How to Get a Job as a Veterinarian
Aspros says earning additional certifications or training can help recent graduates land jobs, and those with strong communication skills are especially marketable. "There was a time when the typical vet was someone who was attracted to working with animals because they had problems working with people. Today, there's no way to be an effective veterinarian without good communication skills," he says. As a result, vet schools are increasingly incorporating communications training into their programs.
What is the Job Like?
A veterinarian's workday involves interacting with animals as much as it does people, says Aspros. After all, he notes, patients don't walk in on their own. The job also increasingly entails thinking about health issues beyond individual patients, to include public health issues and public safety. Aspros notes that veterinarians are employed by organizations as diverse as the Air Force, Army, and Department of Homeland Security.