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46 Veterinary Science Colleges in 6 Countries Offering 102 Courses

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palmerston-north, New Zealand
Rank : #2
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
42720
IELTS -  
Band 5.5
Intake -  
Feb
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gatton, Australia
Rank : #2
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1 years
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41232
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Band 6.5
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3 years
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41232
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42400
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62592
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1.5 years
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62592
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63120
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Band 7
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Feb
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auckland, New Zealand
Rank : #2
Duration -  
3 years
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31830
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Band 6
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
32000
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
45320
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Band 6.5
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Feb
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1 years
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45320
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45320
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1 years
1 year Fee -  
45320
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Feb
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1 years
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45320
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Band 6.5
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Feb
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60370
IELTS -  
Band 5.5
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Feb, Jul
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edinburgh, United Kingdom
Rank : #4
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
23700
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Jan
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camperdown, Australia
Rank : #5
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
46500
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Mar, Jul
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
46500
IELTS -  
Band 7
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Mar, Jul
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north-terrace, Australia
Rank : #6
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
59000
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Feb
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calgary, Canada
Rank : #7
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
17160
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep, Oct, Jan
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glasgow, United Kingdom
Rank : #8
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
21020
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep, Jan
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bristol, United Kingdom
Rank : #13
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
15800
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
5 years
1 year Fee -  
19400
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Oct, Jan
Duration -  
6 years
1 year Fee -  
35400
IELTS -  
Band 7
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Sep
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melbourne, Australia
Rank : #19
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
33200
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Mar, Jul
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toronto, Canada
Rank : #19
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
21417
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Sep
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
22775
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Sep
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townsville, Australia
Rank : #21
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
37500
IELTS -  
Band 7
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Feb
Duration -  
1.5 years
1 year Fee -  
37500
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Band 7
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Feb
Duration -  
0.5 years
1 year Fee -  
37800
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Band 7
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Feb
Duration -  
5 years
1 year Fee -  
55000
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Band 7
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Feb
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perth, Australia
Rank : #25
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1 years
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30240
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
42228
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Band 7
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
5 years
1 year Fee -  
60272
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Feb
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gainesville, United States
Rank : #26
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
34800
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Sep
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london, United Kingdom
Rank : #26
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
11500
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Sep
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
12000
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Oct, Jan
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
13000
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Sep, Jan
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Updated on - May 28th 2020 by Rachit Agrawal

Overview

Veterinary science basically deals with the health and welfare of animals. Like other medical degrees, this encompasses everything from preventative care to psychological analysis and complex surgical procedures.

This specific branch of medication deals with the prevention, analysing, diagnosis and treatment of disorders or diseases of animals.  The scope of veterinary medicine is not narrow, taking into consideration all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with a wide range of situations which can disturb different types of species.

Veterinary medicine is widely practiced both with and without professional guidance. Professional care is usually led by a physician who is a veteran (popularly known as a vet,).  This can be intensified by other paraprofessionals with precise specialism such as animal physiotherapy or dentistry, and roles that are especially relevant or species like farriers.

Veterinary science assists human health also, through the surveillance and supervising of zoonotic disease (infectious disease which is transferred from animals to people), food safety, and not very directly through personal applications from medical reports. They usually assist to maintain food supply through animal health surveillance and treatment, and even mental health by keeping the pets in nourished health. Veterinary scientists as per study usually collaborate with epidemiologists, and with other health and natural science practitioners depending upon the type of work. Veterinarians are obliged to take care of animal welfare.

 

Types of veterinarians

 

  • Anaesthesia: The main task assigned to them is that the animals feel less or no pain during the veterinary procedures or operations, etc.
  • Animal Welfare: Veterinarians who are skilled and specialized in the training of animal welfare.
  • Behaviour: Veterinarians who have expertise training in animal behaviour
  • Dentistry: Veterinarians who are skilled in performing procedures on animals' teeth
  • Dermatology: Veterinarians who analyse the diseases and disorders related to conditions of the skin
  • Emergency and Critical Care: These are the ones who are  "ER doctors" and intensive care specialists
  • Internal Medicine, which covers specialties in Neurology ( brain, spinal cord specialist) 
  • Cardiology( Heart specialist)
  • Oncology ( Cancer and tumour specialist)
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine: Veterinarians who work on research and development or in practice, confirming that the laboratory of animal (rabbits, rats, etc..) receive enough and proper care.
  • Microbiology: Veterinarians who are involved in the study of viruses, bacteria, etc. 
  • Nutrition: The veterinarians who work to confirm that the diet chart which is prescribed for the animals meet their body's need for nourishment.
  • Ophthalmology: Veterinarians who are studying diseases and deformities of the eye
  • Pathology: Veterinarians studying any general type of disease in animals
  • Pharmacology: Veterinarians analysing how medications and strong drugs affect the health of animals.
  • Poultry Veterinarians: Veterinarians who are involved in the work with chickens, turkeys, ducks, usually the food in production settings
  • Preventive Medicine: Veterinarians whose main task is to study how diseases are widely spread and possible measures to be taken for prevention.
  • Radiology: Veterinarians who focus on the study of x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (often called CAT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Degrees offered in the department

