What Does a Veterinarian Do?
What is a Veterinarian?
• A Veterinarian is a person qualified to treat
diseased or injured animals. Veterinarians care
for the health of animals. They diagnose,
treat, or research medical conditions and
diseases of pets, livestock, and animals in
zoos, racetracks, and laboratories.
• 2010 Median Salary :
$82,040 per year
$39.44 per hour
Doctoral or professional degree
Doctoral degrees are the highest degree in a field, and are
research degrees. If you get an MD, you can treat patients. If you
get a PhD in medicine, you're doing research. While professional
degrees take 3-4 years depending on the degree, the doctoral
takes a different amount of time depending on the person, and is
usually 4-8 years after the bachelors degree.
On – the – job Training
You don’t need experience or job
training to be a Veterinarian.
All you need is to attend
college / university to get your degree.
How to become a Veterinarian
Veterinarians must have a
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
degree and a state license.
To pursue a veterinary career, what
should be done in high school?
Take as many courses in biology, math, and
other sciences (including chemistry, physics, and
anatomy and physiology) as you can manage
while in high school – this will help you prepare
for your college courses, and also help you
decide if this is the right path for you.
What should a veterinary student
A student in veterinary school will have a
strong medical- and science-based
curriculum with all of its associated
challenges. During the first two years of
study students take anywhere from 17 –
22 semester hours of science course work
per semester. You can expect to attend
class from 8:00 a.m. in the morning to
about 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. during the week,
and then expect an average of 35 more
hours of homework.
What about AFTER veterinary school?
After finishing the required veterinary degree,
you can be a practicing veterinarian once you
have passed the national exam and the exam for
the state in which you’re going to practice
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