Veterinary Science Degree Programs

Explore the many degree options in the field of veterinary science, from associate's degrees for veterinary technicians to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Get info on common coursework, and learn about the jobs you would be qualified for with each of these degrees. Schools offering Animal Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Why Should I Study Veterinary Science?

If you are serious about earning a living by working with animals, it can be beneficial to complete a veterinary science, veterinary technology or animal science degree program. You learn how to take care of all kinds of animals, including common and rare pets and livestock. This typically includes gaining hands-on experience with special equipment.

There are several degrees available in this field. You can start by earning an associate's degree in veterinary science, which prepares you for entry-level positions working with animals. You can also go on to earn a bachelor's degree, which is necessary to move on to a pre-veterinary medicine program, which is a non-degree program that prepares you to move on to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. Or you can enter graduate school directly to pursue a master's degree in veterinary science or medicine. The DVM is the degree necessary for you to practice veterinary medicine. While vet science degrees are usually earned on campus, you may be able to earn some degree credits online (primarily at the undergraduate level).

Degree ProgramsAssociate's, bachelor's, master's degrees in veterinary science or medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Common CourseseAnimal behavior, animal care, veterinary immunology, veterinary anatomy and physiology
Career OptionsVeterinarian, veterinary technician, researcher, animal handler

What Classes Will I Take?

The classes that you take cover all areas related to animal care and health. In addition to content classes, you also take classes related to veterinary business. You also gain hands on experience by working with animals and possibly doing lab rotations. Examples of core classes include:

  • Veterinary anatomy and physiology
  • Animal behavior
  • Veterinary immunology

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Depending on what degree you earn, there are various job options open to you. If you earn an undergraduate degree, you can work as a veterinary technician and assist doctors of veterinary medicine with procedures and diagnoses. You may also be able to work as an animal handler in a research laboratory or animal shelter. As you earn higher degrees, your career options expand. For example, if you earn a master's degree you may be able to become a researcher working with animals. If you earn a DVM, you can practice veterinary medicine in an existing veterinary hospital or open your own veterinary practice.

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