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How long will it take to become a veterinarian?

How long will it take for vet tech school and then veterinary school? I want to become a vet tech first and then a veterinarian after. I’m curious how long it would take in total.

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Sarah’s Answer

The total time to become a veterinarian is usually 4 years of undergrad then 4 years of veterinary school. You do not need to become a vet tech prior in order to apply to veterinary school/become a veterinarian. However, if you'd like to work as a vet tech first, then you can either learn via experience/on the job or pursue vet tech schooling, which can range from 2-4 years total. In order to become a certified vet tech, you would then need to pass an exam in order to become licensed. There are many vet techs in the field currently who did not go to school first and are not licensed. However, depending on the state where you work, being licensed or not determines on what you are allowed to do. If you're not looking to actually work as a tech prior to vet school, then I would focus on an undergrad education that focuses on the class requirements of vet school.
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Sanad’s Answer

Following high school, the journey to becoming a veterinarian spans approximately eight years. This includes four years dedicated to obtaining your undergraduate degree, and another four years at a veterinary school to earn your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). It's a rewarding path that requires commitment and passion, but the joy of helping animals makes every step worth it.
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