What does a veterinarian do? According to Purdue University:
- "Veterinarians take health histories of animals, perform and interpret tests, diagnose problems, prescribe medications, develop treatment plans, and perform surgeries.
- Veterinary medicine is a very large field encompassing many fascinating careers.
- Veterinarians can specialize in large, small, and exotic animal care.
- Areas in need of more veterinarians are food animal safety and laboratory animal health.
- Having a love for animals is important in veterinary medicine, as well as being able to work with people.
- Veterinarians are helping pet owners through difficult times, keeping our food supply safe, and studying diseases that often impact human populations.
- Many veterinarians are also involved in homeland security issues to help prevent bioterrorist attacks and to help protect our populations following one.
- Veterinary medicine is a complex field with many opportunities to work with both animals and people."
Time to degree: Four years
Clinical requirements: One year of clinical rotations
Certification requirements: Successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (and possibly an additional state licensing exam)
Minimum GPA: 3.0 (for Purdue University)
Tuition: $147,000–$250,000 (in state), $191,000–$338,000 (out of state)
Exam requirement: GRE
Application deadlines: Early October for fall admission; complete VMCAS application
Median Indiana salary: $82,040
Projected job growth: 36% by 2020
Prerequisite courses (for Purdue University):
|Biology I and II with lab||BIOL-K 101 & BIOL-K 103|
|Genetics with lab||BIOL-K 322 & BIOL-K 323|
|Microbiology with lab||BIOL-K 356 & BIOL-K 357|
|Biochemistry||BIOL-K 384 or CHEM-C 384|
|General Chemistry I and II with lab||CHEM-C 105 & 125, CHEM-C 106 & 126|
|Organic Chemistry I and II with lab||CHEM-C 341 & 343, CHEM-C 342 & 344|
|Physics I and II with lab||PHYS-P 201 & PHYS-P 202|
|Statistics||STAT 30100 or STAT-N 501 or SPEA-K 300|
|Animal Nutrition||ANSC 22300||May be taken at Purdue WL or online|
|Three semesters of humanities elective||PSY-B 110, SOC-R 100, or foreign language|