What Does it Take to Become a Veterinarian?

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What does it take to become a veterinarian?

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Veterinary medicine is a career with many opportunities.  From farm calls, to pet appointments, to treating zoo animals, to even working in companies that develop new treatment methods for animals and people.

Obviously, all veterinarians begin with a call to care for animals.  It is very meaningful to help an injured or sick animal recover and relieve suffering.  Many animals would not improve without a veterinarian’s help.

Schooling usually requires an undergraduate college degree followed by a four year veterinary college program.  After veterinary college graduation and having passed two days of testing (boards), a new graduate can begin practicing.  Many graduates go further with more years of advanced training to become specialists in one of twenty-two types of specialties such as dentistry, surgery,  internal medicine, anesthesiology, and even animal behavior.

It all starts with a desire to help and an inquiring mind.

For questions or concerns about your furry friend, please call Hudson Veterinary Hospital at 330-650-2929.

Dr. Bob