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What classes should I take to become a vet.

I am a middle school who is interested in become a vet. #veterinarian #animal-health #veterinary-technician #veterinary #animals


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Adette’s Answer

Believe it or not, people medicine and animal medicines are very similar. You learn and apply a lot of math, science, bio and chemistry. There are great schools all around the world that have a vet tech program. Most also volunteer or start as a kennel tech, and then you get hands on training.

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Mary Jane’s Answer

Hi, Jwilly,

In middle and high school you should focus on taking as many rigorous math and science classes as possible. The more experience you get with biology, chemistry, physics, and math before graduating from high school, the easier time you'll have with those courses in college. You should also work on your writing skills by doing well in your English and other writing-intensive courses.

Once you are in college, you can talk to a pre-vet advisor to determine the required courses you will need to apply to vet school. Most vet schools want you to complete biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math or statistics, and English composition. Other courses that vary by school include genetics, microbiology, physiology and anatomy, and animal nutrition.

Beyond that, vet schools really want you to have a lot of animal experience with different species and in different settings. Household pets are great, but vets are also trained to work with wildlife and farm animals, as well as exotic animals. You may not be able to volunteer or participate in summer programs until you are 16, but you could start looking online for things like volunteer and summer programs at a zoo, animal shelter, horse farm, or wildlife rehab center. Local vets sometimes also allow students to assist with cleaning kennels and assisting with minor procedures after you've shadowed for some time. Some students volunteer at agencies that train therapy animals. Search for opportunities to learn more about animals that you're not familiar with and by the time you're ready to apply to vet school, you'll have a lot of great experiences to help you explain why this is the career that's right for you. Good luck!

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