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Career Possibilities

Where can your DVM take you? With a combination of passion and hard work, anywhere you want it to.


There are exciting career opportunities that can await you in the veterinary field once you graduate –whether that’s working in a small practice, continuing your training in a specialized internship or residency leading to board certification, working in research or academia, or becoming a practitioner in the public sector, you can find a career that fits your interests.

Do what you love while positively impacting global health. A career in veterinary medicine provides the opportunity to contribute to both animal and human health, food quality and safety, food security, behavior, biomedical research, wildlife and environmental health. Studying animal life and disease ultimately helps to improve our understanding of human life and disease.

Qualified DVM degree holders can explore careers in areas like:
  • Private practice

    Many veterinarians become general practitioners, providing primary care to small or large animals. Others become specialists, focusing solely on small animal surgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, or emergency animal medicine.

  • Wildlife and Shelter Medicine

    Shelter medicine practitioners collaborate with communities and both private and public agencies, helping homeless domestic and wild animals stay happy and healthy.

  • Government and Public Sector

    Agencies like the European Food Safety Authority, Departments of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration all work to employ veterinarians in fields such as regulatory medicine, agricultural animal health, disease outbreak investigation, and environmental quality. Practitioners can also work in the public health sector with government agencies to help control zoonoses and vector borne diseases, emergency response, and preventative programs against agro-terrorism.

  • Research

    Research professionals focus on curing human and animal disease, while understanding the biology behind it, and the medicines used to combat them. Researchers may be in a variety of settings, including private sector, research and development, pharmaceutical companies, governmental and non-governmental agencies, academic programs, and clinical settings.

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    Marine Research and Care

    DVM Alumni and Current MsC Student Sydney Davis working with Dolphin Discovery


“The cool thing I didn’t realize about veterinary medicine was how varied of a path you can take. You hear about things like lab animal medicine and public health, but you can also go into animal welfare, general practice, large animal, small animal, equine, public policy, or research and you can study and work anywhere in the world.”

– SCOTT KIDD, DVM ’13

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