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Do you have to get all higher degrees to become a veterinarian?

I want to become a veterinarian because i love animals and i loving caring for them as well. I want to be able to get there the best way I can but I'm not sure if all the years I've counted to become one are necessary. I know i have to do a total of 6-8 years and I'm also aware that i have to get a masters and advanced degree so I'm not at entry level entry level. Is there a different route to take to get there?
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Courtney’s Answer

First you'll need a bachelor's degree. Some vet schools will require that it be in science, others just want you to have a Bachelor's Degree and they don't care what it's in. But if your serious about it a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science would be a good option. Then you'll have to apply to a vet school to get your DVM, which will take you another 4 years. Here's a good website on getting into a vet school and what you need to do leading up to that point.

https://www.avma.org/public/Careers/Pages/vet-school-admission-101.aspx


Also, be sure to do some volunteer work or internship at a vet clinic to make sure it's really what you want to do before you spend 4 more years getting your DVM and go into further tuition debt.


I interned at a vet clinic during high school and realized that it was boring and depressing, for me at least. I spent most of my days with cats and dogs taking temps, giving shots, and sitting with crying owners while their pets were being put down.


I also volunteered at a zoo and found it much more exciting and interesting because I got to work with all different kinds of animals. I got to help train them to receive check-ups, feed them, build their enclosures, create their enrichments, hand raise babies, etc. In the end, I became a zookeeper and I love it!

Courtney recommends the following next steps:

Go online with the vet school you're interested in and look at their pre-requisite and application process.
Volunteer/intern at a vet clinic
volunteer/intern at a zoo
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Todd’s Answer

Good job researching the information you have already. In LA the vet school is at LSU. If you have not already, you should call the Vet School ( or go online) and get info from the office of admissions. This will include a list of Pre requisites or courses & other things you must fulfill to apply. You do not have to get a masters degree to do this, but that would be great on your application. It is usually better to get some sort of degree since the number of hours of undergraduate study required to fulfill the list of prerequisties is long, makes up most of a dgree plan, and it would be silly to do most of the work to graduate and then not get a degree.

Todd recommends the following next steps:

The vet school may have programs for applicants, so call them and ask alot of questions. Be ready with a list of questions. You may find out things talking to someone that you cant online. In Texas they have days you can visit and tour the vet school. Be polite, but persistant , and if the first person cant help, ask if there is someone else you can talk to. Also, ask counselors and instructors at your current school for advice. Call local shelters, vets, animal organizations, etc for opportunites to visit, work, and volunteer. Good luck.
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Sarah’s Answer

To get accepted into a Veterinary program, you typically need a 4 year college degree with a science major ( in order to complete all the prerequisites). The admissions staff do look at your grades closely so doing well, especially in the science based courses, is important. But grades are not everything. They are looking for well rounded students who do have experience with animals.


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