How to get started learning what you need to know about becoming a dentist:
- Review the Careers in Veterinary Medicine resources on the website
- Subscribe to the AAVMC youtube channel
- Explore and commit to completing the listed experiences on the Pre-Veterinary Major Map
- Read the VCU Bulletin for students interested in Veterinary Medicine
- Vault Guides – A sample of careers in healthcare. Each guide gives, among other valuable information, an overview of the job and entry-level requirements
- Explore the career summary for a veterinarian on O*Net Online
- Use VCU’s online community, VCU LINK, which connects students, alumni and friends of the university for career advice, industry contacts and meaningful professional relationships
Veterinarians are best known for healing ill and injured animals and maintaining the health and well-being of pets and farm animals, but that’s not all they do.
For instance, as more and more links are being found between human and animal diseases, such as SARS, mad cow disease, West Nile virus and avian flu, among others, veterinarians are working alongside other medical professionals in public health and research. Other career options.Course Recommendations for Veterinary Medical School
In general most schools of Veterinary Medicine they generally require a minimum of 90 credit hours with courses in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, math, English and humanities/social sciences.
How to apply to Veterinary School?
VMCAS Web application (submitted electronically)
A minimum Three (3) completed evaluations using official VMCAS electronic forms.
All official Transcripts from each school you attended: See Transcript Verification.
- GRE Scores are sent directly to VMCAS for most of the VMCAS schools. When taking the GRE, look for a VMCAS code next to the school name.
Supplemental application, if required by the designated VMCAS college, and any associated fees
Other standardized test scores may be required by the school you are applying to. Please check with them.
Important Qualities of a Veterinarian
- Business Acumen A great veterinarian has sharp business skills and can manage finances and other requirements a veterinary clinic demands.
- Communication Skills A great veterinarian has excellent communication skills and can talk effectively with pet owners to determine exactly what the animal needs, as well as explain clearly to the owner what the diagnosis is and what the treatment will be.
- Compassion A great veterinarian is very compassionate, both to animals and their owners. They are able to put animals and their owners at ease during a visit.
- Customer Service Skills A great veterinarian has excellent customer service skills and can satisfy the animal care needs of pet owners.
- Dedication A great veterinarian has an excellent sense of dedication to the profession and the hours of study it requires, both in college and in continuing education courses.
- Good Manual Dexterity A great veterinarian has great manual dexterity and is able to restrain various-sized animals as necessary and perform intricate procedures and surgical maneuvers with ease.
- Passion for Animals A great veterinarian is passionate about animals and committed to providing them the best care.
- Quick Decision Making Skills A great veterinarian is able to respond quickly in emergency situations and make decisions quickly as necessary.
- Thorough Knowledge A great veterinarian has thorough knowledge of the anatomy, ailments, and behaviors of the dozens of different animals they treat.
- Time Management Skills A great veterinarian has excellent time management skills and is able to balance the demands of a filled appointment schedule.