Pets are part of the social fabric of the United States, and no matter whether you’re a cat, a dog, or a turtle person, it’s clear that pets play a major role in millions of Americans’ lives. In places like Seattle, people have more pets than they do children, and they care for their beloved companions with the same level of care as parents. Pets require love and attention, exercise, and most importantly, veterinary care.
Veterinarians are crucial to the wellbeing of pets and provide an essential service just like doctors. Vets don’t just care for house cats and lapdogs; they can also provide services to farm animals like horses, cows, and goats. It is no surprise that veterinary medicine has become a popular career, and with a degree in pre-veterinary studies, graduates start down the path to becoming a veterinarian.
Students pursuing a pre-veterinary degree tend to major in animal or biological science but can also pursue more general science majors like chemistry and microbiology before applying to veterinary school. The field of veterinary medicine typically offers in-person coursework due to the hands-on nature of the job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that opportunities in this field will grow by 17 percent in the next decade, a much higher growth rate than other professions.
The demand for vets continues to grow, and there are plenty of open positions to be filled. Whether you are an animal lover or have an interest in exotic species, considering a pre-vet degree can lead to an exciting career as a veterinarian.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|MCPHS University Boston, MA||25 : 1||7,366|
|Clemson University Clemson, SC||19 : 1||25,822|
|Michigan State University East Lansing, MI||20 : 1||49,809|
|Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX||18 : 1||1,770|
|University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD||22 : 1||40,743|
|University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst, MA||21 : 1||31,350|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL||22 : 1||51,605|
|University of Arizona Tucson, AZ||24 : 1||44,577|
|University of Southern Maine Portland, ME||29 : 1||8,429|
|Union College Lincoln, NE||13 : 1||770|
|Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX||30 : 1||13,166|
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA||19 : 1||91,427|
|Ball State University Muncie, IN||21 : 1||22,443|
|University of Delaware Newark, DE||19 : 1||23,808|
|Becker College Worcester, MA||34 : 1||1,698|
|University of Holy Cross New Orleans, LA||16 : 1||1,102|
|Lees-McRae College Banner Elk, NC||15 : 1||848|
|Otterbein University Westerville, OH||17 : 1||2,853|
|Boise State University Boise, ID||33 : 1||26,217|
|Montana State University Bozeman, MT||22 : 1||16,692|