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What step do you need to take to have a successful veterinary career

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Thank you comment icon Try to volunteer at a veterinary hospital to see how things work. There is a high rate of burnout and suicide in our profession currently which I'm hoping will change. You definitely need to LOVE school - 4 years of college and 4 years of vet school is a long time! Michelle L. Lee, DVM

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hello Chloe!

The biggest step is obviously to get i to and then through veterinary school. Leading up to that, successfully completing the prerequisite college courses is important. Ideally you can attend a college that is a good fit for you, affordable, and that offers the classes that you need for vet school admission, as well as other classes that interest you.

Also important is gaining experience in the veterinary field - ideally in several different aspects of the profession- there are many different jobs within the profession.

People skills like communication are really important too - you will need to explain to animal caretakers what is wrong, how you will diagnose it, and what to do about it. Many veterinary schools require writing and public speaking courses. If you are involved in team sports, community activities, charities, or work in a people-facing job, you can highlight that as well.

Once you have gotten through vet school, it is important to explore all the various aspects of the profession and figure out which job is right for you.

Be sure to advocate for yourself, and find the right fit. Your first job might not be your best/permanent job.

Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

Check out the AAVMC pre-vet info: https://www.aavmc.org/becoming-a-veterinarian/what-to-know-before-you-apply/pre-vet-student-resources/
Talk to veterinarians in different areas of practice, even non-clinical if you can.
Work with your school counselors and advisors to make sure that the schools you consider are good fits for you.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for giving me advice. Adrian
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Anastasia’s Answer

I have no real experience in this field BUT, I did work at a pet hospital once. The hospital is actually inside of PetsMart. I worked as the front office coordinator for about a year and learned a lot in the process. It was a full functioning vet hospital that serviced almost any animal that you can think of; birds, dogs, ferrets, and so much more. If you haven't considered it, this might actually be a good way to get some experience as to what it would be like to work in a pet hospital. You'd even get to see the different roles of the doctors, nurses, and people that they partner with for different services -- like cremations. Hope this helps!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Anastasia for the advice. Chloe
Thank you comment icon Thank you! Adrian
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