The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges states: “Whether they’re pets, livestock or working animals, animals matter to individuals and society. Every community needs veterinary professionals to provide animal health care, but veterinarians also do many other kinds of jobs. They make sure the nation’s food supply is safe. They work to control the spread of diseases. They conduct research that helps both animals and humans. Veterinarians are at the forefront of protecting the public’s health and welfare.

“Besides medical skills, veterinarians often take a holistic approach to human well-being and animal welfare that, combined with communications and problem-solving skills, makes veterinarians uniquely qualified to fulfill a variety of roles. Many veterinarians, of course, provide care for companion animals through private medical practices, but veterinarians are also involved in promoting the health and welfare of farm animals, exotic animals, working animals (like those in the equine industry), and those that need a healthy environment in which to thrive, whether that environment is a rain forest, a desert or even the ocean. Outside of companion animal practice, the largest employer of veterinarians in the United States is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, but veterinarians are found throughout government in roles where they contribute to public health, the environment, even homeland security, as well as working in research and public policy.”

For further information about veterinary medicine, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Application service: The majority of veterinary medical schools participate in the Veterinary Medical College Application Service. However, schools that opt not to participate in the central application process require individuals to apply directly to them.

Standardized test: Graduate Record Examination

Veterinary School Admission Requirements: The Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR) directory allows you to browse and compare information about U.S., Canadian, and International Veterinary Medical Schools. VMSAR includes information on the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS), residency requirements, tuition, prerequisites, standardized test requirements, deadlines, and special programs.

Other Resources:

American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Veterinary Chiropractic Association