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What is required to become a veterinarian?

Ever since I was a child, I have been dreaming in becoming a veterinarian. Though I don't know where to begin. Anything is helpful. medicine veterinarian veterinary-medicine family-medicine

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Mariela,


In High School: Start preparing as early as you can
Take all the mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics courses which are available to you in middle and high school; they will open up many career opportunities in college including veterinary medicine.


In College: Undergraduate Degree Program
Choose a degree program which will provide you a strong grounding in the biological and physical sciences. Make a list of degree programs at various universities and colleges and visit them individually. Find a program that will suit your needs the best.


There are many factors to consider when choosing which schools to apply. While all 30 veterinary schools are good quality schools, there are different strength(s) that each school has to offer. You just need to match your strengths and desire with theirs when making a decision. We recommend you apply to 5 to 7 schools.


Take time to evaluate schools to determine the best schools for you and save on application costs.


Volunteer with a veterinarian to gain wide variety of animal and clinical experience, and appreciation for the veterinary medical field. This might be an opportunity to find out if veterinary medicine is for .


It is highly recommended that you get involved in student club activities, such as, Pre-Vet club which will provide you numerous opportunities to serve in your community which will provide you to interact with people from all walks of life. Make effort to hold an officer position or to serve on a committee which will provide numerous opportunities to gain leadership and communications skills. Remember admission committee is looking for tomorrow’s leaders.


These are only some tips. I hope can help you. Luck!!


Source: http://vbs.psu.edu/majors/vbs/steps-to-becoming-a-veterinarian

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Dennis’s Answer

Veterinarians must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. ... Veterinary medical colleges typically require applicants to have taken many science classes, including biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, zoology, microbiology, and animal science.
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Estelle’s Answer

To become a veterinarian, it requires a college degree followed by veterinary school.
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