Gogebic Community College

Veterinary Medicine

Nature of the Work

Veterinarians care for pets, livestock, sporting and laboratory animals, and protect humans against diseases carried by animals. Veterinarians diagnose medical problems, dress wounds, set broken bones, perform surgery, prescribe and administer medicines, and vaccinate animals against diseases. They also advise owners on care and breeding.

Job Outlook

Veterinarians held about 56,000 jobs in 1994. About a third were self-employed in solo or group practices. The Federal Government employed about 2,800. Most veterinarians caring for zoo animals are private practicioners who contract with zoos to provide services, usually on a part time basis. Employment of veternarians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005.

The average starting salary in 1994 was $30,694. The average income of vets in private practice was $59,188 in 1994

The Program

The GCC program provides the first two years of general education courses designed to transfer to the university level for continuation of studies. All states in the U.S. require that veternarians be licensed. To obtain a license, applicants must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college of veterinary medicine and pass a state board examination.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Veterinary Medicine:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
BIO 101 General Biology I
4
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
4
BIO 250 Human Anatomy
4
BIO 251 Human Physiology
4
BIO 215 Introduction to Microbiology
4
MTH 110 College Algebra
4
MTH 107 Trigonometry
3
PHY 201 Elements of Physics I
4
PHY 202 Elements of Physics II
4
  Humanities Electives
9
  Social Science Electives
9
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
78

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

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Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207