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What major is good to be a Vet?

I want to be a veterinarian, but I don't know what I should major in. #majors #veterinarian

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Amanda: In order to practice, a veterinarian must meet the following educational guidelines:

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biology, animal biology, or zoology

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree from an accredited college of veterinary medicine

In order to be accepted into a veterinary medical college, students should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 and prior experience working with animals. Students may be required to take some or all of the following standardized tests: GRE (Graduate Record Examination), VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test), or the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test).

I researched your question and found some links that may be of interest to help you get started on your search. FYI, my niece completed college 2018 and is going into Animal Law.

World Wide Learn.com: https://www.worldwidelearn.com/online-education-guide/science/veterinary-science-major.htm

Study.com: https://study.com/veterinarian_major.html

Steps to Becoming a Veterinarian-Penn State: https://vbs.psu.edu/majors/vbs/steps-to-becoming-a-veterinarian

Good Luck to You!

This is great advice from Sheila! Science/Animal degrees are best for Vet school also do some research as to which the university you're interested in is looking for from past alumni Stephanie Espinosa

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Samuel’s Answer

Hi Amanda! It's great you're interested in becoming a veterinarian. My wife has been a veterinarian for over 5 years and has practiced as an Associate and Head Veterinarian in both Louisiana and Texas. She shared some info with me that I think might help.

My wife graduated undergrad with a major in Biology, which was fairly common amongst her classmates in vet school. She also suggested majoring in Animal Science as an undergrad degree as well. At LSU, the benefit of majoring in Animal Science was the program consisted of 3 years of undergrad schooling prior to vet school - as opposed to 4 years with most degrees. By taking Animal science, the 1st year of vet school counted towards the 4th year of the AS undergrad degree, so one could graduate from all schooling a little earlier. With that said, it totally depends on the school you attend and the major you choose.

My wife also mentioned that she had vet school classmates that graduated from undergrad with Math and even Education degrees and still got into vet school. In summary, your options may be more vast than expected. I'd suggest finding a major that does 2 things: highly interests you and also helps prepare you for vet school curriculum. However, the main things one must have to be accepted to vet school is stellar grades and volunteer/intern experience due to the lower number of vet schools in the US (compared to most degrees) and the competitiveness to be accepted.

I hope this helps and good luck!

Samuel recommends the following next steps:

Follow this link for pre-veterinary advice: https://www.ut.edu/academics/college-of-natural-and-health-sciences/pre-veterinary-medicine-advising
Follow this link to learn about the veterinary program at the University of Florida: https://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/