Caring for animals is an incredibly fulfilling calling. If you’re interested in becoming a veterinarian for this reason, then you’re not alone. That said, it’s still important to learn what it takes to become a veterinarian.
Here’s what you need to know.
Being a veterinarian means that you’ll be in a medical field — just not one that’s designed for humans. After completing a four-year degree in a related field like biology, you’ll be requires to attend veterinary school. These programs are quite similar to medical school programs, with the exception that you’ll be working with and learning about animals. It’s also important that you pick a specialty if you desire one. For instance, an equestrian veterinarian will be working with horses for the most part. That means it’s important for their education and work experience to focus more heavily on equine health.
You’ll also be responsible for caring for a number of different animals during your education. You’ll require on-site experience at a local clinic, farm, or zoo. Having this experience will not only help you prepare to become a great veterinarian, but it will help inform you of what you want the rest of your career to look like.