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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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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

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..

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

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

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

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Valencia: 25104 Rye Canyon Loop Valencia, CA 91355

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..

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

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Programs : Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist, and more..

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Fort Lauderdale: 6301 Kaplan University Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.

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

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

Mesa: 957 S. Dobson Road Mesa, AZ 85202

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

Houston: 10201 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024

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

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

Tucson: 3350 E. Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85716

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

Albuquerque: 4400 Cutler Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

Denver: 7475 Dakin Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80221

Ready for a rewarding career? Start with a certificate or degree from Carrington College California.

Programs : AS in Veterinary Technology, and more..

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San Jose: 6201 San Ignacio Avenue San Jose, CA 95119

Stockton: 1313 W. Robinhood Drive Suite B Stockton, CA 95207

San Leandro: 15555 E. 14th Street Suite 500 San Leandro, CA 94578

Citrus Heights: 7301 Greenback Lane Suite A Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Pleasant Hill: 380 Civic Drive Suite 300 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Sacramento: 8909 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95826

Discover the power of ONE COURSE A MONTH® to fit education into your busy life.

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

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Canton: 4300 Munson St. NW Canton, OH 44718

Salina: 2106 South 9th Street Salina, KS 67401

Fort Wayne: 3000 East Coliseum Boulevard, Suite 100 Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Cincinnati: 1011 Glendale-Milford Road Cincinnati, OH 45215

Findlay: 1700 Fostoria Avenue, Suite 100 Findlay, OH 45840

Get hands-on training with Vista College.

Programs : Veterinary Technician, and more..

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Lubbock: Pyramid Plaza Building 3223 S. Loop 289, Suite 570 Lubbock, TX 79423

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