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“Doctors of veterinary medicine are medical professionals whose primary responsibility is protecting the health and welfare of animals and people.” (American Veterinary Medical Association)
What does a D.V.M. do?
- Diagnose and control animal diseases;
- Treat sick and injured animals;
- Prevent the transmission of animal diseases to people;
- Advise owners on proper care of pets and livestock;
- Ensure a safe food supply by maintaining the health of food animals;
- Involved in wildlife preservation and conservation and public health of the human population.
Most veterinarian specialties break down into one of three categories:
- Large Animal: focus primarily on farm animals like sheep, goats, horses, and cattle; they may offer general large animal services, or they may choose to specialize in something like large animal orthopedics.
- Small Animal: care for pets like cats and dogs, although some may receive additional training in small exotics like guinea pigs, hamsters, and so forth.
- Exotic: found at zoos taking care of everything from giraffes to lions, and they may also have private practices to serve people with exotic pets like snakes and lizards.
The following resources are available to help you plan your future application to veterinary medical school.