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Small Animal Veterinarian

What is a small animal veterinarian?

Small animal veterinarian's are practitioners that specialize in health management of dog's, cat's, bird's, exotic animals and other companion animals, and are licensed in animal health.

What level of school is required to obtain this career?

Although many veterinary schools do not require that applicants hold a bachelor's degree, most people who get into vet school do have a 4-year degree. During their undergraduate years, small animal vets should take numerous courses in the sciences, including chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, nutrition, microbiology, zoology and physiology. Many veterinary schools also require that students complete courses in mathematics, English, humanities and social sciences. It's also important that applicants have some experience working with animals and that they've completed one of the following standardized tests: the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

After earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from an accredited veterinary school, veterinarians must obtain licensure, with the exception of some vets who work for state or federal government agencies. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require a passing score on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam. Many states also require passage of an additional examination that covers state laws and regulations, and some require a test of clinical skills.

Before beginning to practice, recent graduates might choose to undertake a 1-year internship, which can provide an opportunity to strengthen necessary skills and might lead to better paying positions later on. New veterinarians who wish to specialize in an area like internal medicine, dentistry, oncology or dermatology may opt to complete a 3- to 4-year residency program and then test for board certification in their specialties

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Where can you work with this job?

For this job you can basically work anywhere in the world, because there are animals all over the world who need to be cared for, and they have health issues aswell.

Whats the salary?

Vets in there first year can earn up to $60,00 The national median earnings for veterinarians was $82,040 in May 2010 according to the occupational outlook handbook. Private practice vets had median earnings of $90,000 in a 2009 AVMA report. Veterinarians employed by the federal government averaged $93,398. Corporate veterinarians had the highest earnings with a median of over $140,000.

What do i find interesting about this career?

I find that this job interesting in many ways, but the most important is that i love working with all type of animals and helping would be my best interest in mind.