Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarians play a major role in the healthcare of pets, livestock, and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals. Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research, broadening the scope of fundamental theoretical knowledge, and in applied research, developing new ways to use knowledge.

There is a growing need for vets with post-graduate education in particular specialties, such as molecular biology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, immunology, diagnostic pathology, or environmental medicine. The veterinary profession also is becoming more involved in aquaculture, comparative medical research, food production, and international disease control.

Related career titles

Animal nutrition specialist
Animal pharmaceutical sales representative

Feed lot veterinarian
College/University faculty*
Laboratory animal medicine technologist
Physiologist
Private practice veterinarian
Public health administrator
Researcher
Regulatory medicine
Specialized veterinarian
Veterinarian
State/national animal health positions
Veterinary inspector
Veterinary medicine education
Veterinary technologist
Wildlife manager
Zoologist

*additional training required for these occupations

Resources available in ACIC*

Career Opportunities in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Careers for Animal Lovers and Other Zoological Types
Careers in Focus: Animal Care
Everything Guide to Careers in Health Care, The
Opportunities in Animal and Pet Care Careers
Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine Careers
Opportunities in Zoo Careers

*Books are available for checkout.

Related veterinary medicine links

K-State College of Veterinary Medicine
http://www.vet.k-state.edu

FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
http://www.fda.gov/cvm/default.html

American Veterinary Medical Association
http://www.avma.org

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
http://www.abvp.com

American Society of Animal Science
http://www.asas.org/

Animal Health Care-Careers in Veterinary Medicine
http://www.animalhealthcare.com/

United States Animal Health Association
http://www.usaha.org/

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
http://www.aavmc.org/

ExploreHealthCareers.org
http://www.explorehealthcareers.org/en/Field.15.aspx

K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine Early Decision Program
http://www.vet.k-state.edu/admit/early.htm

Veterinary Medical College Application Service
https://portal.vmcas.org/