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.
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