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How to become a veterinarian and the benefits they have.

The job of a veterinarian is very interesting. There are lots of interesting facts about being a veterinarian. They constantly work with animals. Also, they use what human doctors use in their offices. Unfortunately, there are no chances for promotion. To become a veterinarian, a person must complete four years of college. During that time they work on subjects like biology and animal science. After that, the student takes a test to get their license. In the end, the person is left with a great job.

Being a veterinarian involves duties that they must complete daily. One of them is the job of performing surgery. Veterinarian’s, due to the many animal disease present, can perform surgery to help an animal get well. Another duty that a veterinarian has is to treat minor illnesses. Illnesses, like rabies, can cause problems in animals and humans. It is very important that veterinarians quarantine this disease. Finally, the veterinarian has the duty of inspecting food. They inspect the produce in a food industry to make sure no disease is contained in the produce. Those are some of the duties of a veterinarian.

Veterinarians work long hours during their job. They normally work sixty hours at week. If they work as solo practitioners, they can work weekends. That is the schedule of a veterinarian.

A veterinarian earns a pretty good salary. The normal earning for when they start their job is $35,800 a year. As they gain experience, their salary moves the average $66,590 a year. Finally, their ultimate salary can be $118,430 a year. That is the earning of this job.

There are many locations where a veterinarian can work. One is an animal hospital. Another place where a veterinarian is useful is a farm. The last place that veterinarians can work is at a zoo. All these places at which a veterinarian can work are either indoor or outdoor. That is where veterinarians can work.

There aren’t a lot of levels of positions for veterinarians. The people to whom they answer are either the federal agencies that own the clinic or the state’s government. Also, the people who help out the veterinarians are either interns or pre-vet students. Those are the positions in the workplace.

The tools that veterinarians use are pretty much the same as doctors. They use a stethoscope, surgical instruments, and diagnostic equipment. These tools are used every day by the veterinarian. That is why these tools are so important.

Jobs in this field are growing very rapidly. The current demands have become way above normal. Also, the future outlook for this job is expected to have even more growth. That is the outlook of this job.

The undergraduate degree is one of the most important parts of becoming a veterinarian. During this time, a student must get their bachelor’s degree. It takes between two to four years to get this degree. Also, they can major in biological and physical sciences, general arts, and humanity. Also there is the choice of pre-veterinary training at a Jr. College. One school a student can get this training from is Louisiana State University. Finally, the total cost of this degree comes to $56,376. That is the minimum requirement of education for becoming veterinarian.

After you get your bachelor’s degree you can go to a veterinary school. There are twenty- seven colleges in the United States from which students can receive the degree. Some of the colleges are Louisiana State University, Colorado State University, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The length of study for this degree is four years. The total cost of this degree is $47,989. Once the student gets its license, you must take test to show you are up to date on any veterinary advances. That is the graduate education for this job.

In conclusion, becoming a veterinarian still seems to be the job for me. With the cost of education and the time of going to school opposing my salary and my lack of chances for promotion, my job seems like it will be very difficult to start. Still, positive aspects, like working with animals, and having a job that can do so much for the world, are way better than the negative aspects. In the end this job is just to perfect for me.

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  1. Lindsay

    On December 5, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    I have been thinking of becoming a vet and I am currently looking online and thinking of talking to my vet about the job. Ive been having my own doubts about becoming a vet but your article really helped me realize that I can do this. I love animals and I was in school to become an elementary teacher even though I really don’t have a passion for children. It finally dawned on me that I could become a vet. Animals have always had a strong hold on my heart, for example; in my 19 years being alive I have had two cats and two dogs. My cats died when they were about 18 and I still have my dogs and I love them to death. The more I think about being a vet the more I think about how stupid I was not to think of it earlier. Thank you so much for shareing your experience because now I am positive that I want to be a vet. Thank you!

  2. Emily

    On January 16, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Hi, I would like to sya hi!!

  3. Emily

    On January 16, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Hi, I would like to say that I have wanted to become a vet since I was three. I love animals and currently have three dogs, Jesse a chocolate lab, Jingle Bell a greyhound, and Daisy Mae a miniature dachshund. I also have eight horses two halflingers John and Dandy, two clydales Whinnie and Blaze, one arabian Pickle, one palomino Pumpkin, one paint Amber, and one Tennesse Walker Vanity. I also have multiple cats,Black Beauty, Fluffly, Bugsy, Lil Tim, Chancey, Lee, and Caroline. I also have three fish Pedro, Sailor, and Snowflake. I love animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Caryn

    On March 17, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    ive wanted to be vet since the first time i touched an animal whih was when i was one or two (i mean i can’t remember i just love animals) i have 15 horses, 11 cats, 9 dogs, and 1 turtle. i love it!

  5. michelle

    On April 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    this has helped me alot.i am looking forword to becoming a vet.i hope i make it:)

  6. Darlene

    On April 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Do all veterinarians perform surgery?

