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Becoming a Veterinarian
Are you thinking of becoming a veterinarian? The brochure Becoming a Veterinarian provides a good overview of what it takes to become a veterinarian and veterinary career options. The following resources provide information on what you need to do to prepare for rewarding career!
The average veterinarian completes a minimum of eight years of education after high school graduation: four years of undergraduate education and four years of veterinary school. A veterinary education is vigorous, demands solid abilities in math and science and requires a strong commitment to intense study. Answers to frequently asked questions for high school students and parents can be found here. Tips for applying to veterinary school can be found here.
Veterinary school involves coursework that mirrors the curriculum of human medical schools with the addition of applying this knowledge to multiple species. Veterinary students also spend many hours in a clinical setting working side by side with doctors getting hands on training. Once they graduate from a U.S. veterinary school, they receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD). After their coursework is completed, veterinary students must also pass a national licensing exam before they can practice veterinary medicine. Some veterinarians may pursue further education, such as an internship and residency, which may lead them to becoming a veterinary board-certified specialist.
Several colleges in NJ offer programs to meet the prerequisites for veterinary programs. Upon completion of prerequisites, an individual will have to travel out of state to pursue the doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Information about schools with veterinary programs can be found here.
Veterinary Education Costs