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How long do I have to go to veterinary school?

How long do I have to go to veterinary school?

In the United States, veterinary school is a four-year degree program following undergraduate Bachelor’s degree level education (a total of 7 to 9 years: 3 to 5 years undergraduate plus 4 years of veterinary school).

After graduating from veterinary school, many new graduates choose an additional year of general or specialty clinical training as interns. Some pursue 2 to 5 years of additional residency training leading to board certification and practice within a wide variety of medical or surgical specialties, such as neurology, cardiology, dermatology, orthopedic surgery, equine medicine, zoo medicine, etc.

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24 responses to “How long do I have to go to veterinary school?”

  1. Mostafa said says:

    I’m veterinarian and I had graduated from egypt and I want to be a certified veterinarian at the United States, what should I do and from were should I start?

    • rita alfalah says:

      Start by contacting a veterinary school and look up the required classes for the program then compare it to the classes that you’ve taken already. contact the school in the united states and send them your transcript and they will guide you on what to do next. Best Wishes Mostafa.

    • Selena says:

      How many years of college do you have to attend

    • Scott Lindquist DVN says:

      I have been a DVM with a specialty in internal medicine since 2016. I got my BS from DePaul in Chicago and then went to University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for 5 years( 4 years of study and 1 year residency). We had a few transfers from India and Egypt. Most were practicing Vets in their respective countries and entered as 2nd year students here. The level of training is much tougher here. You would never pass licensing requirements and tests with the level of education received in those countries. It’s worth the time, effort and cost though. It’s one of the most rewarding careers. Best of luck to you. Choosing the right DVN program matters. Don’t settle for garbage.

    • Taylor says:

      you should do some research i help my vet and she said there are only 25 schools that offer it in the usa. i found lots that is what im doing right now is looking for good colleges.

  2. Viban Alidu says:

    How long does it take to do Bachelor of Science in Vertinary Medicine?

  3. Alyssa Long says:

    I want to become a veterinarian when I graduate College.

  4. Tom says:

    Does the bachelor degree need to be in veterinary medicine or a health-related field? My bachelor’s is in Sociology. Can I still attend Veterinary School immediately or do I need vet-related undergrad credit hours? Thank you for your input.

  5. Samantha Mullen says:

    Do I have to have a 4 year degree to get into a vet program? I’m planning right now to get my vet tech certification first and get some experience.

    • jesus condom says:

      I am 90% sure you do need one

  6. Jonny says:

    I’m thinking about becoming a veterinarian but I don’t know if i can stick an animal with a needle or do surgery. My mother is in the medical field and tells me that once i do it a few times i won’t feel that way anymore. Does or did anyone feel the same way as me and can confirm what my mother says?

  7. Emmanuel shanda says:

    Am a eleventh grader , i am interested in being a vets doctor

  8. Stacey Sursok says:

    Hi i am still in high school and I want to become a Veterinarian what should I do in grade 10 to become one .
    what subjects should I take as well

    • Renee says:

      A great class to take would be Anatomy And Physiology or Biology those are really good courses that help

  9. Aidan says:

    Hi, I don’t expect a detailed reply but I was wondering what high school ap classes I should take to help my future in veterinary medicine. I am currently a sophomore in high school and attend the medical course my school provides. Next year, however, I am speculating which AP classes I want to take and how they will help me recieve my bachelor’s degree in college to continue into vet school. The AP courses available to me would be AP lang, AP chem, AP bio, and AP US history. I know that AP bio and AP chem would definitely help me with the college credits but I can only take AP bio or AP chem, not both. I want to take another AP class but do not know if either will be useful for college credits. I want to attend UC Davis or CU Boulder. Also, any tips from vets out there for other colleges to attend etc? Thanks 🙂

  10. Emily says:

    I wish to be a veterinarian but I am worried that I am not qualified. I dont speak very well with people and dont work well under pressure. I want to learn to do those things over time and also learn to take care of aninals because they are a joy to me. What is you advice, should I quit on my dreams or continue going and try to learn the most I can?

  11. some one who wants to be a vet assistant says:

    im 6 grader and i want to be a vet assistant what all do i have to do to be one

  12. Danny says:

    Hello there, my name is Danny I am 49 yrs f age and would like to know f I’m to old to start school again n become a vet n also, what financial assistance is available to hopefully have n entire grant to pull me through my education f possible n available? Thx you for ur help in educating me for the process available to people my age.

  13. Andi says:

    What are some of the difficulties of being a veterinarian? It’s nice to know the good parts but I think it’s important to be aware of the hardest parts.

  14. How long do you have to go to college to be a veterinarian and be able to do surgery on them and to be able to put them down

  15. alina hegge says:

    how many years in all do i have to go to school to be a vet

  16. kanino says:

    I graduated as a mechanical engineer (Bachelor’s degree), but really interested to be a Veterinarian.
    so, I would like to ask you if it would be possible to take another 4 years of veterinary school.
    Thank you

  17. Quinton says:

    Alright I’m a junior who is taking a cna class, does any of that translate in the anatomy? And I’m also interested in doing both avg everyday pets and more exotic animals such as big cats and such like that, what exactly do I have to take and how long would it take so I can maybe be prepared

  18. jesus condom says:

    So i am a sophomore in high school and i want to be a Veterinarian is there any specific classes i should take in year 11 ?

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