Veterinarian

Allie Bartz, 8th Hour Physical Science

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"Personally, I have always felt the best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter- he's got to just know."

-Will Rogers


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Basic Information About Veterinarians

  • They work with all different types of animals
  • They even work with healthy animals
  • Usually specialize in large or small animals
  • Keep animals healthy through medicine, surgery, and disseminating knowledge
  • Some do research, teach, or work in the animal industry
  • Deal with the owners as much as the animal
  • Around 28% or veterinarians are self-employed
  • Training usually lasts 6-8 years after high school
  • Those in clinics work between 45-80 hours a week, plus emergencies
  • Those who are self-employed are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Need a license

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What You Need to Succeed

High School Courses:


  • Animal Care and Vet Study
  • Advanced Biology
  • Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Biology


Advanced Biology, AP Biology, and Animal Care and Vet Study will help you learn about the animals and the career of a veterinarian. The biology and chemistry classes will help you to know what the animals body is made up of and how it functions. They will also help you when you need to know what chemicals are in different types of medicines that the animal will need.


College Courses:


  • Organic Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Animal Biology
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry


Genetics and Animal Biology will help you learn about the animal's genes and help you to diagnose their illness. Biochemistry, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry will help you with knowing what chemicals are in medicine when you are prescribing medication for the animals. You must graduate from an accredited veterinary school and pass a licensing exam for the state you want to work in. Veterinarians usually graduate from bachelor's degree program in pre-veterinary science or one of the animal or life sciences. After graduation you receive degrees as Doctors of Veterinary Medicine after four years of study. They also must pass two national board exams as well as the individual state exams.

Associations/Professional Organizations

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA): 12575 Bayaud Ave. Lakewood, CO 80228, https://www.aaha.org, 303-986-2800.


National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA): PO Box 1227 Albert Lea, MN 56007, 888-99-NAVTA(62882), https://www.navta.net/about-navta/about

Job Advertisement

Veterinarians work from 45-80 hours a week and the ones who work in clinics are on call to treat emergencies, but self-employed veterinarians are on call 24 hours at day, 365 days a year. Training usually lasts 6-8 years after high school. You must graduate from an accredited veterinary school and pass a licensing exam for the state you want to work in, and you must have a license in that state. Once out of school, you must pass two national board exams and additional state exams of the state you want to work in. Veterinarians usually graduate from bachelor's degree program in pre-veterinary science or one of the animal or life sciences. Veterinarians treat all different animals and they sometimes have to travel to the location of the animal like farms, ranches, and zoos because the animal is not a companion pet and it's too big. They use medicine, surgery, and disseminating knowledge to protect animal health. The expected pay in Wisconsin at entry level is $53,000 and up to $147,500 at an advanced level, annually. Nationally, the expected pay is $51,000 at entry level and up to $144,000 at an advanced level, annually.
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