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What is the highest degree a veterinarian can get?

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Nicholas Rivera on September 11, 2018

The highest degree a veterinarian can get is a doctorate which is required to be a veterinarian. Read the following according to the Labor Department.

Veterinarians must obtain a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a State license. Admission to veterinary school is competitive.

The education and training. Prospective veterinarians must graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D. V. M. or V. M. D.) degree from a 4 year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are 28 colleges in 26 States that meet accreditation standards established by the Board of Education of the American Veterinary medical Association (AVMA).

The prerequisites for admission to veterinary programs vary. Many programs do not require a bachelor's degree for entrance, but all require a significant number of credit hours-ranging from 45 to 90 semester hours-at the undergraduate level. However, the majority of students admitted have completed a program of studies and graduated with a bachelor's degree. Applicants without a degree face a difficult task in gaining admittance.

Preveterinary courses should emphasize the sciences. Veterinary medical colleges typically require applicants to have taken classes in organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, general biology, animal biology, animal nutrition, genetics, vertebrate embryology, cellular biology, microbiology, zoologyand systemic physiology. Some programs require calculus; some require only statistics, college algebra and trigonometry or pre-calculus. Most veterinary medical colleges also require some courses in English or literature, other humanities, and the social sciences. Increasingly, courses in general business management and career development have become a standard part of the curriculum to teach new graduates how to effectively run a practice.

In addition to satisfying preveterinary course requirements, applicants must submit test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Veterinary college Admission Test (VCAT) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), depending on the preference of the university to which they are applying. Currently, 22 schools require the GRE, 4 require the VCAT, and 2 accept the MCAT.

Admission to veterinary school is competitive. The number of accredited veterinary colleges has remained largely the same since 1983, but the number of applicants has increased significantly. Only 1 of every 3 applicants was accepted in 2007.


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