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 IN Salary: $82,040
Projected Job Growth: 36% by 2020
Prerequisite Courses (for Purdue University):
- General (inorganic) chemistry with lab: two semesters
- Organic chemistry with lab: two semesters
- Biochemistry: one semester
- General biology with lab (diversity, developmental, cell structure): two semesters
- Genetics: one semester
- Microbiology (general or medical) with lab: one semester
- Physics with lab: two semesters
- Statistics: one semester
- Animal nutrition: one semester
- English composition: one semester
- Communication (interpersonal, persuasion, or speech): one semester
- Humanities (foreign language, cognitive sciences, and social sciences): three semesters