Career Overview

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. Use the search box to find videos made by Dr. Mark and Dr. Lorrie!


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!
Work Environment

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

Future Outlook

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada