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To become a veterinarian what classes should i take in high school

Asked Wilmington, Vermont

i would like to become a veterinarian, and would like to know which classes would be beneficial to take in my high school career. As well as any schools for veterinarians in the eastern United States. #doctor #veterinarian #veterinary-medicine #animals #animal-health

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Daniela’s Answer

Updated State of Goiás, State of Goiás, Brazil

Hi Kyle,

While in high school, you should pay attention to your performance in science courses such as Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. Also pay attention to math courses, such as Trigonometry, Geometry, and other courses used in science classes.

In the eastern United States, we have the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people.The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.

The College offers a doctorate in veterinary medicine and post-doctoral training of interns and residents.It also offers a college-wide interdisciplinary master’s degree in veterinary and biomedical sciences, a master's and a PhD in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, dual-degree programs such as the DVM-Masters of Public Health (DVM-MPH) and the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training (DVM-PhD) programs, as well as post-DVM master’s degrees in avian medicine and food animal medicine. Doctoral degree programs are offered in physiology, pharmacology, pathology, parasitology, and infectious diseases.

More details in: http://vet.uga.edu/aboutus

All the Best!

Kelly’s Answer

Updated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Prior to college, veterinary schools are really looking for a well rounded person. You should do well academically, especially in the sciences, but the most important thing to do at this point is get exposure to many different things, including but not limited to: volunteering or working with a veterinarian, or other animal care situation, such as a shelter. Establishing a relationship now will help you get recommendations later. Do something unique and interesting to make your application stand out. It doesn't have to be animal related. Develop leadership and emotional resiliency, and demonstrate your personality.

In college, your advisors will tell you what classes you need for pre-requisites to veterinary medicine. Other than that you can truly take any major in undergraduate school. Some people insist that pre-vet is the easiest route to take, but biology and chemistry are perfectly valid majors. I also attended Veterinary college with people who had entirely different careers and decided to go back to school to become a veterinarian - there was a Math major and a Biology teacher in my class, among others.

There are fewer veterinary colleges than there are states. Most veterinary colleges either preferentially accept in state applicants, or only take in state applicants (and those neighboring states who have no college of Veterinary Medicine). If your state has a veterinary college you should definitely apply to that, and then expand your application to as many other veterinary colleges as you can - you can do it all with one form when you get to that point, just check a box. You'll have to get an undergraduate degree and take a bunch of tests first beforehand though, so you shouldn't get ahead of yourself.