How to Become a Veterinarian

If you want to be a veterinarian, chances are you've always wanted to be a veterinarian. And, if you're smart and determined, chances are, you'll achieve your goal. But, as you probably already know, getting there is the hardest part. So here's a run-down of things you'll need to know before you leap head-first into the world of animal medicine.

Your education is, of course, the most obvious of the criteria you must satisfy on your quest to become a veterinarian. Here's a list of things to consider:

High School


Your work experience is becoming more of a factor for veterinary schools each year. Usually this includes a position at an animal hospital, another animal-related job or science/medical position. Not only does this demonstrate that you have an affinity for veterinary medicine or animal life, in general, but it speaks to your level of commitment to the field. The following positions may be useful as summer jobs or year-round after-school work in either High School or college. Here are some jobs that will help you:

Your level of dedication is extremely important. More than anything else, the admissions committee wants to see that you can endure the academic rigors of the curriculum and that you'll work as a veterinarian when you graduate. The last thing they want is to select you over another qualified candidate only to lose you to the world of Wall Street when you realize that veterinarians don't make as much money as investment bankers.

Veterinary medicine is an exciting career but it's not for everyone. Here's a list of pros and cons to consider before taking the plunge:



'To Do' List for the Future Veterinarian

To make things easier for all you future veterinarians, here's a checklist of things you should accomplish and consider before applying to veterinary school: