How To Become A Large Animal Vet

If you want to learn how to become a large animal Vet, or veterinarian, there are a few steps you should follow. The field of veterinary medicine is small and highly competitive but there is a need across the country for large animal vets.  If you're an animal lover, you'll definitely want to check out more funny animal videos to loosen you up.

  1. Go to college. Veterinary school is like medical school in that you will need to earn a graduate degree. You need to first obtain a bachelors degree from an accredited institution. You can major in anything that interests you since veterinary schools don't require any specific major.
  2. Find out what classes you should take. There is not a standard set of science courses required for admission to vet school. Each institution varies in what classes they want you to have taken at the undergraduate level. You can figure out which classes you need to take by going to the admissions page of the veterinary school you wish to attend.
  3. Find out what tests you need to take. Some schools don't require a standardized test and some will accept the MCAT. Most veterinary schools use the GRE for their entrance examination. This information can also be found on the admissions page of your selected veterinary school or on the American Association of Veterinary Colleges website. For most people, the GRE will be easier to take than the MCAT.
  4. Obtain an internship. Internships will look good on your resume and they will help you in the selection process. UC Davis, for example, bases 25 percent of their admissions decision on veterinary experience.
  5. Maintain a competitive GPA. Most successful applicants to Veterinary school have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA. If you have already graduated from college and you think your GPA is low, you can always re-enroll and take more classes before applying to veterinary school. Check with the admissions office at your school for the appropriate re-entry procedures.
  6. Graduate from veterinary school. After graduating from veterinary school, you will receive your DMV. (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine). There are 27 accredited veterinary schools in the United States. Find schools with the best options for large animal veterinarians. You can see the list of accredited schools at the American Academy of Veterinary Medicine website.
  7. Complete a residency program. Your residency is what will distinguish large animal veterinarians from small animal veterinarians. Most prospective veterinary school students desire to work with large animals such as horses and cattle.
  8. Take the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam. This is a comprehensive exam that will cover everything you learned in Veterinary school. This test is offered in three different windows each year, and consists of 360 multiple choice questions.

Resources:

Vet school admissions

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

 

 

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