Veterinary Medicine

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Veterinary Medicine

The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury inanimals. The scope of veterinary medicine is wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with a wide range of conditions which can affect different species.
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What are 3 jobs in Veterinary Medicine?

  1. Veterinarians
  2. Veterinary technicians
  3. Veterinary assistants

What are the education requirements for those jobs?

  • Veterinarians
  1. Step 1: Complete a Bachelor's Degree Program. Most schools of veterinary medicine require or prefer applicants to have a bachelor's degree
  2. Step 2: Earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  3. Step 3: Become Licensed
  4. Step 4: Gain Experience
  • Veterinary Technicians

You must be the graduate of a 2-year or 4-year program from an AVMA-accredited school.

  • Veterinary Assistant

Most veterinary assistants have a high school diploma or GED. Some veterinary assistants choose to earn a certificate through a non-degree program, but certification is not required. Employers generally prefer to hire veterinary assistants who have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in animal science.

What are the salary range for those jobs?

  • Veterinarians
The median annual wage for veterinarians was $84,460. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,530, and the top 10 percent earned more than $144,100.
  • Veterinary Technician
The BLS reports that veterinary technologists and technicians earned a median salary of $30,500 in 2013. The highest paid earned $44,490, while the lowest paid earned $21,270. Technologists and technicians working for hospitals or government at the national, state and local levels tend to earn the most.
  • Veterinary Assistant
$17,875- $31,898