Requirements to Become a Veterinarian

The requirements to become a veterinarian are beyond just basically going to college. In fact, a 4 year degree is required before you can even attend veterinary school to begin with. As you read on through this article, you will learn just what the requirements to become a veterinarian are.



First, you have to consider your high school grades. If you are still in school, you must do what you can to get the best possible grades to ensure you are admitted to a college of your choice. The grades are not the only deciding factor in getting admitted to college however. You will also need to be able to successfully take college SATs which are required by universities.

Once you have gotten through that, and you start your 4 year college career, you will want to make sure that you select the proper classes that will get you admitted to the veterinarian school of your choice. These classes include animal biology, physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, genetics, zoology and cellular biology. Then, once you have received your 4 year degree, you will next begin looking at getting accepted to veterinarian school.

It’s once again, not simply a matter of registering. You will need to submit test scores for consideration for admission to these schools as well. One set of scores are the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Some schools, though not necessarily all of them, will also want to see the scores of your Veterinary College Admissions Test (VCAT). The requirements will vary from school to school, and it will indicate on the school application as to what you will actually need to provide to the admissions board.



When selecting a school, you will want to make sure the school is accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA). Upon completion of the school, which requires 4 years of study, you will be given a Veterinary Degree. Once you have received your degree, you can then move on to the next step in the process.

While it is not a requirement, completing a one year internship can go a long way in helping you advance your career in veterinary medicine. Upon completion of their studies, most graduates will seek a internship position for about a year, which helps them in their earning potential later on down the line, having gained some experience in the field.
Obtaining your license is the last necessity. Requirements will vary from state to state, but most require a written test that must be passed from the National Board Examination. So, while it may seem the requirements to become a veterinarian may be many, it can be quite a rewarding career. This can be especially true in the case of a person who has a love for animals.

Your local college or university will have more information about specific requirements to become a veterinarian, so your search should begin there. If they do not have a veterinarian program, they will be able to direct you to a school that does.

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