Veterinary Medicine Careers

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Veterinary healthcare is a fascinating branch of medicine, encompassing a wide and diverse field of general and specialty services that affect both humans and animals. Veterinarians safeguard the health of companion animals; they help ensure the safety of our national food supply; they help prevent the spread of diseases; and their research positively benefits the health and welfare of both animals and humans.

Your veterinary medical education at Midwestern University will give you the opportunity to learn about an exciting spectrum of healthcare service opportunities. You will learn both medical and holistic skills and principles that, combined with communication and problem-solving skills, will qualify you for work in many different roles, from private practice to large animal and exotic practice to the environmental and public health sector. Midwestern’s One Health Initiative allows you to work alongside students and faculty professionals from many different disciplines, sharing resources and research opportunities to maximize your understanding of the intersection between human, animal, and environmental health.

Your training at Midwestern University will incorporate rigorous didactic and experiential learning. You will interact with live animals from your first days as a veterinary student; by your third year, you will be ready to begin internal clinical rotations at the University’s state-of-the-art Animal Health Institute, working under licensed faculty supervision to provide care for companion and large animals only a short walk away from your classrooms. Offsite rotation elective opportunities abound, giving you the chance to go out into the community to practice the skills you learn on campus.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 19 percent by 2026, faster than the national average for all occupations. Demand for skilled veterinarians is high in all sectors of the field, leading to exciting opportunities in small, large, or mixed-animal general primary care practice, or specialty fields such as anesthesiology, dentistry, cardiology, food animal production medicine, internal medicine, surgery, or wildlife medicine.  Other career opportunities include working in biomedical research, veterinary medical education, diagnostic laboratories, regulatory medicine, public health, industry, or biosecurity. 

If you care about animals, and if you want to learn more about how human, animal, and environmental health coexist and affect each other, then a career in the fascinating world of veterinary healthcare might be the future you have been looking for.

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