The professional education of a veterinary is obtained at a School of Veterinary Medicine, where the curriculum typically takes four years to complete. Students graduate with a doctorate (DVM) and then take a state licensure examination. One-year and two-year optional residency programs are available, after which students become board-certified in a particular veterinary specialty, such as surgery or radiology.
Each veterinary school has a set of prerequisites that must be completed (with letter grades) before admission to that school. For a complete list of veterinary schools and their prerequisites, consult the handbook:
Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements
Veterinary Medicine Resources
For information on the publication described above or other publications related to veterinary schools, meetings and conferences, government and legislature related to veterinary issues, and veterinary job listings, contact Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
To view or print an application, apply online, or for information about standardized test requirements, international applicants, and deadline dates, contact Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
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