Major Overview

Do you enjoy working with animals? Are you interested in helping doctors or assisting people at home? If so, a degree in Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Services might be for you.

Veterinary Biomedical majors work with animals and learn how to detect and treat illnesses within many species. You will take classes in biology, veterinary sciences, animal sciences, and zoology to learn how to care for both house and farm animals.

Students have the option to major in a variety of Veterinary Biomedical specializations including Veterinary Anatomy or Physiology, Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology, Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology, Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology, Large Animal Animal and Equine Surgery and Medicine, Small/Companion Animal Surgery and Medicine, and others.

Required Skills

Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Services professions are rooted in science, making a strong background in biology necessary. You should also have strong critical thinking and analytical skills to properly diagnose animals and provide medical treatment. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are important as you relay information to clients and co-workers.

Students who pursue a degree in Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Services often work at fulltime positions in veterinary offices or labs. They may have to work overtime or on weekends to accommodate their clients' schedules, or perform emergency services to injured animals.

Veterinary Biomedical professionals not only need a bachelor's degree, but also need an advanced degree to work. This advanced degree will introduce students to veterinary techniques and prepare them for a career in an office or lab.

Careers

Graduates with a degree in Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Services work at a variety of locations. If students choose to continue their education with an advanced degree they can become a veterinarian and work in a practice or open their own clinic. Those with just a bachelor degree may become a veterinarian technician or assistant. Graduates can also find work in clinics, animal shelters, or labs in different positions.

Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Services are both growing at a faster than average pace. Recent graduates should not have a problem finding a job once they enter the job market.

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