Being There For Your Animals ..


Veterinarians take care of animals, but they also do much more: They protect the safety of our food supply by inspecting livestock, promote public health by fighting animal-borne diseases, and help foster healthier relationships between people and their animal companions. "Veterinarians work hard to protect the health of humans and animals."

What's The Money Like ..

The best-paid veterinarians earned $141,680, while the lowest-paid earned $50,480. Veterinarians working in research, federal and state government, and university systems tended to be among the highest paid. The mean salary for new graduates in the United States during 2010 was 48,674 including nearly 50% going on to advanced study programs.

What's The School LIke ..

Course Requirements

Most U.S. veterinary schools require the following college courses :

  • Two semesters of general chemistry with laboratory.
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory.
  • One or two semesters of biochemistry with laboratory.
  • Two semesters of general biology.
  • Two semesters of physics with laboratory.
  • Mathematics—The minimum requirement ranges from algebra and trigonometry to two semesters of calculus and varies with each school. Note that it is a minimum requirement. Most schools do not accept students who have not taken calculus, even if their published requirement is algebra and trigonometry.
  • General education—Penn State students rarely have difficulty meeting this requirement if they meet Penn State's General Education requirements for graduation.
  • The specific number of credits required in each of the above categories may vary among veterinary schools. Thus, it is important to check the specific admissions requirements for each veterinary school.

What's The Hours Like ..

Many veterinary technicians work at least 40 hours per week, with busier practices often staffing two shifts each day. Some technicians may work overtime hours to provide constant care for critically ill or recovering surgical patients. Veterinary technicians also assist veterinarians at emergency vet hospitals open during nights, weekends and holidays. These often-unpredictable work schedules can make it difficult to juggle family, school and personal responsibilities.

Pros ..

*You want have a hard time finding a job.
*You are less likely (compared to other doctors) to be sued.
*It pays well.
*There are many types of jobs to choose from.

Cons ..

*You have to attend school for several years.
*You have to deal with agitated animals.
*You will encounter upset pet owners.
*You may have to work on weekends and be on call.

How Do I Have To Dress ..

Most veterinarians wear the same thing as doctor, either a white lab coat or scrubs. It depends on what type of animal practice though, most small animal veterinarians will either wear business casual or scrubs, with or without a white lab coat. Large animal vets tend to wear business casual underneath coveralls, which are changed after every farm visit.

What About The Promotion Opportunities ..

Continuing ones education can provide a veterinarian with up-to-date information, studies and news about the veterinary medicine industry. Veterinarians can also choose to specialize in a specific or field of interest, so they may work in environments and with animals of their preference. Becoming board certified can help a veterinarian prove that they are knowledgeable, hard working and ready for the task at hand.