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How many years does it take to get a bachelor in Vet science?

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Tania’s Answer

A Bachelor's of Veterinary Science does exist, but it is awarded by veterinary schools in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In these countries, veterinary school training starts right after their secondary school/high school. They attend veterinary school for 5 year and graduate with a BVetSci. While Americans can (and do) attend these schools, Americans do often after obtaining a Bachelor's in Science at a state-side 4 yr college or university before attending these international schools.

A veterinarian who is trained in the USA earns a DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine) or a VMD (Veterinary Medical Doctor). This requires 4 years of veterinary medical school most often after 4 years of college or university to earn a BS. There are some veterinary school that will admit an application after only two year of undergraduate. This candidate must complete all of the vet school prerequisite classes--get very good grade and GRE test scores-- and have good hands-on experience working with animals in a clinical or research setting. These candidate will earn a Bachelor's from that vet school and then graduate with a DVM/VMD.

Being a veterinarian takes and much school as being a medical doctor. Many veterinarians even go on to complete a 1 year intership and 3-4 years of residency to specialize. And even once a veterinarian is out of school and practicing, she/he is still always learning by reading and attending conferences. Learning more about the field and what it's like being a vet is the best way to know if you want to dedicate your whole life to the profession.

Tania recommends the following next steps:

Volunteer or Work at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter.
Find a veterinarian to talk to and who will be a mentor.
Figure out whether you like and are good at science, especially biology, and math.
Learn how much Vet school cost. All that schooling sadly is not cheap.

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Courtney’s Answer

As far as I know, there's no such thing as a bachelor's degree in Vet science. Bachelor degrees are 4 year degrees. If you want to be a vet, you would first get a bachelor's degree in some type of science like general science, biology, animal science, biochemistry, etc. Once you complete your 4 year bachelor's degree, you can then apply to vet school for the additional 4 years of DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine). During your last year of your DVM, you will be doing clinicals. Then once you've completed your DVM, you have to take the state licensing exam for Vets. So, you're looking at 8-9 years of college to become a vet. Some things you can start doing now to prepare yourself and find out if it's really what you want to do for a career: volunteer at a local zoo; volunteer at a local animal shelter; volunteer at a local vet clinic. Personally, I volunteered at both a vet clinic and zoo during high school and decided that I'd rather work at a zoo. I'm now a zookeeper.

Courtney recommends the following next steps:

Volunteer at a local: zoo; animal shelter; vet clinic

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