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So You Want to be a Vet?

The Greenville Veterinary Clinic receives many inquiries from children and adults about what it takes to be a veterinarian. We’re thrilled to see such an interest in animal care and people wanting to help them. We are also happy to help interested individuals achieve their dreams.

Knowing about all animals and the world they live in is important. It is never too early to start learning about pets and farm animals. Here are some suggestions to help you learn.

If you are in Elementary School

  • Have an adult take you on trips to the zoo and other animal care facilities.
  • Visit friends that have pets or livestock and ask them questions about their care.
  • Read books and magazines about animals.
  • Visit educational websites about animals.
  • See if your parents will allow you to have a pet and care for them. Taking care of dogs, cats, and other small animals will teach you a lot about responsible animal care.
  • Join local science clubs, such as 4-H
  • Study hard in all of your school classes.

If you are in High School

  • Ask your high school guidance counselor to review your curriculum to make the most of science and pre-vet classes
  • If you are old enough, consider working or volunteering at local animal shelters, pet shops, livestock farms, horse stables, or veterinary clinics.  For volunteer opportunities at the Greenville Veterinary Clinic, you must be 18 years old or participating through a school-organized job shadow day.
  • When considering college opportunities, find out about their pre-vet program and hands-on experiences that are available.
  • Consider the suggestions we listed for elementary students.

If you are in College

  • Take courses that are related to veterinary medicine, such as biology, biochemistry, genetics, physics, and animal husbandry.
  • Obtain a bachelor’s degree in a science field.
  • Research veterinary schools and the prerequisites to applying to veterinary school.
  • Get a part-time job in an animal related facility, such as local animal shelters, pet shops, livestock farms, horse stables, or veterinary clinics.
  • Check for internship or externship positions in the animal field that are available for college students and recent graduates.
  • Consider the suggestions we listed for high school students.

If you are looking for a Job

If you are interested in applying to Greenville Veterinary Clinic, we accept resumes and reference for future job openings. Learn more >