Vets, otherwise known as Veterinary Surgeons are physicians for animals, much like humans, animal have a wide range of ailments that need attending to. With the increase in the number of pet insurance policies taken out and also the amount people are prepared to spend on their cherished animals the demand and thus the financial reward for Vets has increased.
To become a veterinary surgeon it is important firstly that you have a passion for the welfare of animals. Although making a good living from becoming a vet should be a concern, it in most cases should not be the primary reason for becoming a vet. The skills required to become a vet are similar to those required by a paediatrician. Animals (the same as Children) cannot communicate their symptoms to you and therefore you will be relying on testimony from the owners as well as your own individual skill to asses and diagnose your patients and offer a suitable course of treatment.
If you wish to become a vet you will have to obtain a veterinary degree also known as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from a suitable establishment, plus in addition you must obtain a license to practice. Such a qualification will not only allow you to treat animals with standard complaints but also to specialise in animal healthcare niches. Obviously the rules and regulations for veterinary surgeons vary between countries, so be sure to check with your local licensing boards as part of your research on your path to become a vet.
Most people once qualified choose to treat domestic animals due to the fact that the demand here is always great and there are plenty of opportunities available for newly qualified vets. This is also a good route to take for those who, in the future, wish to open up their own veterinary surgery with other veterinary surgeons working for their practice.
It can take up to 8 years to obtain the qualifications to become a vet once leaving secondary education, moreover competition for places at Universities which offer degrees in Veterinary medicine is fierce, but for those who gain a place and graduate the rewards are great both in terms of job satisfaction and remuneration.