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Why should you study a veterinary science degree abroad?

Choosing to study a veterinary science degree abroad will teach you everything you need to know to become a veterinary surgeon, working in a practice with a wide variety of animals. You will learn the intricacies of everything from diagnosis to surgery, and are likely to study the following modules, which will take in these things:

  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal health
  • Animal handling
  • Clinical science
  • Clinical skills
     
Across this you will study areas including:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
     
It is likely that the first years of your course will be theoretical rather than clinical based, giving you a chance to get to know the basics. Whichever course you choose, in later years you will have a large amount of practical experience and will spend a significant amount of time working in veterinary practices.

You will also complete an extended research project that will require a great amount of time and independent thought.

How can you benefit from studying a veterinary science degree abroad?
 

There are a very large number of skills needed in order to be admitted to and succeed in a veterinary degree. First and foremost, you should be of a scientific mindset – if studying in North America you should make sure as many of your bachelor’s modules are science related as possible, as this will help you qualify for grad school.

Wherever you choose to study a veterinary science degree abroad, you will need to have a large amount of work experience – courses are extremely competitive so proving that you have the dedication to work with animals over a sustained period of time is paramount.
In a wider sense, you must also be able to prove that you are ready for a large number of years of often intense study – veterinary degrees are much longer in length than most other university courses.

The years you spend on your veterinary degree will equip you will the vocational skills that are required to work in a veterinary practice. They include:

  • Animal anatomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Observation
  • Clinical skills
  • Decision making
  • Writing medical reports
  • Team leading
  • Empathy

What types of jobs can you do with this degree?
 

After graduating with your veterinary degree you will be qualified to work in veterinary practices, as well as a number of other places. Areas that you could work in with a veterinary degree include:

  • Veterinary practices
  • Consultancy
  • Disease control
  • Research (within government or education)
  • Advisory (e.g. pharmaceutical or biotechnology)
  • Wildlife parks or zoos
     
All countries have professional membership bodies for those within the veterinary sector (eg the British Veterinary Association in the UK), and there are various benefits to joining such associations.

If you would like more information about studying a veterinary science degree abroad, sign up for our Free Application Service and one of our advisors will be in touch with you shortly. Not sure about this course? You can find more information on our degree guides.