How to Become a Veterinarian

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How to Become a Veterinarian

Being a veterinarian doesn’t just involve taking care of household pet. A veterinarian also treats animal and human diseases, and a vet can also take care of agricultural animals. To become a veterinarian, you’ve got to start early, so make the decision now. Here’s how to become a veterinarian.

High School

  1. Volunteer as much as you can. In a local veterinary clinic, in animal rights organizations like ASPCA, a farm, an animal hospital or clinic, or any place that gives you full hands-on experience working with animals. Make sure that you learn as much as you can while doing volunteer work, such as why certain medical procedures are done as treatment for animals.
  2. Get high grades. The veterinary field is very competitive, and flat-out you need to show that you are dedicated in not just your grades, but in learning everything there is to know in the field.
  3. Apply to a good college, preferably where they offer pre-veterinary courses.
  4. Some veterinary schools actually accept those who did not attend high school but took the required college courses instead. Of course, you must check with the college first and remember that a high school diploma is still preferred.


  1. Enrolling in a good college is always good, and taking a pre-veterinary course is even better. However, should your college not have one, you can look up the required courses you should take according to the American Veterinary Medical Association or the veterinary school that you intend to attend.
  2. Keep updated with the practical of veterinary medicine by continuing your involvement with animal treatments. You can even work with a professional to continue your volunteer work.
  3. Be involved in veterinary-related research. Veterinary research is a very important and valued in the veterinary field, and getting involved in research will improve your chances.
  4. Do research on the veterinary school you intend to enroll in. Each school typically has different standardized entrance exams, so you can prepare in advance.
  5. Keep updated on all new developments in the field, such as diseases, treatments and medication.
  6. You must maintain a high grade point average in college. Remember, veterinary schools are very competitive, and they will only accept the best.
  7. There are only 27 accredited veterinary schools that offer the Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree that will be earned after a four-year course.
  8. After graduating and earning your degree, you will have to prepare for the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam for your license.
  9. You will also have to take a state exam that will cover the state’s laws and regulations for practicing vets within the state.