So, You Want to be a Veterinarian?

Veterinarians are highly trained medical professionals who provide for the health and quality of life of all kinds of animals. They use critical thinking skills and in-depth knowledge of biological, physical and social science to diagnose, prevent and treat animal diseases and help maintain the quality of our environment. Veterinarians are an essential part of the One Health initiative focused on preventing and controlling diseases transmitted from animals to people, and their research helps advance medical technology.

Beyond a love for animals, a veterinarian must possess:

  • An inquiring mind as well as a strong aptitude and interest in the biological sciences
  • Strong communication skills, the ability to work well with a variety of people, and the capacity to deal with an owner’s grief and loss of their pet
  • Excellent leadership and management skills for clinical practice and other structured work environments
How to Prepare in High School
  • Gain a solid background in math and science.
  • Take part in extracurricular activities (athletics, school clubs, FFA, etc)
  • Study and maintain a high GPA and high SAT/ACT scores.
  • Acquire as much experience with pets as possible. Consider volunteering at your local humane society or with a local veterinarian.
How to Prepare as a College Undergraduate
  • Follow a pre-vet or comparable curriculum that includes math and several science courses such as biology and chemistry.
  • Maintain a high GPA
  • Acquire as much exposure to veterinary medicine as possible.
  • Consider job shadowing with veterinarians, scientists, working on a farm or volunteering at an animal shelter.
  • Join a Pre-Vet club.


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