Medical Professions Resources Directory: Veterinarian
How To Become A Veterinarian
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Becoming a veterinarian starts at and early age. If you want to become a veterinarian chances are you love animals and you would do anything to heal them. Your veterinarian education is, of course, the most obvious of the criteria you must satisfy on your quest to become a veterinarian.
In high school...
Traditionally, your high school years are an excellent time to start considering what you’ll have to achieve — scholastically — to gain entrance to veterinary school. Take biology and chemistry very seriously because how much you learn here impacts how well you perform in college. While veterinary school admission offices don’t review high school grades, high GPA and SAT scores pave the way for entrance to more prestigious schools. And most veterinary schools certainly consider the quality of your undergraduate education.
Most veterinary schools require four years of undergraduate education before they’ll accept your application. Some will consider you after three years if you’ve completed your prerequisites. Check with each school you’re considering, and make sure you know what their entrance requirements are. The most common requirements include: very specific science coursework; a minimum GPA; and either the VCAT (the veterinary version of the medical school entrance examination, the MCAT) or the GRE. Good grades are essential. Excellent grades make things much easier but aren’t strictly necessary.
By this time your work experience is becoming more of a factor for veterinary schools each year. Usually this includes a position at an animal hospital, another animal-related job or science/medical position. Not only does this demonstrate that you have an affinity for veterinary medicine or animal life, in general, but it speaks to your level of commitment to the field. The following positions may be useful as summer jobs or year-round after-school work in either High School or college.
Working for a veterinarian you could work for a large animal practitioner or small animal veterinarian but it is important that you be consistent. If you want to become a big animal practitioner then you should have experience working in an environment before you apply to a veterinary school. You could work with animals in a zoo, farm, pet store, a state park or a stable. Or you could work in a science or medicine related field. You could do anything from cleaning the glassware in a laboratory demonstrates or laboratory work on the animals.
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