Careers in the Licensed Professions


Veterinarian Print Profile PDF

Veterinarians diagnose and treat all animal disease, pain, illness, and injury. "Animal" includes every living creature except humans. Examples of services:

  • health assessments, including the use of imaging procedures
  • write prescriptions
  • perform surgeries
  • practice in specialized fields (such as internal medicine), based on advanced training and research


Complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from a Department-registered, veterinary medicine licensure program, or the equivalent. Such programs consist of at least four years of college study, including a year of clinical training.


North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $ 93,830 in the U.S., $107,400 in NY
  • Salary range: $70,440-$144,560
  • Projected growth: much faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Private clinics and hospitals
  • Farms and ranches
  • Research and education
  • Government agencies
  • Animal shelters, zoos, and aquariums

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Work with animals
  • Basic sciences
  • Perform medical procedures
  • Manual and technical skills

Professional Skills

  • Concern for animals and people
  • Ethical standards
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a veterinarian about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020