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8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

4340 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85711

What Does it Take to be a Veterinarian?

If you’re an animal lover trying to determine a career path for yourself, the thought of becoming a veterinarian may have crossed your mind. Beyond caring for sick and injured animals of various breeds, veterinarians also conduct surgeries and prescribe medications. The process of becoming a veterinarian is very similar to the process of becoming a doctor!

The first thing you need to do is either graduate high school or pass the GED exam. Next you’ll want to attend college and major in a field pertaining to biological sciences. The requirements will vary depending upon the veterinary school you’d like to attend, so be sure to check their pre-requisites. While attending college, consider becoming a volunteer at a local animal shelter or veterinary clinic. Hands-on experience is always positively viewed and will help increase your chances of being accepted to the veterinary school you’d like to attend. Since there are only 28 accredited schools in the United States, enrollment is incredibly competitive.

Once you have your Bachelor’s degree you’ll want to take the GRE and get recommendation letters to accompany your applications. A recommendation letter from wherever you were a a volunteer would be a great one to have. Once you have been accepted into veterinary school, you’ll earn your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in four years. While in veterinary school, it’s a good idea to do an internship or residency program. Inquire with a credible veterinary clinic like Encanto Pet Clinic to see about opportunities.

Once you complete veterinary school, you’ll need to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam. Passing this test will provide you with the license you need to practice veterinary medicine. There may also be state level tests, depending upon where you live. The next thing you’ll do is take the veterinarian’s oath, making the promise that you’ll use the knowledge you have gained for good and not evil!

Need a veterinarian in Tucson? Contact Encanto Pet Clinic today!