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How many years did you go to college?

I'm in the 9th grade and I want to be a vet

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Isabella’s Answer

I am not a vet but to answer your question .... I did 5.5 years of college for a Bachelor's degree, and Master's degree in engineering, and then later in my career I did an MBA which took me 4 years part-time while working. Think of college as part of your life ... not something to rush through, but something to live through, garner new experiences and just be. Look into programs that offer scholarships, even partial ones, some work study options ... I had a great time during my college years. Look for a college that fits YOUR needs and make the most of it. Remember, the right college is the college that is right for YOU . Check out their job placement options as well. And how much it costs. That is key as well. You want value for money.
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TRAVIS’s Answer

Vet school takes awhile. But being in the 9th grade you are in a good position to start earning college credits now. Enroll in any dual credit or AP courses while in high school right now. You may be able to complete much of your first two years of college while still in high school. This will save you time and thousands of dollars. Once you are able to qualify to take CLEP tests, you may want to look into that as well. Those are an excellent way to earn college credits as well.
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Suzanne’s Answer

It's great to be planning ahead when you're in the ninth grade. Not too early to start considering all the options out there. The typical path to becoming a vet is to go to college for a bachelor's degree which would include specific courses required to apply to vet school. College is generally a four year process. Following that you apply to and get accepted by a veterinary school which, again, is a four year process. It's my understanding that many vets go into general practice at that point (once they pass their licensing exams) but some will do further training depending on what they want to do as vets.

If this pathway sounds like more than what you are looking for, another career working directly with animals is being a vet tech (sometimes called vet nursing). It's my understanding that this is either 2 or 4 years of college depending on where you go and what you want to do. Licensing and certification exams are required depending on your state.

Good luck and write back when you have other questions.
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