Career in Veterinary Medicine

If you are interested in working with animals, you are fascinated by science, medicine, surgery, or zoonotic diseases and you enjoy problem solving, then a career in veterinary medicine might be right for you.

A veterinarian is a doctor of animal health who has trained at a university for at least six years to earn a doctoral degree (the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree) and is licensed to provide medical and surgical care for animals.

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An Animal Health Technologist/Technician or Veterinary Technologist/Technician is a veterinary nurse who has professionally trained in a college program for two or three years to earn an AHT/RVT/VT diploma.

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What is a Specialist? Just as is the case in human medicine, there are practicing specialists in the field of veterinary medicine. A specialist is a veterinarian who has undertaken extra training (typically three to four years) to gain advanced competency in a very specific area of veterinary medicine. Once training is completed, comprehensive examinations and evaluation of proficiency are carried out by specific specialty colleges. Upon satisfactory completion of this intensive evaluation, the veterinarian is granted board certification in the specialty in which they trained. Examples of specialties in veterinary medicine include anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency and critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organizations