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Transcript of Veterinary Medicine
By: Alexandra Trahan
They work in the area of wildlife preservation.
In public health, Veterinarians function as epidemiologists.
They work in regulatory capacities.
They work in the educational sector.
Some work for private and government laboratories, and for government agencies at entry level.
Lastly, they have to be on call at all times in case of an emergency.
People that wish to be a veterinarian must have an appreciation of animals and an interest in science. Veterinarians must possess good manual dexterity and have good communication, people and time-management skills. For the Veterinarians that wish to own their own practice, they must have solid business skills.
I do have these skills. I can communicate well with people and can explain things well.
For example, when someone doesn't understand how to do a math problem, I can explain the steps well enough for them to at least understand how to get the answer.
Once a student graduates Veterinary School, most Veterinarians begin their careers as employees of established clinical practices while others go on to establish their own clinics. Veterinarians have excellent advancement opportunities. After obtaining entry-level technical, research, teaching, or management positions, Veterinarians often advance to more senior level roles.
Veterinarians are medical professionals who care for animals.
I want to be a veterinarian because I want to help animals who are in need.
Veterinarians will see overall employment rates increase at a rate that is about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014.
There is a better outlook for veterinarians who wish to work with farm animals.
The average annual starting salaries for Veterinarians was between $38,628 and $50,878 in 2004.
I feel I could support myself on this salary.
In 2004, annual salaries for Veterinarians ranged from $39,020 to more than $118,430.
Those caring exclusively for horses earned the smallest starting salaries, while those caring mainly for smaller animals earned the highest salaries.
New Information Learned
I learned that some veterinarians work in regulatory capacities and ensure the safety of the food supply by inspecting livestock and helping to prevent the spread of disease between animals and humans.
I also learned that there is an optional residency for veterinary students that want to specialize in a particular area of study.
My short-term goal is to get into a great college that have a pre-vet program and suits me personally and get a lot of experience at a veterinarian's office.
My long-term goal is to finish all 8 years of schooling and work alongside another veterinarian until I feel I can own my own practice. I would like to possibly have a mixed practice or focus on small animals and horses.
I can conclude that I have a lot of work ahead of me to do but I am prepared. I must finish high school and apply to colleges right now. I will have to take a lot of math and science courses. I will have to work with small animals if I want the most amount of money.
High School students must apply to a college that either has a pre-veterinary program or they can major in Biology or Animal Science. They must earn an undergraduate degree that includes heavy course work in English, science, and business. Candidates then apply to an accredited college of Veterinary medicine. After a period of 4 years, students earn a doctor of veterinary medicine degree (D.V.M). Some students choose to complete an optional one-year internship in a particular specialty and a 2-4 year residence program that leads to board certification in a specialty.
Some veterinarians work in a clinical setting where they are in a building all day and help the animals in need there. Other vets who are working in mixed practices will work in both the office setting and will travel to ranches and farms to care for animals there.
The work environment will differ depending on the type of work a vet is doing. If a vet is seeing an animal for a vaccine then they won't be stressed but if an animal is in surgery then the vet will be stressed.