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Veterinary Medicine. Why People Consider Veterinary Medicine As a Career. Compassion and respect for animals Interest in science and medical research Skills and patience necessary for a helping/service profession Desire to improve the welfare of both animals and humans.

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why people consider veterinary medicine as a career
Why People Consider Veterinary Medicine As a Career
  • Compassion and respect for animals
  • Interest in science and medical research
  • Skills and patience necessary for a helping/service profession
  • Desire to improve the welfare of both animals and humans
veterinary education
Veterinary Education
  • Admission to vet school requires certain coursework be completed but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree. The average successful applicant has over four (4) years of education.
  • There are 27 veterinary schools in the United States.
  • There are about 8000 veterinary students in the U.S.
Most veterinary schools accept applications on a regional or statewide basis.
  • Males and females are accepted in approximately a 25/75 ratio.
  • One’s chances of being accepted on one application are between 12% and 33%.
  • While admission is difficult, 90% of students who enter will graduate.
admission to the university of tennessee
Admission to the University of Tennessee
  • Academic profile
    • GPA
    • Aptitude test scores
  • Personal profile
    • Letters of reference
    • Autobiographical statement
    • Experience with animals
    • Experience with veterinary medicine
    • Personal interview
there are about 70 000 graduates in the u s today 1300 in tennessee
There Are About 70,000 Graduates in the U.S. Today (1300 in Tennessee)
  • Currently, 2/3 of veterinarians are male, but this is changing.
  • Most veterinary school classes are 75% female.
what veterinarians do
What Veterinarians Do:
  • Private Practice
    • 70% of all veterinarians
    • 85% of first year graduates are in private practice
100 pet practice
100% Pet Practice
  • 50% of all veterinarians
  • Income and hours worked (48.8) is average
  • Tends to be most technologically sophisticated practice group. Most procedures performed on animals were perfected on animals.
  • Affords many opportunities to practice good medicine
  • Work is indoors, not physically strenuous and is typically located in urban or suburban areas.
mixed practice 20 all veterinarians
Mixed Practice - 20% All Veterinarians
  • Income below average and hours worked above average.
  • Tend to be a generalist knowing an amazing lot about many different animals.
  • Small town lifestyle appeals to many.
large animal practice 7 of all veterinarians
Large Animal Practice 7% of All Veterinarians
  • The pay is above average
  • Tend to be more specialized
  • Physically more demanding
  • Get to be outdoors
  • Exists in rural or suburban areas
about 25 of veterinarians are salaried



Colleges and Universities


About 25% of Veterinarians Are Salaried
colleges and universities
Colleges and Universities
  • 5% of all veterinarians
  • Most have post D.V.M. education
  • Any facility housing experimental animals must have a veterinarian.
  • Teaching and research
  • Federal government employs about 5% of all veterinarians.
  • State and local government – 2%
  • Disease control and regulatory
  • Food inspection
  • Research
  • Starting salary is above average and hours worked are lower.
  • Regular hours and job security
  • 1% of all veterinarians
  • Public health and research
  • Enter as a 1st Lieutenant or Captain
  • Good benefits
  • Regular hours
private industry
Private Industry
  • 5% of all veterinarians
  • Research and drug testing
  • Post DVM education
  • Excellent salary and benefits
disadvantages of veterinary medicine
Disadvantages of Veterinary Medicine
  • Starting salary is low ($47,000) compared to the level of education.
  • Many in private practice resent the attention which must be paid the to business aspect of practicing veterinary medicine.
  • Veterinarians see more suffering and death than any other segment.
advantages to veterinary medicine
Advantages to Veterinary Medicine
  • Opportunity to help both animals and humans can be very fulfilling.
  • Above average income ($76,000).
  • 100% employment.
  • Above average social status in the community.
  • Work is non-repetitive.