 

  • B.sc Veterinary Science
  • B.Sc. Biology
  • B.Sc. Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Animal Science
  • B.sc Veterinary Technology
  • B.sc Biological Sciences
  • B.Sc. Biological Pre-Veterinary Concentration
  • B.sc Pre-Veterinary Science  
  • B.Sc. Biology- Medical Sciences
  • B.Sc. Pre- Veterinary medicine
  • Pre-Bachelor International Year One-pre Medical
  • B.sc Animal and Veterinary
  • B.sc Dairy Science Pre- Veterinary

 

Top universities

  • Cornell University
  • University Of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Arizona
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Clemson University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Purdue University

 

Cornell University

Cornell University is the best university for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Students get an opportunity to experience clinical studies, engaging lectures, and work with animals from the beginning. This four-year program involves intensive coursework for the initial three years and reserves the last year for the clinical rotations. Some main coursework includes:

The Animal Body

Neuroanatomy

Animal Health and Disease

Host, Agent, and Defence

 

University of Massachusetts

 

Veterinary & Animal Sciences department at UMass Amherst includes a Pre-Veterinary Science major for students. This program is especially good for the ones who are hoping to go on to graduate school or medical school. The course includes:

Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding

Animal Cellular and Molecular Biology

Veterinary Microbiology Lab

Physiology of Reproduction

 

Michigan State University

MSU offers an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Technology. Students need to complete around eight important courses in the field of chemistry, biology, social sciences, and math before being officially admitted into the program. Following are the main subjects-                                                             Veterinary Comparative Clinical Physiology Small Animal Nursing Skills Radiology for Veterinary Technicians  

University of Arizona

Delivered through the School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences, students here earn a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science. This degree includes everything from human and animal changes to microbiology and pathology. Over four years, students combine education courses with academic courses like:

Medical-Veterinary Entomology

Animal Anatomy & Physiology

Equine Nutrition and Management

Diseases of Wildlife

 

Pennsylvania State University

 

Aspirants complete a total of 124 credit hours for your BS in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State. The syllabus leans mainly on biology, organic chemistry, and biostatistics. Internships are available for students during summer semesters. The more specific veterinary classes for  aspirants include:       Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates Mammalian Physiology Principles of Animal Disease Control Comparative Physiology of Domestic Animals

 

Clemson University

The Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Sciences degree at Clemson University gives aspirants three areas of study for this degree: equine business, animal agribusiness, or pre-veterinary and science

 

Northwest Missouri State University

Aspirants find a more magnified focus at Northwest Missouri State University with the Animal Science major with a Pre-Vet option. This programs focuses on the study of livestock and animal husbandry, Principles of Animal Breeding.   Main Courses include- Beef Science Genetics of Livestock Improvement                                                            Principles of Animal Nutrition

 

Purdue University

 

The academic curriculum offers both a broad base in the field of science and specific industry-related skills such as anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging. Most highlighted subjects are- Large Animal Nursing, Dentistry for the Veterinary Technician, Parasitology for Veterinary Technician, Nursing of Non-Traditional Pets, etc.

 

Course Details Level Wise                                                                                                           

Degree Type

Duration 

Bachelor‚Äôs in Science (veterinary related, as mentioned in list given above/earlier) 

3-4 years

Master’s Degree/Specialisation Degree

1-3 years

Pre Medical Degree (before Bachelors) 

1 year

PhD 

2-5 years 

 

Top Universities Level wise

 

College/University Name

Fees/tuition per annum

  • Cornell University

$40,000

  • University Of Massachusetts Amherst

$35,000

  • Michigan State University

$40,000

  • University of Arizona

$40,000

  • Pennsylvania State University

$40,000

  • Clemson University

$40,000

  • Northwest Missouri State University

$35,000

  • Purdue University

$35,000

 

Requirements & Eligibility Level wise

You'll need a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in veterinary medicine to be an animal doctor. State licensure is mandatory and voluntary certification is available through the American Veterinary Medical Association. You'll also need compassion and strong communication skills for working closely with animals and owners, the ability to think critically and make decisions under pressure, strong hand-eye coordination for surgical procedures and leadership skills for overseeing a veterinary facility, and computer skill with medical and veterinary management software, complex medical and surgical equipment, like x-ray machines and surgical tools.

