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Steps To Becoming A Licensed Veterinarian

When becoming a licensed veterinarian there are a number of steps to take on life’s journey to ensure you land up where you intend. This qualification and experience is a sought after career path that allows for a number of skill sets to be developed. With an array of applications, both general and specialist lines, here is what you need to take on this fulfilling life path. 

Licensed Veterinarian

Degree & Education

Firstly when it comes to the learning process, you need to go about earning a bachelor’s degree in biological science to prepare for entering veterinary school. You will also usually need to take courses in animal behavior, general biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in order to have all supplementary skills. Once you have made your way into vet school and are undertaking your studies, volunteer or intern at clinics or animal care facilities to gain experience working with animals. This is valuable experience in the long run and will work towards your success in many ways. 

Post & Tertiary Qualifications 

Complete a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and any subsequent studies that are required for full practice. Some spaces can allow a Bachelor degree while others will only take on Masters or Doctorate applicants. Doctorate curriculum should include animal anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, nutrition, virology, and zoology. Pursuing independent research in this field will also work in your favour as a clear indicator of understanding and interest. Undertake hands-on supervised clinical practice in your final year which can lead to experience on farms or in facilities. 


Be sure that once you have completed your studies you take on any other required course or prerequisite experience before moving forward. Some may take on community service work to gain more experience before entering the working world within the industry. 

Engage In Practice

Once you have all you need, you can start working with animals. Start practicing, and pursue training and certification to further your career or specializations. You may choose to select a number of veterinary specialties, including anesthesia, behavior, dentistry, emergency and critical care, among a whole range of others. 

When you want to become a licensed veterinarian you need to be sure to take on the right training, degrees and courses to ensure you have the knowledge and know-how for the career. The veterinary profession is highly demanding and reliant on a logical ability to save and treat animals. If you need to speak to a trained professional, be sure to contact us right away and let us help you!