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Veterinary Medicine

Career Overview:

  • Veterinary medicine is wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with a range of conditions that can affect different species.
  • There are several different careers in veterinary medicine such as veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and animal behaviorists.
  • Veterinary medicine deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as disease prevention in animals of all types, from family pets to farm livestock and zoo animals.

Prerequisites for Veterinary Programs:

  • Bachelor's degree with a competitive overall gpa.
  • Completed prerequisite coursework.
  • Experience working with animals.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required by most veterinary schools, and some also require the Biology GRE. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is also accepted by some schools in place of the GRE.
  • Letter of recommendation.

Schools offering Veterinary Medicine Degrees:

In veterinary school, the 4-year education is equal to what medical school students receive – but for a number of animal species. Course subjects include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, toxicology, biochemistry, surgical techniques, and many more, as well as in-depth courses on specific animal species and body systems. The early years are mostly spent in the classroom and laboratory to prepare the students for client-owned animal patients. Veterinary students get additional education and experience during clinical rotations, seeing animal patients under the close supervision of experienced mentors.

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