What Does It Take to Become a Veterinarian?

By January 15, 2013Blog

Believe it or not, Veterinarians spend anywhere from 8-12 years in college and post-doctorate programs! Classes from microbiology to physics to calculus form the basis for their education. Later in their educational careers, anatomy, gastroenterology and dermatology are just a few of the classes they have to take. It’s important to remember that they must also become familiar with all species; dogs, cats, horses, pigs, reptiles and birds are just a sampling!

Currently, there are only 28 Veterinary schools in the United States. Each year there are about 5,000 applicants with only 2,100 applicants being accepted. Competition is stiff! Students’ dedication and desire must be strong. The cost is now astronomical. Still, every year, people apply to enter Veterinary school; one of the toughest roads they will ever travel.

Following graduation, a Veterinarian can decide to further his education, so as to become a specialist in a specific Veterinary discipline. These specialty areas include emergency medicine, ophthalmology, internal medicine, surgery or even behavioral medicine. To get this advanced education will require an additional 2-3 years of schooling.

So, before you rely on an Internet search for information regarding Fido’s health, consider calling your Veterinarian. He will know your Fido best, and by having Fido in front of him, will be able to provide you with the most applicable and reliable information for your furry friend!

Dr. Wasserman