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Is biology the right choice?

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I am currently in community college to complete my prerequisites for a biology major. I want to transfer to UC Davis or Cal Poly Pomona because I want to become a veterinary technician and then later on advance into a veterinarian. However, I am finding chemistry to be a really difficult prerequisite to get over. I know that it'll get harder as I go on, but I'm already finding myself with no motivation and I just want to know, is biology the proper field for me if I want to be a veterinary technician? Will it be more helpful once I go back to school to complete my education to become a veterinarian? #biology #veterinarian #veterinary #animal-health #college-transfer #veterinary-technician

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Courtney’s Answer

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Maybe it's different in your state but in Texas, we can become a Vet Tech with a 2 year AAS program through our junior colleges, which only requires 1 biology class. Most of the classes are Vet Tech classes. But of the classes we take to become a Vet Tech don't apply towards a DVM degree or a bachelor's degree so becoming a vet tech first, will just slow you down and cost you more money on classes. To become a DVM you spend 4 years getting your Bachelor's Degree then 4 more years in Vet school so why would you want to add 2 more years on top of that becoming to become a Vet Tech first, when the Vet Tech classes mostly likely won't apply towards your bachelor's degree? There are many other ways to get experience working with animals while you're getting your bachelor's degree. You can work as a kennel technician at a vet clinic; do an internship at a vet clinic or zoo, etc.

Courtney recommends the following next steps:

  • Decide what your focus will be: Vet Tech or Vet School
  • Once you've decided on #1, take only classes that will get you that degree.
  • Find animal related internships you can do in your area. Check at sanctuaries; zoos; vet clinics.
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Nanette’s Answer

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Chemistry is a very difficult subject. Just get through it as best as possible. A grade of a C is still passing. I would focus on going to vet school and skip the tech program. It isn't going to help you much. Biology, Zoology, Animal Science are all good undergrad degrees that will cover the pre-requisites for vet school.

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