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Veterinary medicine is the practice of medicine on animals. Some vets work with small domestic pets, some work with livestock, and others work with wildlife. A typical veterinary degree is four years after undergraduate, but there are a variety of positions to pursue in addition to a DVM/VMD. Veterinary Technician or Assistant positions, laboratory research, and animal care are all ways to get experience in the veterinary profession.

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Salary varies widely depending on role, education level, and location. Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:

  • Veterinarian: $88,770
  • Veterinary Technician: $32,490
  • Veterinary Assistant/Animal Caretaker: $25,250

Do your research to get a better sense of what specific companies in particular cities are paying entry-level assistants and technicians. Check out Glassdoor and to get an idea. Also, a cost of living calculator can be very useful when trying to compare salaries in different parts of the country.

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