veterinarians who want to be licensed in another state usually must take that state’s exam.

The American Veterinary Medical Association offers certification in 40 specialties, such as surgery, microbiology, and internal medicine. Although certification is not required for veterinarians, it can show exceptional skill and expertise in a particular field. To sit for the certification exam, veterinarians must have a certain number of years of experience in the field, complete additional education, and complete a residency program, typically lasting 3 to 4 years. Requirements vary by specialty.

Although graduates of a veterinary program can begin practicing once they receive their license, some veterinarians pursue further education and training.

Other Experience
When deciding whom to admit, some veterinary medical colleges weigh experience heavily. Formal experience, such as work with veterinarians or scientists in clinics, agribusiness, research, or some area of health science, is particularly advantageous.

Important Qualities
Compassion. Veterinarians must be compassionate when working with animals and their owners.

Decision-making skills. Veterinarians must decide the correct method for treating the injuries and illnesses of animals. Deciding to euthanize a sick animal, for instance, can be difficult.

Interpersonal skills. Strong communication skills are essential for veterinarians, who must be able to discuss their recommendations and explain treatment options to animal owners and give instructions to their staff.

Management skills. Management skills are important for veterinarians who are in charge of running private clinics or laboratories, or directing teams of technicians or inspectors.

Manual dexterity. Manual dexterity is important for veterinarians, because they must control their hand movements and be precise when treating injuries and performing surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Veterinarians need strong problem-solving skills because they must figure out what is ailing animals.


  1. I will do it for the animals. I am willing to do anything at all. I do small study, and vet medical kits.

  2. can you still try to enroll In veterinarian school with a GED I took mine and had perfect scores on all test.

  3. I am a vet student in China ,but where people and educational system don't pay prominent role to it

  4. I do to

  5. I want to become a veterinarian. I'm 9 years old, but I thought I would be a better veterinarian if I start trying to become one early. I want to help animals, but not only dogs, cats and birds.. It would be great if I would become a vet at the Korkeasaari zoo which is in Finland. I would love it. As much as I love animals. Does it matter if you've never had a pet before but you still have experience with them? Because I've never had one.. My dad is allergic to dogs. And my mom doesn't like cats.

  6. I`m 11 year old and me and my two friends are going to be a veterinarin

  7. 34 here,I believe am the oldest who decided to become a vet on this page,my class will start next spring,wish all of you dream come true

  8. I wish I want to become a doctor

  9. I am ten I want to be a vet

  10. omg thanks when im in college im going to be a vet and you made me understand how to be a vet

  11. I'm sorry but what I'd a GPA in the uk?


  13. I want to be a vet but it's in high demand, so my back-up plan is a psychologist


  15. it sounds hard but I'm going to reach my goal in Jesus name

  16. and i love to to go to vet school

  17. hi am Brianna hairston I I'm 10 and l would like to be a vet for my job for when I grow up

  18. she is wet

  19. If the program I want to apply to only requires one year of prerequisites then should I only do that? Is there any chance I'll get in? I don't want to get a bachelors.

  20. I am 9 and i want to be a vet

  21. I can go to university at 17! But the veterinary uni in the Netherlands is way too full..

  22. We need to build more veterinary schools!

  23. I'm 9yrs I'm interested

  24. i am 12 and have known i wanted to be a veterinarian for my whole life. and live and breath for animals, and have never favouritism with animals I love each and every animal(agressive, calm, scaly, furry, black, white or rodents).

  25. ahhhh 8 yrs …….let me think

  26. helpful

  27. im only 8!! and i really am doing all i can for animals i still try and be a little vet🙁🙁🙁i really feel bad for animals in the street i love them.


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