Imagine arriving to a foreign country and upon arrival, the worst symptoms are contracted. The most torturous part being, the ability to tell others what is wrong is out of reach. Animals go through this every day. Without specially trained animal doctors, these furry friends would suffer and would not stand a chance. Throughout the history of veterinary medicine the requirements remain hefty and have a standing impact on today’s society, it is shown that the study of veterinary medicine is important not only to the animals, but to every pet owner out there.
The history of veterinary schooling is the most influential part of the development of veterinary medicine. The first veterinary school was established in 1762 in Lyon, France (Swope 17). At first, veterinary practices were very limited, and few people were given the opportunity to take part in the studies that were required to be credible in this field. This was only because the actual study of veterinary medicine was new, and only the basics were known. Meaning, previous studies were not very in-depth.
Today, it is also difficult to become one who studies veterinary medicine. In 2007, only about one third of all applicants made it into veterinary schools (Significant Points). It does not only take a lot of time, dedication, and years in school. It takes a very smart person to become successful in this field, primarily because they are put through so many years of school. “Veterinary schools are very hard to get accepted into. The prerequisites for admission to veterinary programs vary. Most programs require a significant number of credit hours ranging from 45 to 90 semester hours. However, most of the students admitted have completed an undergraduate program and earned a bachelor's degree. Applicants without a degree face a difficult task in gaining admittance” (Significant Points). To fully understand the level of hard work and dedication that goes into preparing for a job in veterinary medicine, would be to actually try it. One must have copious amounts of knowledge and experience to even be considered for schooling!
Yes, good grades are definitely a big factor for doing well in this time consuming line of work, but there should also be a little bit of experience with animals or the licensed veterinarians themselves. The normal student who gets accepted into veterinary schools would be one with ambition and passion for the study. Students who would be selected first would be those with previous experience in the actual field such as agribusiness, volunteering at zoos, vet offices, or animal shelters (Significant Points). On top of grades and previous experience, getting into vet school requires being selected from the few schools that are available. There are only twenty-eight accredited schools of veterinary medicine in the United States, resulting in a limited number of graduates—about 2,500—each year (Significant Points).
The journey is not is not over yet! No one has ever said it is easy to excel in the veterinary world. Some more “equipment” needed before becoming a veterinarian would be licensure. “All States and the District of Columbia require that veterinarians be licensed before they can practice. All States require the successful completion of the D.V.M. degree—or equivalent education—and a passing grade on a national board examination, the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam” (Significant Points). Almost there! The road to becoming any type of medical doctor is not a short one.
After what could be up to ten years of school, one STILL must do more to begin their own practice. One must follow an already licensed veterinarian before they can go out on their own. After school, but before veterinary work begins, one must complete at least a 1-year internship (Significant Points). Unfortunately, after all the money spent on school, interns do not get paid. Soon after this intern step, is where all the money spent,...
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