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What do i need to do to become a veterinarian

I am currently in high school and i aspire to become a vet. I enjoy learning about science and getting involved in volunteering opportunities. I want to gain experiences in animal clinics as well but dont know where to start.
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Julie’s Answer

Hi Nicole! Even as a high school student, you may be able to gain some experience in a vet clinic. You can start with contacting vet clinics in your area and see if they would allow you to shadow or volunteer there. Due to your age and concerns about liability, they may not allow you to actually work as an employee, but it'll be a great way to see what vets actually do. After high school, you can try to get a job as a veterinary technician or vet assistant in order to get hands-on experience. You can also look into volunteering at a local animal shelter. Shelter pets need all the help they can get, and you'll get to experience a different side of working with animals.

Beyond getting experience, you'll also need to develop good study habits. While grades aren't everything, getting into vet school is competitive and academics will definitely impact your ability to get accepted. Good luck!
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Jan’s Answer

Always focus on your goal. Work hard and if you're really serious about the profession try very hard not to let people's comments pull you down.

Utilize your talents to help others. Understand that this is a competitive situation. You want to position yourself so that you stand out. How can you do this? You can become the president of a group. It doesn't necessarily have to be regarding animals because what you're trying to show is leadership ability.

If your grades aren't high enough, keep working hard at them but don't let that discourage you. Then, build your resume. You have to have a good enough grade point average to get an interview. But then in the interview you can expand on your good qualifications by showing what type of work experience that you have with animals and in other fields.
Stay positive.
Be persistent.
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Jan’s Answer

Hi. I recommend that you first focus on getting good grades. Then you want to get as much practical experience with animals and in the profession as possible. Which is that mean? That means volunteer at a Veterinary Clinic an animal shelter help groom dogs for a dog breeder, an animal trainer, a dog groomer, or anyone who has a profession with animals. It's helpful if you know something about where you're volunteering so that you can have a good Mentor. The Veterinary Schools want people who are well-rounded. What's this mean? That means people that that only have knowledge with animals but also have other interest in other fields or Topics.
Your goal is to build a good resume that has a lot of experience on it.
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