Veterinarians provide health care services to non-human animals, including companion animals, livestock, wildlife, and zoo animals. They become skilled in microbiology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and surgery. Many veterinarians are private practitioners, but training as a veterinarian can also lead to careers in animal research, public health, food safety, regulatory medicine, and education.
Becoming a veterinarian requires specialized training and licensure, or completing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD). There are many veterinary schools in the United States, and each has somewhat different admissions requirements. We recommend students visit the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website to explore programs and learn more about what is needed to become admitted. When pursuing a DVM, some programs offer the option to concurrently earn a master of science (DVM/MS), master of public health (DVM/MPH), or Ph.D. (DVM/Ph.D.).