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Transcript of Veterinarian
Earning a doctor of veterinary medicine degree typically takes four years. Although it is sometimes possible to gain acceptance to a college of veterinary medicine without first earning a bachelor’s degree, most students have completed their undergraduate degrees before enrolling. Admission is highly competitive -- fewer than 50 percent of those who applied for admission in 2010 were accepted, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- so students might want to consider whether earning their four-year degrees would increase their chances for acceptance.
What is the job demand?
A video about a day in the life of a vet.
Why I want to be a veterinarian
I want to be a veterinarian because I want to help and take care of hurt or sick animals. I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I have never wanted to be anything except for one.
Pictures of veterinarians and animals
What they do
Veterinarians help hurt or sick animals to bring them back to good health.Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.
The median annual wage for veterinarians was $84,460 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,530, and the top 10 percent earned more than $144,100.