Kids love animals and they want to make sick dogs, cats, cows and horses well again. You will often hear kids say they want to be a vet when they grow up. There are many avenues available for veterinarians, from giving shots to new puppies in a clinic, to the possibility of developing research in a lab that will lead to the cure for cancer in dogs. A career in Veterinary Medicine is a wide open and a very rewarding way to help animals of all kinds live long and healthy lives.
A vet does so much more than just administer to sick or wounded animals. Did you know that a veterinarian is the only doctor educated to take care of animals and humans? A vet can be involved in environmental issues, food safety issues as well as public health issues. A career in Veterinary Medicine can be rewarding on many different levels. The most important trait a veterinarian must have is a love of animals and a burning desire to help them live long and healthy lives.
Following are examples of some of the options available in Veterinary Medicine
* A veterinarian may be involved in animal research. Just as with human medicine, there is the need for research into such conditions as canine cancer or kidney disease, as well as other diseases and conditions.
* A veterinarian may decide to complete the education required to be a teacher at a Veterinarian School. Maybe you are interested in a veterinary career, but would prefer to teach others instead of working directly with the animals.
* A veterinarian may also be in the United States Military taking care of the dogs and horses that our fighting men depend on in the field.
* A veterinarian may choose to work in a private practice. In the United States two-thirds of the vets work in private or clinical practices. Included in this group would be the ’emergency’ vet that is open when your regular vet doesn’t have office hours. No matter what type of practice one chooses, the love of animals and desire to make them well is what they have in common.
* A veterinarian can work in the regulatory arena. Dogs and cats must be quarantined when coming into the United States and there are vets working in those centers. This is necessary to stop diseases from entering our country and spreading to other animals.
* A veterinarian can work with the Environmental Protection Agency. A small part of the job could be to study the effects pesticides have on animals, as well as on people.
* A veterinarian may work for the Centers For Disease Control or the Department of Homeland Security.
The options are endless when it comes to a career in veterinary medicine. To get started in this field you must have high marks in biology, science and mathematics in high school before you even think about attending veterinary college.
If you think you might be interested in a career in Veterinary Medicine, study hard in high school and build a solid foundation. Once you graduate, the next decision will be which 4-year college to attend, followed by 4 more years in veterinary college. A strong knowledge base, added to your love of animals, can lead to a career in Veterinary Medicine. We need well trained and caring veterinarians for our pets. If you have the qualifications and the love of animals, go for it!