  7. Elayne

    On April 8, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    hello there,
    just wanted to say thank you for this opportunity in reading your article on being a vet. it really helped me alot and i now fully understand on what it is like.
    i am currently doing an agriculture career project on my future job. ( a veterinarian) =]

  8. Emily

    On April 29, 2008 at 7:08 am

    I have wanted to become a vet for a long time but I was having doubts because of the cost to go to school for 8 years. Now that I have read this article I am having less doubts because I realized that you do it for the love of animals and I want to help them. I will find a way to make it through college just for the animals. This article opened my eyes more about why I want to become a veterinarian and why I would love to.

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    On May 15, 2008 at 9:53 pm

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  10. lilly slaby

    On May 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I can’t wait to work at the vets office. I have one dog named
    muffin. it’s a cocapoo spainuel/poddle.I love her. My sis torimets her.

    with love,
    lilly slaby
    P.S. my sis is 12 and still sleeps with a stuffed animal wich is a pooh pupet. bye

  11. Denali

    On May 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I am also a big fan of becoming a veterinarian. I love animals. I have read this article because I am doing a research paper on my career & I am glad that I came upon this article because it gave me all the information that I needed. This has been a great deal of help to me. I hope that it will help you too.

  12. Joe

    On June 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I love animals. I always have and always will. I want to become a vet when im older(im 13 years old); I have been studying animals since I was 10. I hope I go to collage and study animals. I just don’t want to disect anything (I think its inhumain).

  13. Candace Wade

    On June 23, 2008 at 10:31 am

    HI…..i’ve just graduated from high school and attending Mississippi State University in the fall to start my under graduate program. I love animals with all my heart and soul. I always wanted to be a vet since before i can remember. My family is pressuring me to become a human doctor. But i want to wake up and love my job and not dread going to work, from reading this article i know this is what i want to do!

  14. WTF33

    On July 5, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Dearest Little Billy,

    I am a veterinarian and I would like to shed some light upon you and all of your misguided readers as to the truth about veterinarians. Let’s begin. Firstly, we don’t constantly work with animals. Many times we work very closely with the owners, explaining to them the condition of their pets. Also, there are many, many opportunities for a promotion. It all depends on where and who you work with or for. While it is true that you have to attend undergraduate school before veterinary school, you don’t have to complete a undergraduate degree. Many students go to veterinary school after only two years of undergraduate school. However, they still must take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) to get in.

    Not all veterinarians perform surgery every day. There may be many days where you simply provide preventative medicine, such as vaccinations. I chuckled (aka wet my pants) after reading how you described the horrible and life threatening disease of rabies as a minor illness. Rabies is a very serious disease. Serious like the man with candy driving the van with no windows. You want to stay away from it. Next, veterinarians don’t inspect produce. Ever. When’s the last time you went to the supermarket and saw the vet checking out a head of lettuce? Granted I do enjoy a couple of melons every now and then, but we are not in charge of inspecting the nation’s produce supply. We are however granted the right to inspect the nation’s meat supply. The USDA hires veterinarians to do this job.

    Veterinarians have different hours. Not all vets work 60 hour weeks. Some work much less, some much more. It all depends on what that person wants. This will also change the person’s salary. The average vet graduates and begins with a salary of around 70,000 dollars. As the years go by that person can negotiate for salary increases and bonuses. It’s not unusual for veterinarians to make over 100,000 dollars a year when all is said and done. I can’t think of one clinic that is owned by the federal government. While there are some vets that work for the federal government, most clinics are privately owned. Also, pre-vet students and interns are not the only people that work at a vet office. There are receptionists, vet techs, vet nurses, residents, externs, interns, students, etc.

    You are correct in saying that there is a great need for vets. There is a shortage of veterinarians and there are many programs in place to help students become vets. You need to have a very good grade point average (somewhere around a 3.8) and a good GRE score (the higher the better). It is also very good to have some veterinary experience. Many people can’t make it into vet school because it is very competetive and decide to go to med school instead. Also, the cost of vet school varies from place to place. It is usually more if you are an out of state student. Just be sure to check at whichever university you want to go to.

    In conclusion, the veterinary profession is a great one. There are many positive things about it and hey if you don’t make it, just go to medical school. I’m sure the D.O. schools would be happy to have you along. But if you try hard, eat your veterinarian inspected veggies, drink you pasturized milk, say your prayers to whichever God you worship, and buy on U.S. manufactured products, you too may be able to partake in one of the greatest professions in the world!

    Best of luck!

  15. VET

    On August 11, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Wow, That was a hillarious depiction of what it is to be a vet. It is really hard and just because you love animals does not mean you would make a good vet. I am glad someone covered what this article did not…I love the job, but you have no idea what you are getting yourself into. Hard classes and competition. Plus, working at a vet hospital is fun, but you basically just do disgusting menial tasks. As well, you get exposed to a lot of disgusting things…like mange. And getting covered in pee is an almost daily occurance…as well you can get fecal matter shot into your eyes (anal glands!)….if you can deal with that stuff and not complain every second, you might have a shot. Maybe.

