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What steps should i take to become a veterinarian


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Bianca’s Answer

I recommend exploring the career by connecting with a variety of veterinarians to make sure it is a good fit for you and to get some excellent motivation for the many college years ahead. Either these connections with make you really excited about the career and know you're on the right path for college, or it may help you understand that you want something different. I recommend contacting veterinarians in your community by calling the offices to leave a message for the vet, letting them know that you are interested in a mentorship. Veterinarians may be open to you coming into the office to watch them work for a couple of hours, or may be available to meet you for lunch on a break to discuss the career. Come with questions - What are your favorite parts of the job? What are your challenges? What colleges do you recommend? What do you with you did differently? What options for a career does a veterinary degree offer?

I recommend connecting with a few different people to get a nice understanding of the options for you. I volunteered at two shelters and shadowed those veterinarians (& asked them lots of questions) as well as helped out at two small animal veterinary clinics and at a goat farm that was owned by a vet to understand more about the variety of career opportunities. Your local zoo may be a nice option, and I encourage studying abroad if you have the opportunity. I studied with wildlife veterinarians and biologists in South Africa and gained both domestic and wildlife experience there as well as a great adventure and lifelong connections abroad.

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Mansi’s Answer

Step-by-Step Process of Becoming a Veterinary Doctor

Step 1: Get a Bachelor's Degree.
Step 2: Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) .
Step 3: Complete the DVM Program.
Step 4: Obtain a License.
Step 5: Look for an Additional Certification.

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Julie’s Answer

A great first step is to start volunteering at a local veterinarian office. This is a good way to see what the job is really like and also get some real world experience while making contacts that could later become professional references.

You should also focus on math and science courses as you will major in these in college. If you can take college prep or AP courses, this will also help prepare you well for college. As you think about college, you will want to look for schools with strong science programs.


But what age to i have to be to volunteer Tamia W.

You would have to check with the specific policies of the vet office since it may vary from place to place. Some offices may let you volunteer as young as a 14-16 years old with parental permission. Other places may require you to be 18. The best piece of advice is to check with your local vet office and find out what their polices are. Julie McReynolds

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