So You Say You Want to Become a Veterinarian...Here's How.

So you think you may want to be a veterinarian, but you're not sure what it really means and what it really takes to become one. Here's some information on what it really takes, and some helpful hints on how to determine if this is really what you want. And if you decide it is, I've included some tips on how to get there.

Becoming a veterinarian requires the same amount of academic commitment as becoming a physician or dentist for humans. After graduating from high school, aspiring veterinarians head to college to receive a four-year degree, usually in some area of science. After successfully completing this, you apply to a veterinary college, which involves an additional four years of study. Upon completion of the final year, there are exams that are required to be sure you have gotten the proper education, and to satisfy each state that you are now qualified to practice. .

So that's the short story. If you are still interested and I have not scared you off with all the academic requirements, read on for more detailed information.

I think I want to be a veterinarian, but I'm not sure.

I know I want to be a veterinarian. Now tell me what I REALLY have to do to make it.

As always, I'm happy to help your pets...and their people, too.

Dr. Larry




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