Being a vet is one of the most exciting jobs in the world. You get the chance to not only work with people but with animals, the most. The welfare of these little ones (and some big ones) lies in how you assess and come up with interventions to meet their health needs, may it be giving birth, malnutrition, or surgery, it all lies in your critical thinking, on how you integrate anatomy and physiology, and pathology.
To become a veterinarian, you have to have that interest in animals. You don’t actually become a vet, spending eight to ten years, if it doesn’t stir you up. Going to vet school is not that easy even if you are driven to serve your lifetime to animals, it costs you much (even if you have student loans), too much effort, and it costs you a lot of time, too! So if you are really determined to end up being a veterinarian, then let me help you find ways to get the burden lighter as you fulfill your dream career:
1: Start off with high school.
Upon entrance to vet school, high GPA’s and SAT’s are very much considered, most especially by well-known Veterinary Medicine institutions. Your time in high school is a very good preparatory field as you enter the life of a veterinary student. Take your Biology and Chemistry classes most especially because these are really useful when you start battling your subjects in college.
2: Check if you still need prerequisites plus other requirements ahead and get going.
Most vet schools require three to four years undergraduate education, considering your prerequisites if completed before you get admitted to their institution. Also, you have to look into their entrance requirements.
3: Get ahead with experience.
Work experience is a factor now considered by a lot of vet schools when they admit students to their program. It assures them that you are really committed to establishing well-being among animals, it speaks of your level of commitment to the field. You may consider spending your summer vacation or your after-school hours working for the following:
– Work for a veterinarian. Whether for small-scale or large-scale practitioners, it doesn’t matter. Just be consistent with it. You can learn a lot from them, and it won’t be that hard for you to do your hands-on since you already have tried it earlier.
– Work at a zoo, farm, pet store, preserve, state park or stable. Your time spent with these animals allows you to know more about them and study them without even pressured to do so. You can freely observe them and relate the things you read — this helps you in familiarizing them more compared to scheduled laboratory work.
– Work in a science- or medicine-related field. Having too much interest in these fields gives them the idea that you really are into veterinary medicine. Not only you get familiar with stuff and other apparatus, but you get the chance of being given larger responsibilities as you have well-performed simple ones.
4: Get your interests at peak.
When you admit yourself to vet school, make them know that you are really interested, that you are willing to spend sleepless nights and extra hours just to study and do your best to become a veterinarian. Your desire would convince them that you are worth accepting in their institution, that you’re worth to become a practitioner someday.
Becoming a veterinarian isn’t that easy but those are just some ways to help you ease out a little your trip towards your desired career path. Good luck then, you better get going!