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Veterinarians study, treat, and control animal injuries and diseases. They help healthy animals against stay healthy by immunization. Veterinarians also perform surgery, aid in birth, set broken bones, establish diet and exercise routines, and prescribe medicines for animals.
Of the more than sixty-one thousand veterinarians working in the United States, only about one-third treat small pets exclusively. Small-animal veterinarians usually have private practices. Many large-animal veterinarians are employed by farms, ranches, and zoos. Large-animal vets immunize cattle and treat diseases acquired by the animals. Some veterinarians who specialize in the treatment of large animals are self-employed. Also, many vets, at some point, have to put an animal down for some reason.
A large number of veterinarians work as meat and livestock inspectors. Some inspect the meat that is to be fed to members of the military, and others inspect meat sold to the public.
Veterinarians must earn a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a license to practice. There is great competition for admission into veterinary school. People who are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine have to graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. This takes four years of college, four years of veterinary school, plus special training in a specialty of choice such as small animals or large animals.
Applicants for vet school must have earned or be close to earning a bachelor's degree before applying and must take the Veterinary College Admission Test, Graduate Record Exam, or Medical College Admission Test. Likelihood of acceptance into a veterinarian school is about forty-six out of one hundred.
Earnings Per Year
The median salary for a vet is $66,590. However, an extreme specialist’s pay can reach into hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Michigan State University
Ohio State University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Missouri
Skills And Interests Needed
In order to be a veterinarian, you obviously need to love and be good with animals. You should be strong in math and science. A vet must be willing to figure things out and put a lot of work into patients. Flexibility is necessary because most vets are always on call.
Veterinarians need steady hands and the capability to witness animals at their worst moments, both physically and mentally. Compassion is especially important in the veterinary field. Lastly, a vet absolutely needs the ability to think on their feet.
Why I Want To Be A Veterinarian
I want to be a veterinarian because I love animals. I love them and want to help them to have the best lives they possibly can. Since I can remember, I have dreamed of curing them and saving their lives.
I hope to be a large animal vet specializing in farm animals. A few summers ago, I helped my neighbors take care of their farm animals, and I fell in love with the seemingly disgusting hogs and cattle. It helps that there is a very large demand for this field.