When considering a career, there are many options. You can work with people, technology, products, or some combination of these. However, when you add animals to this list, you might truly find something that is rewarding as well as challenging. Humans and animals have a special bond that is incredibly important for many people. It’s with this in mind that ‘Veterinary Science’ as a career is highly desirable. Nidhi Mishra in this episode speaks on career in Veterinary Science.
Veterinary Science is the science of treating and curing diverse types of diseases of birds and animals. The basic principles of this specialized branch of study are quite similar to that of human medical sciences. The primary objective of both is the prevention and elimination of maladies and ultimately restoration of the biological organisms to perfect health.
To become a veterinarian, you need to have any of the following degrees:
- Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science
- Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS)
- Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine or Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry
In order to be eligible for joining any of the above courses, the aspiring candidates should have passed their 10 + 2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) as main subjects and need to clear relevant entrance exam naming NEET. After getting Bachelors degree one can go for Masters in Veterinary Science.
Along with the education and degree, veterinarians should also possess some specific personality traits and skills to excel in this field. These include love and compassion for animals, good observation skills, adaptability, physical stamina, patience, self- motivation. This occupation often involves coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. For this advanced communication, problem solving and organizational skills are required.
There are many avenues open to a veterinarian. After completing relevant courses, you can choose to work with the government animal husbandry departments, poultry farms, dairy farms, sheep and rabbit farms, race clubs, stud farms, private and government veterinary hospitals and clinics, wildlife sanctuaries and zoological parks. The Army and the Border Security Forces also employ veterinarians for the care and treatment of their mounted regiments which have horses, mules, camels and dogs. Private practice is another option you can consider. Teaching is another option as experienced professional are recruited in various institutions to train the new entrants to the field.
Veterinary medicine is by far the most popular dream job for animal lovers. There is constant need for compassionate, knowledgeable graduates who not only love animals, but who are invested in learning everything about them so they can apply this knowledge to ensure animal health and well-being.
Become a veterinarian and create a difference!