Career Research

By: Kelsey Roberts

What do I want to be when I grow up?

I would like to go to school to be a veterinarian.

does this career go along with my personal interest?

Yes, this career matches my interest because i love being around animals. I enjoy helping animals that need a home or need to be cared for.

What type of education is required?

Bachelor's Degree-

Typically obtain In science-related areas, like zoology, molecular biology, chemistry, animal science and biochemistry.

A bachelor's degree in animal science can usually be completed in four years. Studies commonly include both classroom and laboratory education. Courses that prepare students for veterinary school tend to include:

  • Microbiology
  • Animal management
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal nutrition
  • Equine care

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine-

DMV programs take four years to complete and are generally divided into two-year segments. The first segment typically consists of classroom instruction, while the last two years focus more on clinical practicums. Coursework includes:

  • Animal behavior
  • Veterinary pharmacology
  • Clinical pathology
  • Large and small animal medicine
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Anesthesia and surgery principles
In clinical practicums, students complete rotations and gain hands-on, clinical experience. They complete various veterinary specialties, such as, dentistry, cardiology, oncology or equine care. They learn skills essential to veterinary medicine, such as how to:
  • Treat wounds
  • Prescribe medication
  • Perform surgery
  • Set fractures

what is the average cost for the entire education?

Total expenses for a four-year DVM program will average $147,656 for residents and $211,324 for nonresidents. This is including book expenses, personal expenses, transportation costs, etc.

3 Colleges

  • Gaston College
  • Mars Hill University
  • North Carolina A&T State University

what is the salary range?

Veterinarians earn an average annual wage of $96,140. The upper 10 percent earn $149,530 or more per year, while the lowest paid 10 percent earn $53,270 or less.

what is the employment outlook and opportunities?

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Veterinarians is expected to be low.

what are the basic job duties?

Veterinarians examine, diagnose and treat animals; prescribe and administer animal medications; take cell and tissue samples and perform diagnostic tests; perform surgery on animals.


Veterinarians who care for large animals often engaging in production medicine, which involves treating an entire herd to prevent disease. A large animal vet may also advise farm owners on animal feeding and production concerns, as well as maintaining sanitary conditions.


Many veterinarians treat small companion animals. As a small animal vet, you may perform services such as spaying and neutering, setting broken bones, treating wounds and care for older pets.


interesting facts

  • More than 70% of all the veterinarians are predominantly treating small animals like cats and dogs and other companion animals
  • Veterinarian science reveals that about 61% of all the disease-causing agents in the humans come from animals.
  • 80% of all the students who register for the degree are females
  • Some research reveals that this profession is soon going to be the most progressive profession in the U.S.
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