Studying veterinary medicine
Veterinary medicine, whether studied as a veterinary, a veterinary technician, or a veterinary assistant, can lead to a fulfilling career that gives you the opportunity to help animals maintain their health. There are many different types of specializations within veterinary medicine, and you may choose to focus on one of several areas, including small animal, large animal, emergency, farm animal, sports animal, or even experimental veterinary medicine.
The study of veterinary science is an exciting field and offers plenty of job opportunities upon graduation. Whether you pursue a full degree in veterinary sciences or you complete certification as a veterinary technician or a veterinary assistant, you can be sure that no matter where you choose to go, there will be plenty of job opportunities.
The field continues to grow as people increasingly consider their pets as part of the family and are more willing to spend extra money to maintain their pet's health and happiness.
Attending Veterinary College
There are several different types of degrees and certifications you can pursue in veterinary school. If you wish to become a veterinary doctor, you will first need to complete a Bachelor of Science, typically in Animal Sciences. Following the completion of your Bachelor's Degree, you will then have to apply to a veterinary college or school of veterinary medicine.
For students in North America, you will pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or a DVM. This is the standard certification for veterinary doctors in many parts of the world. However, if you're studying outside of North America, you may find that some schools refer to a Bachelor's of Veterinary Medicine at the same level as a North American DVM.
Regardless of where you study or what you're degree is titled, a veterinary doctor can expect to spend six to eight years of study preparing for his or her career.
Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants
Veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants are two completely different jobs. A veterinary technician is a trained medical professional who has focused his or her education on the technical aspects of animal care, such as performing blood work, administering medicines, performing anaesthesiology, and assisting in surgery. A veterinary assistant is also a trained medical professional; however, their level of training is not the same as a vet tech or a vet, and as such, an assistant works under the supervision of these experts.
Both of these certifications can be pursued in online courses; however, the veterinary technician will require more in-class and on-the-job opportunities to learn.