For veterinarians

Helping the next generation of veterinarians

Many veterinarians have students and parents ask about a career in veterinary medicine. Sometimes the questions include, "What does it take to get into vet school?" The following information can help you answer that question.

What can you tell them?

Encourage students to prepare in the following areas:

Academic Preparation

  • If possible, students should take these courses while in high school
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Take four years of math
  • Learn to write well
  • Learn how to study

Career Exploration

  • Shadow and/or work for a veterinarian. Be prepared for students to ask:
    • How did you get into the field of veterinary medicine?
    • What do you like most about being a vet?
    • What is the worst part of being a vet?
    • What advice can you give me?

Leadership Development

  • Get involved in an organization
  • Take a leadership where you can

Visit Campus(es)—more than once!

Share your experience

Provide job shadow experience

  • Allow students to shadow you for a day if possible
  • If shadowing isn't possible, talk with students one-on-one

High school career day

  • Many high schools ask veterinarians to speak at their career day. We can help! Contact us for:
    • Talking points
    • Student information (handouts, brochures)
    • PowerPoint presentation

Help with student debt

Paying for veterinary school is a concern for many students. You may be able to assist future generations of veterinarians by offering: