“Veterinarians play a major role in the healthcare of pets, livestock, and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals. Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research, broadening the scope of fundamental theoretical knowledge, and in applied research, developing new ways to use knowledge.” (Source: Explore Health Careers)
Learning More About Veterinary Medicine
For more specific information on the practice of veterinary medicine or veterinary education refer to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) websites. Visit the AVMA Youtube Chanel American Veterinary Medical Association Channel to watch videos about what small animal veterinarians do.
It’s important for future Veterinary students to do their research about schools early. Different schools may have slightly different prerequisite requirements. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges has some outstanding resources that can be accessed at their College Descriptor Link.
Veterinary school applicants are required to sit for either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). For information about these exams, please visit the GRE and the MCAT websites.