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What do i need to do in university to become a vet?

I'm homeschooling, so i'll be done with school a lot earlier than the rest of my age group. I want to become a vet, but i have no clue how to become one. I know i need a bachelor's, but i don't know how to get it or how long it will take and i'm looking for a few loopholes, so that i don't need to study and do vet school for 7 years... I have no idea how this works and could really use someone with expierence to explain it to me... veterinarian college degree veterinary-medicine veterinary


Thanks guys! That really helped! K B.

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Hi!

Often looking up requirements and admission statistics to get into a program you aspire to attend is a good way to understand what you will need to do. In this case UC Davis, ranked #1 for Veterinary Schools by US News, may be a good place to start:
- https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/admissions/application-statistics
- https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/admissions/criteria-admission
- https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/admissions/academic-preparation-preveterinary-required-courses

Listed here there are a number of college classes you would need to take including biology, chemistry, and physics classes. These classes will best overlap with most college's biology major classes.

In addition to classes, there may be requirements such as veterinary experience hours. Check with grad student programs' requirement list before applying for colleges.

It is similar to med school where vet school has specific requirements, takes about four years, and requires passing a board exam.

There are other roles in a vet's office, such as a vet tech. Gaining experience with animals by volunteering is a great way to get started, see what other roles are out there, and see if being a vet would be a good fit for you.

Jeremy recommends the following next steps:

1. Earn a bachelor's degree and finish required classes (~4 years)
2. Complete veterinary requirements (which for UC Davis currently includes 1) 2.5 GPA or higher 2) 180 veterinary experience hours 3) Three professional recommendations with at least one from a veterinarian 4) Successful completion of the required prerequisites (courses must have a grade of C and higher; a C- will not be accepted) 5) A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university).
3. Earn a Veterinary Medicine program (~4 years)
4. Gain experience & pass board exam
5. Be a vet!
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