Career Quiz for Aspiring Veterinarians
Pursuing a career in veterinary medicine is a big commitment. Take the quick quiz below to see if you have the right qualifications for this field.
|Do you have strong communication skills?||Yes or No|
|Do you have agility and stamina?||Yes or No|
|Is teamwork one of your strengths?||Yes or No|
|Do you have a passion for animals?||Yes or No|
|Do you have business and management skills?||Yes or No|
|Are you dedicated to learning?||Yes or No|
|Are you compassionate?||Yes or No|
|Are you prepared for extensive post-secondary study?||Yes or No|
|Are you patient?||Yes or No|
|Do you have any experience in the veterinary field?||Yes or No|
|Do you have a strong work ethic?||Yes or No|
Do you have strong communication skills?
A veterinarian interacts with pet owners regularly and must be both a good listener in order to understand symptoms or concerns. Vets should also be able to explain illnesses and treatments in layman's terms.
Do you have agility and stamina?
To work with large and small animals, veterinarians need the agility and strength to bend, kneel and lift throughout the day.
Is teamwork one of your strengths?
Veterinarians work as part of a team with colleagues, technicians and office staff on a daily basis.
Do you have a passion for animals?
While being an animal lover isn't going to fully prepare you to be a veterinarian, it is the critical foundation upon which you'll build your entire career.
Do you have business and management skills?
Whether you plan to open your own practice or work for someone else's, your responsibilities may include managing staff and budgets.
Are you dedicated to learning?
Veterinarians must continue to learn throughout their careers to keep abreast of advancements in veterinary medicine.
Are you compassionate?
A successful veterinarian not only provides medical care, but does so with compassion for sick animals and, often, their worried owners.
Are you prepared for extensive post-secondary study?
To become a veterinarian, you need to earn a bachelor's degree followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. A DVM program usually takes about four years to complete, so your total post-secondary education may take 8 years or more.
Are you patient?
Any medical professional must have patience, but that need is magnified when working with animals who may not cooperate with examinations or procedures.
Do you have any experience in the veterinary field?
While experience working with animals is not a requirement, the admissions departments of some DVM degree programs value this experience when considering applications.
Do you have a strong work ethic?
When emergencies arise, veterinarians do not clock out at the end of a shift. You will need to be dedicated to your work and committed to caring for your customer's animals.
What This Quiz Tells You
Did you reply with a 'yes' to more than half of the questions? If so, this career may be the perfect fit for you. The job outlook for this field is strong, with employment projected to grow faster than average from 2014-2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Career opportunities are expected to be greatest for veterinarians trained in specialized areas, so you may want to explore different veterinary concentrations to see which ones interest you most.