Path to Becoming a Veterinarian!
Loving animals isn't enough to become a veterinarian doctor. You have to be wholly fascinated by them because it's that passion that will sustain you through medical school. Yes, medical school! Veterinary programs can be as challenging as MBBS programs.
If you've ever wondered whether becoming a veterinarian doctor is easier than becoming a doctor, consider this. Doctors of Medicine (MD) have to learn how to treat one kind of patient: human beings. A vet has to learn to treat all types of patients, none of whom can speak. Animal patients are more likely than human patients to resist even basic medical procedures. And unlike human patients, most animal patients are uninsured, complicating a vet's and the caregivers' decision on which remedy to pursue.
Aspiring candidates need a warm heart to become a vet, but you also need a cool head. To succeed, you'll need to ingrain this information. So, let's get the basics right.
Eligibility Criteria and Higher Studies
Candidates must have cleared 10+2 examination with biology, chemistry and physics to get admission in the undergraduate course, which is, Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science.
Curriculum and Core Subjects of Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science
Some of the core subjects are:
- Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Veterinary Pharmacology
- Animal Behavior
- Clinical Pathology
- Animal Nutrition
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Anesthesia and Surgery Principles
Careers Related to the Field
Careers related to the field are:
- Animal Husbandry Departments of State Governments
- Pradeshik Co-Operative Dairy Federation (PCDF)
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Remount Veterinary Corps (RVC)
- Paramilitary Forces
- Bank and Insurance Companies
- Private Poultry Production and Dairy Farms
- Stud Farms/ Race Course
- Diagnostic Laboratories
- Zoo and National parks
- Slaughter Houses
- Teaching and Research Organizations
- Research and Development Wings
A Veterinarian can earn a salary ranging from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh per year.
The most reputed veterinary colleges and institutes in India are:
- Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly (UP)
- Bombay Veterinary College, Mumbai
- Nagpur Veterinary College, Nagpur
- College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), Parbhani
- Madras Veterinary College, Chennai
- Veterinary College & Research Institute, Namakkal
- Veterinary College, Bangalore
- Veterinary College, Hyderabad
- College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), Thrissur
- Veterinary College, Mathura