If you love animals and excel at math and science, consider a career in veterinary medicine.
Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock and other animals. Most veterinarians work in private clinics and hospitals. Others travel to farms, work in laboratories or classrooms or work for the government. Veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited veterinary college.
- Students who earn an A.S. degree from FVCC experience seamless transfer to four-year colleges within the Montana University System.
- The State of Montana participates in an exchange program called WICHE that provides Montana residents options for accessing veterinary medicine programs with reduced tuition rates. After receiving a B.S. degree and being accepted into the WICHE program, students are eligible to apply to veterinary medicine programs at Colorado State University, Oregon State University and Washington State University.
- State University and Washington State University. Successful applicants are eligible for reduced tuition rates through WICHE.
According to a 10-year forecast by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, demand for veterinarians will increase 9% through 2024.
Attributes of a Successful Veterinary Medicine Student
- Ability to maintain high academic standards under rigorous demands
- Affinity for advanced math and science courses
- Ability to think critically and solve problems
- Compassionate toward animals and people