5 Things You Should Know if You Want to Become a Veterinarian

 So You Want to Become a Veterinarian

Guest Author:  Dixie Somers

Many people dream of becoming a veterinarian, but loving animals is only part of the skill set needed to thrive in the field. Working as a vet is challenging, exhausting and, at times, devastating. In order to truly decide whether or not it’s the right career path for you, read on to learn five things every aspiring vet should know.

So you want to become a veterinarian.

1. It’s Not all Puppies and Kittens

A big misconception that aspiring vets have is that their days will be filled nursing sick, cuddly puppies and fluffy kittens back to health. But all sorts of animals visit the vet, including ones you may not be quite so fond of like snakes, lizards, rodents, and other exotic pets.

Many vets refer their exotic patients to specialists, but general care, wellness exams and emergency visits for all sorts of creatures will fall on your shoulders as a vet, so you have to be comfortable (or at least confident enough) to work closely with animals of all kinds.

2. There’s a Lot of Mess Involved

If the sight of blood makes you squeamish, then a career in veterinary medicine probably isn’t the way to go. Vets perform surgeries, assist in births, treat bleeding and infected wounds and often see a lot of vomit and other body fluids from their animal patients. No one gets a kick out of the mess, but a vet needs to have a tough stomach to get their jobs done.

3. People Skills are Important

Vets spend all day treating animals, but that doesn’t mean they’re alone. A veterinarian has to be a friendly and efficient communicator at all times. Whether they’re delegating orders to vet techs assisting during a procedure, providing care instructions to an owner or even breaking bad news to a pet’s family, strong social skills are essential.

4. There are Many Tough Days

You should motivate yourself to become a vet with all the possible happy endings, but you also have to be aware of the challenges and downright rotten moments you’ll experience in your career. Vets often have to deal with aggressive animals, owners who don’t heed instruction and worsen their animals’ conditions and the most dread of all: euthanasia.

Putting animals down is one of the hardest things a vet has to do. While it does get easier with time, the reality of not being able to save every animal that comes through the door is something every aspiring vet has to acknowledge and accept.

5. Math and Science are Pillars of the Field

Veterinarians have to study an array of advanced science and mathematics to be capable of performing their jobs. The information isn’t just necessary to pass exams either. Vets will utilize the science and math skills they acquire in college every single day on the job, and it’s important to be familiar with ultrasounds and other veterinarian equipment.

The Best Veterinarians

What does it take to be a good vet? Apart from confidence, excellent communication skills, a passion for the field of veterinary medicine and the ability to cope with stressful situations, a good vet is a lifelong learner. They are forgiving to animals, owners and themselves. They’re fascinated by the subject material of their field and always want to learn more in order to provide the best quality of care possible to their patients.

If all of these traits don’t describe you, don’t count yourself out of the running. If you truly dream of becoming a veterinarian, then use that passion as a reason to build up any weak areas and truly commit yourself to achieving your goal.


“5 Things You Should Know if You Want to Become a Veterinarian”

Dixie SomersGUEST AUTHOR BIODixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write about women’s interests and the home niches. She lives in Arizona with her husband, three beautiful daughters and a spunky Jack Russell Terrier who makes life interesting.


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6 thoughts on “5 Things You Should Know if You Want to Become a Veterinarian”

  1. it is the hardest school to get into. you need more than straight a’s. it takes longer to graduate because you have to learn so many animals, etc. if you look what you need to get into vet school, you have to write thesis, get recommendations from many people, they like for you to have a work background in animals, with vets and many other things.

    • Sandy, thanks for your input on our article about becoming a veterinarian. Wow, it sounds like quite an endeavor to become a vet. But that’s good. It means a person is serious about caring for animals if one is willing to go through all that schooling. I admire veterinarians because, like you say, they have to learn about so many animals. I’m glad you stopped by Animal Bliss. Peace


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