Veterinarian Careers

Career Overview

Veterinarians provide medical treatment and diagnosis for animals. Seventy-seven percent of veterinarians treat pets in private practices. However, veterinarians can also treat animals in farms, zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. Some veterinarians also do research on animal illnesses and illnesses carried from animals to human. Veterinarians vaccinate and medicate animals and advise owners on proper treatment of their pets, setting fractures, and performing surgeries when necessary.

Education Requirements

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD)

There are 28 colleges that meet this accreditation standard set by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association in the United States. Prerequisites for getting into a veterinary program vary; not all programs require a Bachelor’s degree. However, they do require a heavy number of undergraduate course hours, anywhere from 45 to 90 semester hours before getting accepted into a program. Admittance into veterinary programs is very competitive.


Every state requires veterinarians to be licensed. All states require veterinarians to have a DVM degree or equivalent and a passing score on the national board examination, the North American Licensing Exam.

School Recommendations for Veterinarians:

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
University of Minnesota (St. Paul Minnesota)

Employment Trends

Average Salary for Veterinarians in 2008: $79,050
Job Availability in 2008: 59,700
Projected Employment in 2018: 79,400

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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