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After we started thinking more seriously about expanding our family, my husband brought up the idea of getting a pet or two. While I was completely against the concept at first, I realized that it might be helpful for our children to warm up to the idea before having another sibling. We got a dog and our kids were tasked with the job of feeding it every day and doing other tasks, and it was amazing to see how much the animal helped our family to grow. Pets can be a wonderful addition to a home, which is why I made this blog. Check out these fun pet posts.

Selecting Better Pets

How to Become a Veterinarian

Natalie Baker

If you love animals and you enjoy science, a career in veterinary medicine might be the perfect job for you. You'll have the opportunity to use your skills to help animals live happy, healthy lives. If you've always wanted to be a vet, there are some steps you can take in order to make your dreams a reality. Here are the four things every person should do if they plan to pursue a career as a vet.

1. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.

When you decide to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, you'll be spending a lot of time around animals. Many parts of the job aren't glamorous at all. You may be bitten or scratched, and at times you may have to clean up the messes animals make. Volunteering at your local animal shelter is a good way to find out if you like the reality of working with animals as much as the idea of it. Animal shelters always need volunteers to help socialize young animals, clean the kennels and litter boxes, and walk the dogs.

2. Obtain your bachelor's degree.

Becoming a veterinarian involves an extensive amount of schooling, just like any other medical career. Before you can get your degree in veterinary medicine, you'll have to complete your bachelor's degree at a four-year university. You can major in whatever subject you like, within reason. Many people major in biology, but you can major in math or another related field. Check with your intended veterinary college to ensure you take all the required classes during university.

3. Get your doctorate degree in veterinary medicine.

In order to become a vet, you'll need your doctorate degree. You can obtain this degree from any school that specializes in teaching veterinary medicine. During your program, you'll learn about the anatomy of the various types of animals you may treat over the course of your career. Your degree will feature both theoretical and practical, hands-on aspects.

4. Take an internship.

Internships are an excellent way to gain job experience before you ever land your full-time job. Take the time to seek out veterinary internships opportunities while you're still in school. In some cases, your internships can count toward your required credits for graduation. Don't be afraid to ask around locally as well. There may be a veterinary clinic in your neighborhood that's seeking the kind of help an intern can provide.