EP001- Veterinarian 101

The Academic Veterinarian Podcast

01-01-2021 • 42 mins

Dr. Gillian Fraser is Assistant Professor and Chair of the pre-veterinary medicine program at Becker College. She joins me to discuss her path to becoming a veterinarian, the various opportunities offered by the profession, and how to best prepare for a career in the field.

Topics Discussed in this Episode

2:15- Dr. Fraser shares her path to becoming a veterinarian

4:50- What undergraduate majors to consider before attending veterinary school

6:20- Should I take a “gap year” before applying to veterinary school?

10:50- Not just private practice, career opportunities for veterinarians

18:38- Educational requirements

21:30- The cost of a veterinary education

23:54 – “Show me the money”, salary expectations for an early career veterinarian

25:33- Personal qualities for a successful career as a veterinarian

31:16- Challenges of the veterinary profession

34:50- The rewards of being a veterinarian

39:00- Final tips and advice to prepare for a career as a veterinarian

Resources mentioned in this episode

VIN Foundation Vet School Bound:

AAVMC (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges):

Main site: https://www.aavmc.org/

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Economic Reports and Statistics:

https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/reports-statistics

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