Becoming a Veterinarian Essay

1064 Words Apr 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Devyn R. Fowler

Oct. 01, 2014

ENG 101

Becoming a Veterinarian

Animals have been a major part of my life for as long as I could remember. Even as a

baby, I was surrounded by all types of animals; dogs, cats, lizards, birds. Etc. The passion I have

for animals inspired me to me to want to become a veterinarian. A veterinarian “is a person who

is trained to give medical care and treatment to animals: an animal doctor” (Merriam-Webster). I

can find no better career path for me then helping animals that are injured/in need of medical

attention. If you weren’t aware, there are five main veterinarian jobs; livestock, companion,

exotic, mixed, and lab animals. My interest lies only between two of the five jobs:
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It is also recommended that you earn a bachelor’s degree due

to the fact that admission is highly competitive. You will also need to take an admission exam,

which could be the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), the Graduate Record

Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). While enrolled in a

veterinary medicine program, you will take courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology,

immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition and ethics during your first two years.

During your final two years, you will receive clinical training in surgery, anesthesia, dermatology,

ophthalmology, radiology, critical care and euthanasia. Upon completion of your program, you

will earn a Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) degree” ( Another

must know aspect in becoming a livestock veterinarian is their salary. “The Bureau of Labor

Statistics reported that veterinarians earned a median salary of $79,050 a year in 2008. Salaries

ranged from $61,370 to $104,110 for the middle 50 percent of veterinarians.”( With

all this being said, companion veterinarians still need to be discussed.

Unlike a livestock veterinarian, and companion veterinarian specializes in house pets

(dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and reptiles). Similar to livestock veterinarians, companion


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