Let's go over the steps required to become an animal doctor-

  • Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Prospective veterinarians generally need bachelor's degrees to qualify for admission to a veterinary college. While there isn't one specific major required, students need to take a minimum number of science courses during undergraduate school, such as in chemistry, biology and physics. Depending on the veterinary college, students may also be required to meet social science, humanities or mathematics prerequisites.

While there is no pre-veterinary major, some schools offer supplemental programs that allow students to gear their undergraduate studies toward veterinary college admission requirements. Along with fulfilling prerequisites, students in these programs may take courses that introduce them to the ins and outs of veterinary medicine. These pre-veterinary programs also tend to offer students extracurricular activities, like pre-veterinary clubs.

Gain experience working with animals. Admission to veterinary school is highly competitive, and having experience with animals can significantly increase one's chances of being admitted to a DVM program. Aspiring animal doctors can volunteer to work under a licensed veterinarian, or they might volunteer at animal shelters, rescues or kennels.

  • Take the GRE

Veterinary colleges typically require that DVM program applicants take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit their scores to the admissions office. The GRE tests an individual's verbal, quantitative and analytical skills. Some programs may require that applicants achieve a minimum score on the GRE, such as a score above the 50th percentile, in order to qualify. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is another option that some schools may accept in lieu of the GRE.

Take a practice test. Educational Testing Service (ETS), which develops the GRE, offers a wide range of preparation materials for people scheduled to take the exam. Students getting ready for the exam can take the practice test to familiarize themselves with the content.

  • Complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Program

A DVM program takes four years to complete and is composed of three years of pre-clinical instruction and a final year of clinical training. Students may take courses in animal anatomy and physiology, immunology, veterinary neurobiology and genetics, parasitology and radiology. The clinical training during the final year of the program allows students to work with animals and participate in a variety of rotations involving animal cardiology, anaesthesia, dentistry, surgery and dermatology.

  • Obtain Licensure

All states require that veterinarians earn licensure. After obtaining a DVM degree, a future veterinarian may need to submit an application and pay a fee to be eligible for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). In addition to the NAVLE, some states may require that individuals take an exam that covers state laws and regulations. Licensure usually does not transfer to other states, so animal doctors may need to obtain licensure from each state in which they work.

  • Consider Certification

Veterinarians may want to consider obtaining specialty certification through the American Veterinary Medical Association. While certification is optional, it does demonstrate one's skills in a veterinary specialty, such as surgery, dentistry or internal medicine. Veterinarians may need to have 3-4 years of experience or additional training before being eligible for certification, depending on the specialty.

To become an animal doctor, you'll need a bachelor's degree, a DVM and a license from the state.

Admission Procedure Level wise

Taking admission to a top university or college can be a tiresome task. It is advised to the students that they should consult an advisor to get admission. Deadlines are one of the most important aspects to take admission as missing these dates can lead to cancellation of the application of the students.

Entrance exams

  • Appear for entrance exams such as IELTS or TOEFL to get admission. The student should also seek exams required other that this as according to the needs of the University.

How To apply

  • Identifying country, universities and the course of your interest
  • Request universities for Application forms
  • Taking various required tests
  • Arranging and preparing Essays and recommendation letters
  • Completing and Sending Application forms along with the required documents
  • Reporting various test scores to the universities

 

Normally, states require the Veterinary Technician National Examination to work as a veterinary technologist or technician, and different levels of optional certification are also available for technologists. Veterinarians, on the other hand, need state licensure. This requires taking the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination and any other state required exams. Veterinarians may also pursue specialty certification from the American Veterinary Medical Association after they meet additional experience and educational requirements.

 

 

Course & Syllabus Details Level wise

Here is an outline of common concepts taught in veterinary courses:

  • Animal pathology and parasitology
  • Veterinary medicinal care and practices
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Equine and/or avian care
  • Small and large animal care
  • Metabolic systems and nutrition
  • Immunology and Anaesthetics

Course 

Topics covered 

Learning Objectives 

Comparative Osteology and Anthropology 

Technical terms, structure, chemical composition and classification of bones, Bones of the axial skeleton of ox as a type and their comparison with those of horse, dog, pig and poultry, Classification and detailed study of different joints of the body.

To make a student well versed with the bones and joints of different

Comparative Splanchnology

Descriptive anatomy of various organs of digestive system and associated glands of ox and their comparison with those of horse, dog, pig and poultry. Study of formation of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities; reflection of the cavities, oesophagostomy, gastrotomy, rumenotomy, cystotomy, urethrotomy.

