Do you have a desire to help animals?
Do you like to work with animals? Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals. Embark on an exciting career path in veterinary medicine, where you can put your knowledge and compassion into practice. Preventing disease and healing animals is at the heart of what veterinarians do. But you can also do much more. Whether they're pets, working animals or livestock, animals matter to individuals and society. Every community needs veterinary professionals to provide animal health care.
Most veterinarians work in private clinics and hospitals. Others travel to farms, work in laboratories or classrooms, or work for the government. Veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited veterinary college and a state license. Candidates should expect very strong competition for available veterinarian positions, especially in companion animal care. Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for veterinarians was $88,490 in May 2015.
How do you get started?
Gulf Coast State College's Veterinarian Medicine Option, Liberal Arts A.A. degree is designed to prepare you for admission to a program of veterinary medicine. Our professors will provide you with a solid foundation to ensure your success as you continue your studies. Please take the time to review the entrance requirements for the veterinary program of your choice and see our pre‐veterinarian medicine adviser for assistance in determining appropriate work experience, course selections and residency requirements.