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I Want to be a Veterinarian

We're here to help future veterinarians


The first thing most people say if you tell them you are consdering a career in veterinary medicine, is it takes more than loving animals. But what does it really take? What does a typical day look like in the life of a veterinarian? What sort of school is needed to become a veterinarian?

Maybe you’ve dreamed about becoming a veterinarian as long as you can remember. Maybe you’ve already been in the workforce and are thinking of changing careers to veterinary medicine. Maybe you have a friend or family member who wants to become a veterinarian, and you want to help them make an educated decision.

Having a dream is easy. Making a choice and figuring out all of the implications of that choice is a lot harder. The I Want to be a Veterinairan website is designed and staffed by members of the veterinary profession who want to help you understand your goals and figure out if veterinary medicine is really the right career for you.

A companion I Want to be a Veterinarian brochure can be downloaded or ordered (in packs of 25). Colleagues are encouraged to display them in their practice waiting rooms. They are also popular with speakers addressing pre-veterinary students as well as local job fairs.

- This program is helpful if you are: Thinking about being a veterinarian, a veterinary student, a new veterinary graduate, a veterinarian.

- You can support this initiative by selecting Help for Veterinary Students on our give page.

Go to I Want to be a Veterinarian website

VIN Foundation serves animal- and human-kind by ensuring veterinary professionals have the tools,
confidence and support to thrive. Empowering ONE empowers all. 

What is the need for the VIN Foundation?

Veterinary medicine spans areas including food animal and meat inspection, academia and research, international health and public awareness, as well as cutting edge surgery, diagnostic testing, and medical treatments for every animal species. The strength and health of our pets, agriculture, research, families, and communities depend upon a healthy, vibrant, and strong veterinary profession. Supporting and advocating for individuals within the profession is the heart and soul of the VIN Foundation. By helping veterinary professionals navigate the challenges of their careers, the VIN Foundation is helping to better serve animal- and human-kind.

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The VIN Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was created by members of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) in 2005. VIN is an online community of veterinarians and veterinary students with over 50,000 members worldwide. The VIN Foundation is made possible through generous gifts by individual donors and grants, all gifts made to the VIN Foundation are tax deductible.

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