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:
- If possible, students should take these courses while in high school
- Take four years of math
- Learn to write well
- Learn how to study
- 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?
- 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:
- Scholarship (visit the University of Nebraska Foundation website for information)
- Paid internship
- Paid work experience