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Veterinary Schools - Programs and Training

Do you have more four-legged friends than two-legged ones? Does your house resemble Hotel for Dogs? Have you considered a job in animal training and grooming? Maybe it's time you look into a veterinary career.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with veterinary degrees earned a median annual wage of 479,050 in 2008. If you have an undergraduate degree and an aptitude for anatomy and science, consider attending a four-year veterinary school to help keep your furry friends healthy.

Veterinary School Requirements

Depending on the veterinary schools you are interested in, you may have to submit the following:
  • Standardized test scores (MCAT, VCAT)
  • University transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Application fees
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement
Prepare your resume and application materials, and starting researching veterinary schools.

Veterinary Professions

Are you looking for a career that doesn't require quite so much schooling? The good news is you don't have to be a doctor of veterinary medicine to work in an animal care field.
  • Veterinary Assistant: A veterinary assistant is essentially a vet's nurse, preparing exam rooms, setting up paperwork, and working with the animals before the doctor. You may join a veterinary assistant training program online and begin working almost immediately.
  • Veterinary Receptionist: If you've gone to a trade school for clerical work, you may get a job in a veterinary office or hospital, and work your way up to a more hands-on position. Animal care is more complicated than simple shots and bandaged paws.
It's never too late to make a career change. If a veterinary career sounds like something you might want to do, get online now and start assembling the pieces. Your profession in animal career awaits.

Veterinary School Specialities