Equine Veterinarian

"A vet that works with animals on a Farm like "Horses."

Description of an Equine Veterinarian.

Someone in this career would go and help animals that would be on a farm. These people will mostly work with Horses. Equine veterinarians often are active travelers. Rather than requiring horse owners to bring their horses to a practice setting for treatment, equine veterinarians typically travel to farms and stables to treat horses where they live. Equine veterinarians' vehicles often are packed with equipment and medicine, amounting to an office on wheels, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Equine veterinarians often have work weeks that exceed 40 hours and include emergency care, such as managing a birth, that can occur at all hours of the day.

How to be an Equine Veterinarian

Becoming a horse veterinarian first requires a bachelor's degree with coursework in chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, zoology, calculus and statistics. Students then take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) or Medical College Medicine Admission Test (MCAT) and submit their scores to compete for spots in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs. These graduate programs typically take four years to complete, after which horse veterinarians complete board-certification exams to earn licenses, frequently followed by one-year internships.