How to become a Veterinarian By Caroline kelleher

A veterinarian is someone who diagnoses, treats or research animal diseases. Veterinarians examine animals to look for diseases or injuries. Veterinarians can work with many different kinds of animals for example veterinarians can work with zoo animals, provide care to livestock and labratory animals. But not all veterinarians work hands on with animals some may do research. That is what a veterinarian does.

Veterinarians can even work at a zoo. They take care of the Zoo animals and make sure they are healthy.

It takes a lot of work to become a veterinarian, you have to go to school for 12-16 years of school. You have to complete high school go to college and then get into a veterinary school. However less than 50% of applicants get in. Some useful classes in high school are medicine and dentistry, biology, arithmetic, algebra, geometry and calculus. In college it is helpful to take are customer service, management, medicine and dentistry, biology, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics and English language.

Veterinarians examining a horse.

You can't just become a veterinarian whenever you want to after veterinarian school. You have to have a license given to you by your state licensing board. If you have a specialty you need another license given to you by the American Board of Veterinary Services. A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has completed additional training in a specific area of veterinary medicine and has passed an examination that shows their knowledge and skills in that specialty area.

A veterinarian at work with cows.

Some useful persanal qualities to have as a veterinarian is to be able to communicate to people well, have good ideas and logic, good hand and finger use and to be able to pay attention to something for a long time without being distracted. Some other useful traits are integrity, dependability, attention to detail and stress tolerance. Having these qualitys witll help you become a sucessful veterinarian.


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