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Would you take different college courses if you were to work with exotic animals rather than pets?

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Working with animals than you are more likely to see in zoos seems to be more challenging and an experience worth having. I know that not all animals have the same anatomy set up and I'm curious as to if you learn all the anatomy in verterinary school or just the common anatomy's such as the following; dog, cat, birds. #veterinarian #animals #exoticanimals #college-majors

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Hi Julia,

Yes, you would take different courses. From your statement above, I'd guess that you may want to explore Zoology, rather than vet school. Before you make a choice, if you will be studying in the US ( Liberal Arts system of education), you should make an appointment to speak with an advisor who will give you an outline of what your 4 years (or more) will entail depending on the Major you choose to pursue. You can also have a look at USF's website (an example), they have a very clear and detailed plan of all majors they offer. Here are links for Zoology and Vet School:

http://www.cas.usf.edu/healthprofessions/data/Veterinary%20School.pdf

http://biology.usf.edu/bioadvise/courses/zoo.aspx


These will give you a better idea of what you would be doing in your studies, and when you graduate. The first question I typically ask my students to get them to understand what they really want when they mention Vet school is this: Do you see yourself rehabilitating wild animals, or caring for pets?

Jaime recommends the following next steps:

  • You can also have a look at USF's website (an example), they have a very clear and detailed plan of all majors they offer. Here are links for Zoology and Vet School: http://www.cas.usf.edu/healthprofessions/data/Veterinary%20School.pdf http://biology.usf.edu/bioadvise/courses/zoo.aspx These will give you a better idea of what you would be doing in your studies, and when you graduate. The first question I typically ask my students to get them to understand what they really want when they mention Vet school is this: Do you see yourself rehabilitating wild animals, or caring for pets?
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