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  Careers in Veterinary Medicine
Types of Careers
Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants are some of the types of careers in the veterinary industry. This section will help you learn more about each type of career and the education process for each.
Click here for information from the AVMA's Aardvarks to Zebras website on starting on a path toward becoming a veterinarian. Includes information on different types of veterinarians, necessary schooling, and if veterinary medicine is a good choice for you.

Veterinarians do much more than just keep your pets healthy. Veterinarians have a wide range of career choices which include:
  • Private Practice—either a general practice or focusing on a specialty such as emergency medicine or orthopedics
  • Corporate Veterinary Medicine—for example, with corporations that provide veterinary care, test drugs for safety, or produce animal-related products
  • Government—this include places like the United States Dept of Agriculture (USDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where veterinarians work on biosecurity, environmental quality, public health, meat inspection, regulatory medicine, herd health, and investigation of disease outbreaks.
  • Military—the US Army Corps and US Air Force employ veterinarians for food safety and military working dog veterinary medicine
  • Research—either at a university or at a company which produces animal-related products or drugs
  • Teaching—either in academia or non-professional schools
  • Public Health—particularly with government agencies such as the United States Public Health Service, which works to control the trnasmission of animal-to-human (zoonotic) disease.
  • Food Supply Medicine—either with a government agency or a food animal company
  • Global Veterinary Medicine—in private practice or with international agencies working in areas such as food production and safety or emerging diseases
  • Public Policy—working for governments on animal and zoonotic diseases, animal welfare, public health issues, or as consultants with non-government agencies
  • Shelter Medicine—working with communities and private or public agencies to ensure the health and well-being of animal populations housed in shelters
Click here to view a list of all veterinary programs accredited by the AVMA.

A Career In Veterinary Technology

Click here for information from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (NAVTA) which explains the duties and responsibilities, career opportunities, and educational requirements of a veterinary technician.
Click here to view a list of all veterinary technology programs accredited by the AVMA.

A Career as a Veterinary Assistant
Click here for information from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (NAVTA) which highlights the types of careers in veterinary medicine and how each interacts with all the members of a veterinary practice.

Veterinary Technician Internship Position
Click here for a full description of a veterinary technician internship position at the Maryland Zoo in Balitmore.