Career Details


Career Overview

Veterinarians diagnose and treat illnesses in animals. In addition, they provide advice to pet owners about how to keep their pets healthy.


A doctorate in veterinary medicine is required to obtain this position. Typically, a veterinary program takes four-five years to complete. Most people already have a four-year bachelor’s degree before entering a veterinary program, although this isn’t always necessary. Some students may complete a number of pre-veterinary courses, then enroll in the veterinary medicine program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$40,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr
$150,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

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Work Environment

Veterinarians typically work in animal hospitals and clinics, while some do work in laboratories or for the government.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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