Qualifications to Enter Veterinary Medicine.

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Qualifications to Enter Veterinary Medicine By: Candice Williams The first step to take to become a veterinarian is to choose an undergraduate college. When selecting a school, it is smart to consider factors such as location, cost, type of school, size of the school, and availability of pre-veterinary advisors. Apart from some exceptions, students usually complete a four-year bachelor's degree program before entering veterinary school. The Ontario Veterinary College is the oldest veterinary college in the Americas in terms of continuous operation. It began in Toronto in 1862, was moved to Guelph, Ontario in 1922 and became a founding college of the University of Guelph in 1964. The Ontario Veterinary College has the following advanced degree programs: Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc). For entry to the Masters of Science program a Bachelor of Science (Honors) or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree is needed. To be accepted to the Doctor of Philosophy program you must complete a Master of Science program by thesis, even though top students may, if approval, go directly to the Doctor of Philosophy program before completing their Master of Science degree.


To practice veterinary medicine in Ontario you must have a license from the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). The College of Veterinarians of Ontario sets all licensing needs for veterinarians under the Veterinarians Act of 1989. Veterinarians in Ontario work in private practices (animal clinics), laboratories, zoos, conservation areas and reserves, government and industry. You cannot practice veterinary medicine or call yourself a veterinarian without a license, but you can help a veterinarian as a veterinary assistant or technician. A veterinary assistant or technician must work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) offers memberships to those who have graduated from a technical school not approved by the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians or have been self-educated. Veterinary work and employment can lead to a number of fields using education in and knowledge of animals. For example in a kennel, zoo, pet shop, animal sanctuary as an animal welfare officer, research and technical support staff, animal trainer, breeder or groomer. There are also many opportunities for well-trained students to be self-employed in some of these areas.


at most veterinary colleges or "Veterinary Medical Doctor" (VMD) at the University of Pennsylvania. So most veterinarians have had six years, or more, of college level courses. During the final year at many veterinary schools students spend most of their time in the clinics learning to apply the academic training they received during the earlier years. They may go out into the 'real world' and practice veterinarians, zoos, referral centers, government health agencies, etc. There are a number of jobs that veterinarians do. Most practice veterinary medicine in private veterinary hospitals, performing medical and surgical tasks on pets or farm animals. Many work for government groups and help ensure the safety of foods we eat, research diseases, and work with public health agencies. Some veterinarians work with the space program and one veterinarian has been on two space shuttle missions. Veterinarians work for pharmaceutical companies, laboratories and other businesses. A few veterinarians write for magazines. There are a lot of possible jobs that veterinarians are qualified for. Access to a good veterinarian schools is very competitive. If you are serious about becoming a veterinarian, you should begin preparing as soon as you can. Even in junior high or high school, you can pursue a number of activities that will help you learn about animals and their care.

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