To give a detailed overview of different systems constituting splanchnology

Myology, Angiology, Neurology and Anaesthesiology of Ox

Classification of muscle fibres, Origin, insertion and relations of muscles of different body parts, Topographic anatomy of the vascular system comprising of heart, arteries, veins and lymphatics, gross anatomy of various sense organs.

The course gives a thorough knowledge about the muscles, course of blood vessels and nerves of an ox as a type of animal.

Theory and Practice of Histological and Histochemical Techniques

Preparation of tissues for light microscopy using different fixatives, Different staining methods for routine light microscopy, Frozen sectioning techniques and staining methods for enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, pigments etc.

 

General Histology and Ultrastructure

Light and ultrastructural details of animal cell, Light and ultrastructural details of epithelial tissue, ultrastructural details of muscular tissue, details of connective tissue and nervous tissue.

 

Developmental Anatomy

Gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage and gastrulation, Development of foetal membranes and placenta in domestic animals, Histogenesis of nervous system, sense organs, endocrine organs and cardiovascular system, Embryonic development of digestive, respiratory, uro-genital and musculoskeletal system.

To understand the developmental processes of different body systems at various stages of pregnancy.

Principles and Applications of Biomechanics

Biomechanics, its definition and scope with reference to anatomy and physiology of domestic animals and muscular-skeletal dynamics, Locomotion and clinical applications. Biomechanics of cortical and trabecular bones, Biomechanics of fracture fixation.

To familiarize the student about the importance of biomechanics.

 

Fees, Average Fees etc Level wise

College/University Name

Fees/tuition per annum

  • Cornell University

$40,000

  • University Of Massachusetts Amherst

$35,000

  • Michigan State University

$40,000

  • University of Arizona

$40,000

  • Pennsylvania State University

$40,000

  • Clemson University

$40,000

  • Northwest Missouri State University

$35,000

  • Purdue University

$35,000

Cost of studying for a Master’s degree is on an average/estimate $25,000-$30,000 per annum.

 

Career Scope

 

Veterinarians are the dedicated women and men whose profession is to take care of the health and welfare of animals and species. This is a wide field and includes many activities  such as the  clinical practice, biomedical research, education, diagnostic laboratories, consultation, or safeguarding our nation‚Äôs food supply. The specialty may vary; veterinarians are committed to perpetuate and preserve animal health. They are the ones who understand the prerequisites of animal welfare and the interdependent bond between animals and people.

  • Private Practice

About 80% of veterinarians choose to work in private practice, providing health care for companion animals. Private practitioners may work in a one-person practice or as part of a team in a larger clinic or hospital. Private practitioners offer many services including health exams, vaccinations, treatment of ill animals, surgery, and emergency care.

 

  • Research

Competent research veterinarians are constantly needed in pharmaceutical and private research laboratories, universities, and various government agencies. These veterinarians investigate basic and applied problems concerning food-producing animals, companion animals, laboratory animals, captive animals, wildlife, and various aquatic species.

 

  • Education

Thousands of veterinarians teach in universities and colleges. Wherever you find a medical school, agricultural school, or veterinary school you are likely to find a veterinarian helping to spread the knowledge of animal health and disease. Veterinarians in educational institutions teach students, conduct research, write for scientific journals and consumer magazines, and develop continuing education programs.

 

  • Diagnostic Laboratories

Fundamental to treatment of animal diseases is the need to establish a definitive diagnosis. Veterinarians who specialize in diagnostics include those with advanced training in pathology and microbiology. These specialists focus their careers on developing and utilizing state of the art equipment and techniques to analyse samples such as tissue or blood in order to deliver accurate, innovative, and timely diagnostic and consultative services to the veterinary and animal health community.

 

  • Consultation

Various businesses and organizations employ experienced veterinarians as full-time or part-time consultants. To be a successful consultant requires advanced skills developed through years of experience and advanced training and education. These veterinarians advise private businesses such as ranches, dairies, poultry farms, and meat processing facilities.

 

  • Public Health and Regulatory Medicine

All states in the U.S. (and many counties and cities) have veterinarians who advise and help control animal diseases. As public health officials, they continually inspect milk and other animal food products to make sure they are safe to consume. In regulatory medicine, public health veterinarians inspect meat, poultry, and dairy products, test for livestock disease, and oversee interstate transport of animals. Public health veterinarians are hired to investigate foodborne disease outbreaks, evaluate the safety of food and water, and study the effects of biological and environmental contamination.

 

Jobs & Salary Scope

Position/Title

Average Annual Salary 

Veterinarian 

$78,443

Epidemiologist/Medical Scientist

$76,230

Physician 

$198,370

Veterinary Technologist 

$34,710

Physician Assistant

$104, 760 

 

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