What is Veterinary Medicine?

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), veterinary colleges seeks to promote excellence in academic veterinary medicine to prepare the veterinary workforce with the scientific knowledge and skills required to meet societal needs through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

There is currently a major shortage of large animal veterinarians, particularly those that treat farm animals. Excellent opportunities thus exist for students interested in care of these types of animals.

Students studying to become a veterinarian should consider a membership in the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association.  Also check out the American Veterinary Medical Association’s “Veterinary School Admission 101” page.

There are currently 36 American and Canadian veterinary medical colleges.

Veterinary training takes 4 years to complete and attain the D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).


The Preparing for a Medical, Dental, Veterinary, and Optometry Career guidebook covers all aspects of being a pre-veterinary student at Wheaton.


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