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Veterinary Schools in Florida

Getting into veterinary school is highly competitive; but making it might mean excellent job prospects and potentially high pay, especially for graduates of veterinary schools in Florida. Florida pays veterinarians the third highest wages in the country, according to 2009 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and veterinarians in Miami receive the highest mean wages nationwide. According to the BLS, in 2009, Florida's 3,150 veterinarians earned a mean salary of $105,540, while those in Miami took hom $162,650. The BLS projects a 33 percent increase in veterinarian jobs nationally between 2008 and 2018.

Attending Veterinary Schools in Florida

According to the BLS, there are 28 veterinary schools accredited by the Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the United States, and one of them is in Florida. The limited number of programs is one reason veterinary school acceptance is competitive. It's also challenging: vet school students must learn the biological systems of all animal types. Additionally, many vets go on to specialize in a particular kind of veterinary medicine. In addition to small and large animal vets, Florida hires many of the country's marine animal vets.

Most vet school programs don't require students to have bachelors' degrees; instead a certain number of completed undergraduate credit hours (usually between 45 and 90) must be completed. Vet school typically takes four years to complete.

Veterinary School Graduates

Doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) graduates can begin to practice once they are licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all require passing the national board examination. Some graduates accept one-year internships instead of jumping into private practice. Internships pay small salaries but offer thorough on-the-job training and could lead to better future job opportunities. Veterinarians who seek board certification must complete a three- to four-year residency program in one of the AVMA-recognized specialties, such as internal medicine, surgery, and anesthesiology.

Approximately 2,500 students graduate from vet schools a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it is expected that 19,700 new veterinarian positions will be added nationwide between 2008 and 2018, with additional open positions open due to retirements. This adds up to exceptional opportunities for trained veterinarians in Florida and around the nation.

 

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