Veterinary Schools in Texas

The need for veterinarians is expected to grow rapidly in coming years in Texas and the rest of the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) anticipates a 33 percent increase in vet jobs nationally between 2008 and 2018. In Texas, there were 3,840 veterinarians in 2009 earning a mean annual salary of $99,240, according to BLS data. With just 28 accredited vet schools in the United States and one in Texas, acceptance to vet schools can be highly competitive. But potentially high pay and excellent job prospects should be available to those who make it.

Veterinary Schools in Texas

In Texas, where ranches, small towns, big cities, and their suburbs all meet, there is a big need for both small animal and large animal veterinarians. A smaller number of marine vets are also employed in the state. Veterinary schools in Texas can train you in all areas of veterinary care. Before beginning vet school, you'll need to complete at least 45 to 90 undergraduate credit hours.

Acceptance to vet schools is competitive. Nationwide, approximately one out of three vet school applicants are accepted. Acceptance is based on undergraduate grades and your scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Although entrance requirements vary from school to school, the majority of vet schools require applicants to take the GRE. It typically takes four years to complete veterinary schools in Texas.

Veterinary School Graduates

Graduating from veterinary school makes you a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), but in order to practice, you'll need to get licensed. Although licensing requirements vary by state, all require passing the eight-hour national board examination, the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. After this, your choices include:

  • Finding a veterinarian job
  • Entering a one-year internship, which offers limited pay but excellent on-the-job training
  • Begin a three- to four-year residency program to receive intensive training in one of 39 AVMA-recognized veterinarian specialties, such as internal medicine, radiology, or dermatology

Whatever path you pursue, if nationwide growth trends are any indication, the chances for finding work should be excellent after graduating from veterinary schools in Texas.

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Texas A & M University College Station 46542