Job Roles

Explore Job Roles: Veterinarians

Learn about the average salary, relevant studies, related questions, and common path after college to becoming a Veterinarian.

What is a Veterinarian?

Veterinarians care for animals’ health and work to protect public health.

Where does a Veterinarian work?

  • Private clinics
  • Animal hospitals
  • Zoos

How much does a Veterinarian make?

Based on real new grad salaries reported through Handshake, the median annual salary for a Veterinarian is $70,000.

What majors are typically interested in becoming Veterinarians?

One’s major doesn’t necessarily determine their career, but these are some common majors of those who end up pursuing this career path.

  • Zoology majors
  • Animal biology majors
  • Chemistry majors
  • Biochemistry majors

Veterinarian skills and competencies:

On top of a relevant degree and formal training, here are some professional skills that can help aspiring Veterinarians succeed in their work:

  • Compassion to both animals and their owners
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure
  • Strong communication skills–written and verbal

What are some common questions about Veterinarians?

Q: How long is veterinary school?

A: About 8 years total. 4 years in undergrad and 4 years in actually veterinary school.