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    On September 12, 2008 at 8:05 am

    heyy! im working on making it into FSU! AND THIS HAS helped alot!!!! and so thankyou!

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  26. kristen

    On November 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I absolutely adore animals i am currently enrolled in early college and trying to maintain at least a 4.0 so when i transfer i won’t have a problem getting into the classes i have to have to become a vetrinarian every body wish me luck i have an EOC coming up shortly and got to have algebra to be a vet ROCK ON ANIMAL LOVERS

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  28. Jasmine Kinsler

    On December 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I’m currently attending Santa Fe Community College. I just changed my major from biology to agriculture. I want to pursue a career to be a veterinarian, so did I make the right decision of changing my major to agriculture?

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    On April 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm

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    On September 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I have always wanted to become a vet and then i started having doubts about it. I read this and i was like wow. Now im sure I want to be a vet. I know it takes alot of hard work to take care of the animals but I’ve been doing that since i was about 5. I have 5 dogs,6 cats, and 1 Dwarf hamster. My dogs are Mae(Cocker Spaniel/ poodle) Lily (Maes sister also Cocker Spaniel/ poodle), Bubba (Mae’s husband :) ) Bubbalina (maes and bubbas daughter) and Bodidly or Bo ( Rotweiler mix hes 5 years in dog years. and the only dog thats not part cocker spaniel.)

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    On January 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

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  45. helen

    On January 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

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  46. emilee jones

    On February 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

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  47. Keandra Burton

    On February 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    ive been wanting to be a vet since i started high school, because i think animals are really cool, and fun to be around(sometimes they are even better than people) but right now I am a Freshmen in high school, and I am looking for a college or university.=P =U

  48. brittany

    On April 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    What are the benefits of being a veterinarian?

  49. AJ

    On April 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Wow I am not a Veterinarian myself, but from this information; I could tell you that a whole section of it is incorrect, if not a wild guess based upon random assumptions and thoughts. It really sounds completely unknowledgable .

    Anyway I would suggest you could get some books from the library and what not and reevalute the information that you provided here.

    I would also advise that if any one is doing a report or something like that, please get some factual information from an actual veterinarian, or a university website even.

    I am not trying to bash what you put up, but I even had to question a couple of the aspects you had mentioned about being a veterinarian, especially with the promotion and produce aspects.

    Good luck though and becoming a veterinarian is just as difficult as being one. Sure once you actually get past all of the blood, sweat, and tears to become one; there is a little more room for breathing; but it still is a very involved and consuming career path. It takes more than just “I love all animals” to get through many of the hardest times you will ever have to go through while being a veterinarian. It’s kind of rediculous to hear a good deal of society thinking that Veterinarians are just people that sit around with their stethoscope hanging around their neck hugging and kissing on puppies and kittens all day long.

    Anyhow I say if you really have a passion for animals NOT only the good side but the bad and ugly side as well; then you should look into pursing a field in veterinarian medicine. If not, well try to find another career path involving animals; and there are many of them out there!

    Yes however despite all of that above; I think that a veterinarian career seems to be one of the best careers an individual could ever be involved in. I myself would love to pursue the career, but I always keep in the back of my mind that this is an extremely competitive and challenging field and their will be many disadvantages along with the advantages. However what will keep me going is the passion I have for this amazing career as well as these incredible animals.

  50. Tara

    On May 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I am 13 years old and we are doing a career project in CRL (career related learning) We have to choose a career and research it, make a poster and show what we have learned. I really want to become a veterinarian. I love animals and I enjoy being around them and helping them. I think that it would be the perfect career for me. I am finding tons of schools that offer what I need, I have good grades and Iam planning to keep those good grades all through my high school years. I am heading into high school next year and i have already signed up for classes that will help me to become a veterinarian later in life when I graduate. And this site has really gave me the confidence to keep on trucking to become my dream, thank you :)

  51. Jenn Wunder

    On September 15, 2010 at 9:29 am

    i am going to become a vet and go to college for 4 years and get my degree. i will study science and biology and work hard. i love animals and they are the world to me. so i would want to see them live.

  52. Logan

    On December 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Im doing a paper on this job. But what are some positive aspects of it? I mean it says working with animals but what else?

  53. Talya Jensen

    On February 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Excuse me… hello I am in 8th grade and my language arts teacher gave us a project to pick a career and i chose to be a veterinarian… so can you tell me some interesting things about working with animals. what sickness is most common. how many animals do vets treat each year.

    by the way : can you please reply be for the 15th because that is when the papers due. thanks

  54. alex

    On April 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    wowww u guys are crazy.! this is a website about animal u guys are O C(out control) anyways dontt care i love animals n ive always wanted to be a vet n i knoww this is the career for me justt sayingg.! and i really dont care if i get peed on i lovee animals.!!!!!!!

  55. shaquan

    On April 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

    everyone cares about animals some way or another………………………….

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