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:…show more content…
Additionally, 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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