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Veterinarian Schools Help People Help Animals

If you love animals, you may find that veterinarian school is just what the doctor ordered. However, be prepared to engage in some serious science. Veterinarian school can be challenging.

Before treating a single animal, veterinarians must graduate with a diploma that says "Doctor of Veterinary Medicine." This is a four-year degree and the college attended must be accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

In order to gain admittance to that four-year program, you must either already have a bachelor's degree or possess significant work experience in the veterinary field. Different veterinarian schools have different admission requirements. All veterinarians must be licensed by their state before practicing. If you'd like to work in veterinary medicine, but aren't interested spending that long in school, consider a position as a veterinary technician or technologist. These careers typically require two- and four-year degrees, respectively, for entry-level positions.

Working veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technologists commonly pursue further training and classes while working in their field.

Veterinarian Career Paths and Job Outlook

About 75 percent of veterinarians are self-employed, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Often, veterinarians form a group practice or work purely on their own as business owners. Such self-sufficient practices also provide jobs for vet techs who work under licensed veterinarians.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected job growth in the field at a sizable 35 percent from 2006 to 2016. The fact that veterinarian schools are not as plentiful as schools for more mainstream occupations means that those who do gain the proper training have a strong position in the job market. As of 2006, 62,000 people worked as veterinarians.

According to the BLS, the median annual earnings of a veterinarian tallied $79,050 in May of 2008. The top ten percent of veterinarians earned $143,660. Advanced training such as masters and PhD degrees may provide the best chances to earn at the upper end of that scale. In the same year, veterinary technicians and technologists earned $28,900.

Veterinary Schools
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Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.

Programs : Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

Mesa: 2160 S. Power Road Mesa, AZ 85209

Las Vegas: 3333 E. Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89121

Denver: 7475 Dakin Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80221

Renton: 555 S. Renton Village Place Suite 400 Renton, WA 98057

Colorado Springs: 3770 Citadel Drive North Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Chula Vista: 780 Bay Blvd #101 Chula Vista, CA 91910

Tucson: 3350 E. Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85716

Albuquerque: 4400 Cutler Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

Seattle: 9709 Third Avenue NE Suite 400 Seattle, WA 98115

Houston: 10201 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024

Flexible career learning to fit your busy lifestyle - National American University.

Programs : Veterinary Technology A.A.S., Veterinary Assisting Diploma, and more..

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Rapid City: 5301 South Highway 16 Rapid City, SD 57701

Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

Programs : Veterinary Assistant, Grooming Instruction, Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course - On-Site, and more..

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Valencia: 25104 Rye Canyon Loop Valencia, CA 91355

Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

Programs : Veterinary Assisting, and more..

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Norcross: Norcross, GA

Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

Programs : Veterinary Assistant, and more..

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Scranton: Scranton, PA 18501

  Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.

Programs : Veterinary Technician, and more..

Campus Locations :

Fairview Heights: 110 Commerce Lane Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Sanford-Brown can help prepare you for a rewarding career in health and dental care, business, paralegal, criminal justice, Design & Media Arts or information technology.

Programs : Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Jacksonville: 10255 Fortune Pkwy #501, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Tampa: 7702 Woodland Center Blvd., Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33614

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs.

Programs : Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology, Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Practice Management Technology, and more..

Campus Locations :

East Greenwich: One New England Tech Boulevard East Greenwich, RI 02818

Miami-Jacobs Career College (MJCC) can help get you from here to a new career!

Programs : Veterinary Technology - Associate of Applied Science, and more..

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Troy: 865 Market Street Troy, OH 45373

Ready for a rewarding career in healthcare? Carrington College™ can help.

Programs : Veterinary Assisting, and more..

Campus Locations :

Phoenix: 2701 W Bethany Home Phoenix, AZ 85017

Tucson: 3550 N Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85705

Mesa: 1322 South Country Club Drive Mesa, AZ 85210

Spokane: 10102 E. Knox Suite 200 Spokane, WA 99206

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