What does a veterinarian do?
According to Purdue University,
- "Veterinarians take health histories of animals, perform & 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: 4 years
Clinical Requirements: 1 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 (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 IN Salary: $82,040
Projected Job Growth: 36% by 2020
Prerequisite Courses (Purdue University)
- General (Inorganic) Chemistry with lab: 2 semesters
- Organic Chemistry with lab: 2 semesters
- Biochemistry: 1 semester
- General Biology with lab (diversity, developmental, cell structure): 2 semesters
- Genetics: 1 semester
- Microbiology (general or medical) with lab: 1 semester
- Physics with lab: 2 semesters
- Statistics: 1 semester
- Animal Nutrition: 1 semester
- English Composition: 1 semester
- Communication (interpersonal, persuasion, or speech): 1 semester
- Humanities (foreign language, cognitive sciences, and social sciences): 3 semesters