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1 Veterinary Medicine What’s it all about?

2 Areas of Veterinary Medicine  Private Practice  Teaching & Research  Regulatory Medicine  Public Health  Uniformed Services  Industry

3 Private Practice  Examine animal patients  Vaccinate against infectious diseases  Diagnose diseases  Perform medical & surgical treatments  Prevent transmission of disease  Advise owners how to keep their pets healthy

4 Companion & Exotic Animal PracticeCats Dogs Amphibians Ferrets Rabbits Birds Rodents Fish Horses Reptiles

5 Food Animal Practice

6 Mixed Animal Practice

7 Species-Specific Animal Practice

8 Veterinary Specialists Dentistry Surgery

9 Pets in the United States 2007 US Pet Ownership & Demographic Sourcebook, AVMA 55.6 million 53 million 4 million 5.7 million 59 million 3.5 million 4.8 million 13 million

10 Teaching & Research

11  Prevent & solve health problems in animals and people  Develop ways to reduce or eliminate the threat of disease

12 Regulatory Medicine  Quarantine & inspect animals brought into the United States  Test for presence of disease & supervise animal shipments  Enforce animal welfare laws

13 Public Health  Study effects of pesticides & other pollutants  Make sure medicines & food additives are safe and effective  Investigate disease outbreaks  Evaluate safety of food processing and water supply

14 Where can these veterinarians work? United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

15 Uniformed Services  Manage infectious diseases control programs  Monitor & control insect-borne diseases  Manage human disease vaccination programs

16 Industry  Develop, test & supervise production of drugs, chemicals and vaccines

17 The Possibilities are Endless! Where do veterinarians work? Aquariums Classrooms Farms Hospitals and clinics Laboratories Zoos …almost anywhere!

18 High School Preparation  Good grades in math & science  Experience working with animals  Communication skills  Leadership skills

19 How do you get experience? Volunteer Shadow a veterinarian Join a club like 4-H or FFA

20 College Preparation  Study math & science  Veterinary and animal-related experience  Join a pre- veterinary club  Complete pre- veterinary coursework

21 Admission to Veterinary School Good Grades in math & science courses Veterinary and animal–related experience

22 U.S. Veterinary Medical Colleges

23 Veterinary Technicians Work closely with the veterinarian Restrain animals Perform certain procedures and tests Administer treatments and monitor patients …and much more!

24 Additional Resources American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) © copyright 2010 AVMA All rights reserved


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