How To Become A Vet

Some people could say that being a vet is the ideal job. Getting to work with animalís day in day out, and then collecting a huge salary, why doesnít everyone do it? The fact is though, there are so many stages to go through that many people decide not to bother. However, for the ones that do, there lies an exciting career that can bring in an extremely lucrative salary.

Before you make the decision, just ask yourself if you have the qualities to become a veterinarian. Firstly, being good at science is obviously a must. Vets need to be able to quickly diagnose problems and a good knowledge of biology will help make these identifications easier. As for general attributes, one of the main ones is a true passion for animals. Generally, those who start out and are just doing it for the money will not succeed. There are a lot of drawbacks with being a vet, and if you donít have a passion for helping animals, chances are these negatives will pull you back.

Similarly, commitment is something else that is required. Like a doctor, there are chances that vets will have to work outside their regular hours if an emergency occurs. Would you be able to cope with the long and strenuous shifts?

Another quality that is important if you want to go all the way is curiosity. Everybody has heard of cases where doctors donít have a clue what is wrong with their patient, but have to look at every avenue to try and find a cure. This is linked to commitment; do you have the will power to look at every plausible reason to try and help an animal?

As you can already see, there are so many qualities required to make a good vet. If you have any doubts over any of the above, question your motives. Then comes the next stage; education. Itís worth mentioning early that the vet industry is such a competitive area these days and with only twenty eight veterinary colleges in the US, there are an extremely limited number of places.

However, if you think youíve got what it takes to go all the way, read on. Before you even apply for veterinary college, you need to achieve a bachelorís degree in regular college. This degree really needs to be animal or science related, with the preveterinary course being the recommended one. If your college doesnít offer this, look at the entry requirements of your desired veterinary colleges and choose a course based on those. One this course has been completed you will now have to apply for veterinary college.

Veterinary college involves a further four years of study (or sometimes more, depending on the level), with the first two years focused on work in the laboratory looking at the science involved in veterinary medicine. Subjects such as biology, anatomy and pharmacy are studied during this period, with the college preparing students for the last two years which are based on more practical elements. These practicals are usually spent in an actual veterinary surgeon, where they can begin treating animals. While at the start they are accompanied by experienced professionals, as time goes they will learn to perform surgery independently. While these years may sound like the best for prospective students, itís worth mentioning that classroom work is still set and this means that you probably wonít have much free time.

Once time at veterinary college is completed, thereís still another hoop to go through though. Each state requires that vets have a license, with most setting an exam to acquire this. However, this is the last stage, and once this is complete you will be fully qualified to work in a private practice.

That is the general basis for becoming a working vet. If you do decide to take this route then good luck, but remember just how hard it is to make it in the industry. Also, itís not the perfect career that some people make out. There are long hours and lots of death to cope with, so just make sure you fully prepare yourself before making this decision.

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