As long as people continue to own pets or service animals, there will be a high demand for well-trained veterinarians to keep such animals healthy. Despite the fact that a person striving to be a veterinarian must have a passion for treating animals, it’s also important they receive the best possible training. Many colleges have majors designed for a veterinarian career you may want to consider.
Located in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Mercy College's School of Health and Natural Sciences offers a program that leads to a B.S. in Veterinary Technology with a specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. With courses in animal physiology, veterinary pharmacology, clinical laboratory techniques and small animal medicine, Mercy’s program prepares students to immediately enter the veterinarian field upon graduation. Opportunities for graduates of the B.S. in Veterinary Technology include entering into such fields as private clinical practice, public health, teaching and research, the military and others.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences is part of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and is located in Ithaca, New York. With a mission to educate and enlighten the veterinary community, the Department of Biomedical Sciences, formed in 1998, is committed to incorporating cutting-edge technology to expertly train students. Faculty members for the Biomedical Sciences make significant and notable contributions to the undergraduate curriculum within the Undergraduate Program of Study for Animal Physiology.
Washington State University
Founded in 1899, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, located in Pullman, Washington, is a state-of-the-art complex that serves the entire Pacific Northwest. Students are able to work beside respected researchers in such highly ranked programs as scientific investigation, clinical specialties and diagnostic capabilities. Students who attend the program gain access to the Animal Disease Biotechnology Facility which contains offices for the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and research laboratories.
University of Pennsylvania
The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, is committed to improving the welfare of both animals and humans. Gross Anatomy, Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology and Physiology are among the classes that are part of the core curriculum for first year students. Swine Husbandry, a featured elective, is a class that focuses on the increasing demand for meat protein, general husbandry techniques and alternative techniques currently in research at the Penn Vet Swine Unit, and the course covers the welfare implications of husbandry.
- Mercy College: B.S. in Veterinary Technology: Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Cornell University: Biomedical Sciences
- Washington State University: History of Veterinary Medicine in Washington
- Washington State University: About the College of Veterinary Medicine
- Washington State University: Facilities of the College of Veterinary Medicine
- University of Pennsylvania: Penn Vet/VMD Curriculum
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