Maddie Smith- 4th hr. Science

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In this career, veterinarians(the doctor) perform surgery, prescribe medicine, and provide information to the owners about their pets or livestock. There are a lot of different fields in veterinary medicine too, such as oncology, neurology, teaching, doing research, and much more. Also, veterinarians can either specialize in large or small animals. For instance, cows and horses or cats and dogs. In conclusion, veterinarians practice medicine and surgery on a variety of animals.

Veterinarians either work in offices or drive to patients that call or are scheduled. The vets that work in offices, small animal vets, do checkups, perform surgeries, give shots, and much more. In addition, large animal vets drive to their patients to give them regular checkups, perform surgeries, give shots, help with difficult births, and much more. Small and large animal vets are very similar between what they do in a day. Some days can be very challenging and upsetting, but other days may be fun and rewarding. The day of a veterinarian is really cool, and usually serious.

Essentials to succeed in this career

You would need to take a four year pre-veterinary program or it could be animal/life sciences. Next, they must receive a letter of recommendation from college professors to enter a veterinary program. It usually takes four years to finish college in veterinary studies but could take longer.

Highschool classes:

Good classes to take in high school are advanced courses in math, English, social studies, and science. Also, chemistry, animal sciences, and public speaking are all helpful courses too.

College classes & degrees:

As far as tech school/college the classes or degrees I would need a bachelors degree program in pre-veterinary or animal/life sciences. Next, I would have to study four or more years in veterinary college. Overall, you would need a doctorate.

Cost of Education & living



University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: $7,758 per year x4= $31,032

University of Wisconsin - Madison : $12,949 per year x4= $51,796

Total tuition for a doctorate degree- $82,828

housing for amount of time in college = $ 6,000

food/groceries for the amount of time I will be in college= $2,000

gas money for travelling/helping pay for carpooling during time at college = $4,000

clothing money for time at college = $4,000

I do think I will need to apply for loans, financial aid, and try for a scholarship because 98,828 is a lot of money. If something were to happen as in an accident, I would need extra money, and I wouldn't have any. Also, during the summer I would get a few part-time jobs, so I could help pay for college and earn some extra money.

This is a career that I would truly want to pursue because I have been around animals and this job my entire life. I also really like the job itself, and love the animals. I would happily dedicate my life to helping and saving animals. To conclude, no matter what I feel that this job fits me and I feel I could be happy doing it till I retire.

Associations/Professional Organizations for this Career

American Animal Hospital Association:

American Veterinary Medical Association:

Pros & Cons


• Working with the pets and owners is fulfilling.

• If your a large animal practitioner you can work in a variety of locations.

• For the most part it is good pay.


• Euthanasia is emotionally difficult to perform.

• Long hours and emergency calls cut into a vets personal time.

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Are you looking for a great job that works with animals, pays well, and has great rewards? Well I've got the job for you! You could become a veterinarian. Not only do great rewards end with money, but the feeling you get when you can work with and help all kinds of animals. There may be some rough times, but the good outweighs the bad. Eight years may be long, but well worth it. In Wisconsin salary ranges are between $53,410 and$147,550. Lastly, work conditions are well.


• "WISCareers." WISCareers. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.

• AAHA." American Animal Hospital Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Jan. 2016.


• "American Veterinary Medical Association - Home." American Veterinary Medical Association - Home. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.