Becoming a Veterinarian

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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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companion veterinarians communicate with pet owners, which could involve teaching them to

deal with their pets' behavior issues or advising them on breeding or feeding issues”

Devyn R. Fowler

Oct. 01, 2014

ENG 101

(EducationPortal.com). Educational aspects of becoming a companion vet differ from that of a

livestock vet. “During their undergraduate years, aspiring companion vets should take

numerous courses in the sciences, including chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics,

nutrition, microbiology, zoology and physiology. Many veterinary schools also require that

students complete courses in mathematics, English, humanities and social sciences. It's also

important that applicants have some experience working with animals and that they've

completed one of the following standardized tests: the Veterinary College Admission Test

(VCAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test

(MCAT). After earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from an accredited veterinary

school, veterinarians must obtain licensure, with the exception of some vets who work for state

or federal government agencies. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require a

passing score on the North American Veterinary Licensing
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