The route to becoming a veterinarian is much more than just having a love for animals. Although, of course, that is a tremendous advantage. If you are passionate about science and you have a deep love for animal welfare, the road to becoming a vet could just be the right career path for you.
There are some careful things that you need to consider. After all, you need to make sure that this is the right path for you. You will need to undergo a lot of training to become a vet. With this in mind, it’s vital that you make the right choice.
So, you want to become a vet? Here is how you can do this.
The University Route
Many qualified vets started their life as a student of medicine. Of course, they studied animal medicine. But you need to ensure that you are on the right university course. Often, these people go for a biology and veterinarian course combined. But, there are specialist vet schools that you can learn in too. Top vet tech schools can be competitive. If you are passionate and willing to work hard, you can attain a spot within these specialist school placements. Make sure that you study A-levels in science to ensure that you are seen as a suitable candidate for these courses. As with any medicine based course, you will be expected to study for at least five years. You will have to work in animal welfare too to ensure that you are fully competent in all aspects of animal healthcare.
While many people think that being a vet is fun, it is a lot of hard work. As such, it’s imperative that you undertake professional experience and interns at local vets to learn your trade. Working alongside a mentor can give you a much deeper insight on how the world of veterinarian medicine works. But, it can also ensure that you are learning the practical elements of this trade too.
You don’t have to work in a private practice to ensure that you have experience working with animals. Many student vets spend time at shelters and re-homing units to gain experience.
Of course, experience can be hard to obtain. It’s as hard to get experience as it is to get on to the vet school course. But, you need to make sure that you are highlighting your love of animals and that you are currently enrolling in a vet school program. By doing this, you will ensure a space as an intern. Be prepared to work a lot of long hours, for free. In the end, it will be worth it!
It’s vital that you have a deep love for animals and their welfare. But, communication is a great attribute for any vet. You need to be able to clearly communicate with the owners of the pets. But, you also need to be able to display empathy and the right social skills when dealing with emotive subjects. This can be the toughest part of the job, so you have to be made of strong stuff.