Veterinarians are doctors to small, large, and exotic animals including farm and wild animals. However most veterinarians, about 80%, work with pets; a smaller percentage work as researchers, livestock inspectors, or in food security. In addition to working in private or group practices, veterinarians are also employed by universities, medical schools, private industry, and government agencies (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11).
The links below provide an overview of veterinarian careers, the AVMA, and veterinary medicine colleges.
- Overview of a Career in Veterinary Medicine - Career description, employment characteristics, salary, employment outlook, educational programs, licensure, and inquiries contact information.
- American Veterinary Medical Association - Links to AVMA resources, current scientific issues, journals and references, veterinary resources, jobs, AVMA Annual Convention and services, and resources for the public.
- Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges - Click on "Students and Admissions" for a list of U.S. and international veterinary medical schools. Veterinary colleges accrediated by the AMVA.
- American Veterinary Medical Association Application Service (VMCAS) - Application resources, and contact information including a student and advisor hotline.