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Why study veterinary science at a medical college

If you’re passionate about animal welfare and have a scientific mind, taking a veterinary medicine course could be the perfect degree subject for you.

Becoming a vet isn’t easy. The sector is highly competitive and the training long and expensive. However, qualified vets get to work across the globe with a variety of different animals and species.

Vets work everywhere from small neighbourhood practices to with elephants and the Big Five in Africa – this is a career for those with imagination.

What will I study on a veterinary program?

The veterinary profession has grown in the last century and is now an extremely popular industry. A veterinary science program from a medical college is vital if you want to develop your career as a vet.

Veterinary programs will cover topics like veterinary science, animal health and handling, animal husbandry and clinical science.

Veterinary science graduates are almost guaranteed a job at the end of their training. There is an acute shortage of vets in many countries, so employment rates for students are well above 90% at most veterinary schools. Most graduates go into general veterinary practices initially before heading into research or the state veterinary service.

Length and structure

Veterinary programs are structured between intense periods of classroom and lab-based study and time spent on placement learning from real life vets.

Your study will be split into several distinct parts: Pre-clinical, clinical and final year practical. Pre-clinical study will focus on giving you the basic clinical skills needed to become a vet, the clinical section will focus on hands-on experience and a research project, and your final year will be a supervised period as a trainee vet.

The length of the course depends on the institution and country you choose to study in, but as a guide, you should expect to study for between 5-8 years.

How can a veterinary program help my career?

A veterinary qualification is a requirement if you want to practice as a vet in almost all countries, so taking the time to choose a good degree is vital.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in various fields with optional modules, which will help you to choose a sector to work in.

Entry requirements

If you want to study a veterinary science or a related subject at a medical school, you will have to have a relevant undergraduate or school-level qualification in veterinary science or in a subject such as biology, chemistry or other related scientific subjects.

If you choose to study in a country with a different first language to your own, you may need to take a language course/test before admitted. For example, English language programs may ask you to complete a TOEFL or IELTS test.

  • High level of numeracy and literacy
  • Successful interview
  • School qualifications in science based subjects

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