Best countries to study veterinary

Are you about to finish school and ready to start your professional life but you don´t have an   idea of what career to pursue? Well, this happens to thousands of young people all over the world who want to become professionals. Universities will fight to try to sell you into signing up for pretty much any career, but it´s up to you to decide what to study the next four years (on average of your life). Everyone will tell you to study what you like, and they are right, however you should not only ´like´ your career, you should be passionate about it, because that will truly set you apart from your classmates, and once you have graduated and you´re in the field of work, this people will be your competitors.

In a poll made in England, an astonishing 93% of students could see their degree through to the end, meaning that they were sure that they could complete their degree. In order to be sure that you will be able to fulfill your studies in your chosen subject, you should first, be sure of what you are looking for, do research on universities and their courses before you set your mind into one. Once you have narrowed down your options, make sure you research very thoroughly between them, especially if they are at different universities, and be sure that they cover those topics you are most interested in, as well as those you have had experience with in the past, and most importantly how they will impact your career and how you will put all the theory you learn into practice at the workplace. Once you have all the answers to these questions and compare them to how much money you will have to invest, you can decide where to go, and what to study.

If you´re passionate about animals and you really love and respect them, veterinary medicine may just be the perfect career for you, many animal lovers have dreams of becoming a veterinarian doctor one day, but aside from the love and care you may feel for animals, there´s a lot of studying and sacrifice you will have to make in order to finish the course. Choosing to become a veterinarian doctor can be a real challenge, but in the end it´s very fulfilling and will make any animal lover very happy.

If you are considering becoming a veterinary doctor, you should be aware that some days are very difficult, like in any type of medicine, all your patients will be different, this diversity might be overwhelming at first, but it will keep your days interesting for the rest of your career. If you want a challenge, you will definitely e challenged every day with animal medicine. You will also make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals and their human families; these will allow you to experience all kinds of emotions every day and you will also learn continuously about so many species of animals.  

You will need to be organized and clean, because you will have to keep files of each and every one of your animal patients, and keep record of their health, medicine, foods and products. If you don´t like to study then you might want to reconsider becoming a veterinarian, it´s a challenging course and the environments may be just as challenging as well. You will have to learn a lot of new information every day, take notes and study it. You will have to learn how to manage your time more efficiently in order to become more productive. Everything you learn you will have to put into practice. Being passionate for what you for work applies to everyone, but for veterinarians, it can be a requirement to be successful. If you choose a good course, you will be taught the right skills to fulfill your job in a satisfactory way, and you will be able to help your patients and save their lives.

Balancing your work and life can be tricky, because even if you are out of your workspace you will still love animals, and that will make your life a little harder when you see a pet not being taken care of, or an animal hurting. If it´s a holiday and you are not working, it can be difficult for you to say no to help an animal that has an emergency, but you won´t think of it as your job because at the end of the day, you love animals and they are part of your life. Through your university years you will be able to work at charity organizations all over the world helping animals, as well as with experienced veterinarians, experiencing different environments is important and very rewarding because this will make it easier for you when you have to find a job or start your own clinic.

You should keep in mind that a degree in Veterinary Medicine usually takes up to 5 years (on average) of undergraduate studies; you can come across many types of methodologies to teach and learn different subjects in a wide variety of programs. The first years of the course usually focus on the structure and function of cells, body tissue and system of (healthy) animals. You will learn about how to correctly take care of animals, how to feed them in the different stages of their lives and how to house them, as well as the clinical concepts that apply. Another aspect that is taught is how to communicate professionally and skills to do it for all environments that you may encounter throughout your career.

In order to be a good student and an even better veterinarian, living up to the challenges and workload is mandatory. You will be in an environment of pressure where subjects can be intense, and therefore having motivation and passion, joined by discipline is important to achieve your goal. Academic requirements are often demanding for students, and you will also have to demonstrate experience in the field of work before graduating. You will also have to have knowledge in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.There are different degrees you can pursue depending on what you want to specialize on.Such as: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) or BVMS) and Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing. You will have work opportunities in different veterinary fields, like research, private practice, pharmaceutical, charities, and as a university teacher.

Veterinarians work with the animal field; they diagnose, treat and operate domestic and exotic animals. A veterinarian can practice in the city as well as in the countryside. Veterinarians are passionate have love and care for animals.

Later in your program you will learn about the diseases of animals, how to diagnose them as well as treatments and cures. This is important because on your final year you won´t be attending regular classes and lectures, but instead you will be putting everything to practice in rotating clinics that include different clinical disciplines such as laboratory, hematology and surgery. Degrees are designed to train and provide skills for a veterinary doctor in different subjects, broad or more specific. General Practice or Specialized veterinarians such as farm animal vets, or equine vets, are always trained for further training in other specialized fields, like orthopedic surgery, cardiology, and dentistry. To become a veterinarian in France, you must have a bachelors degree in Veterinary, which you can enroll for in any of the four French veterinary schools in Nantes, Toulouse,Lyon or Maisons-Alfort. You can access the courses by competing with other candidates, from level bac 2+. You need to have at least some scientific knowledge before starting your chemistry, biology, or bio technology courses in order to enroll for Veterinarian Medicine.

Love for animals isn´t all you need to become a great veterinarian. In France, the courses are long and difficult, they take up to 7 years. After the BAC S, candidates start preparing for the BCPST-Veto, which is studies in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science, In the regions of Hauts-de-France, only four schools offer a two year program to prepare students through intensive studies so they can be accepted in the four highly selective National Veterinary Schools that are located in Lyon, Maison-Alfort, Nantes and Toulouse that they can access to through a contest. Students can also be admitted by having a bachelor’s degree in Science or engineering. Once you´re admitted in one of these, it will take 5 more years to graduate and be able to practice. The first years are basic science, public health and laws. On the fourth year students learn by doing clinics, and the last year is to complete a doctoral thesis which once that is approve, will allow for the veterinarian doctor to become licensed by the State to practice.

On average, studies last up to 7 years. At the end of the mandatory final course, students receive their official title of Veterinarian Doctor, which allows them to start practicing. There are other specializations that students can opt for after receiving their degree, such as Veterinarian Studies in Advanced Public Animal Health, Animal Pathology and warm regions. (These require a BAC Level of +8). As well as Pet Surgery, Equine Health, Veterinarian Ophthalmology and Lab Science in Animals (These require a BAC level of +9).

If you don´t choose to complete your degree in France, you can pick from the 5 best Veterinary Medicine programs of Europe:

Royal Veterinary College – University of London. (England)

The University offers domestic and foreign students undergraduate courses in veterinary medicine, biological sciences, and veterinary nursing, as well as postgraduate courses in clinical training, teaching and research. The five-year undergraduate course grants the students with a Bachelor of veterinary Medicine degree. It costs up to 9250£ per course for all European Union citizens.

University of Cambridge – Cambridge Veterinary School (England)

The course of the study in order to get the Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine degree is six years, with the last one being a full-time clinic practice. In the third year of the career, the students are able to choose the Zoology Bachelor course in case they are interested in specializing in exotic animals. It can cost up to 2544£ per term for European Union Citizens.

3. University of Edinburgh – The Royal School of Veterinary Studies. (England)

This University offers two main programs: The accelerated Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Degree, which lasts four years, and Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Degree which lasts five, Master and post-graduate studies can be accomplished on-campus or by online distance learning for foreigners, the main gain is developing techniques, knowledge, and specialization for previously generally taught subjects.

It Costs 4196€ for European Union Citizens.

4.Utrecht University – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. (Netherlands)

The university offers two main programs at the faculty: Bachelor (3 years) and Master of Veterinary Medicine (Additional 3 years). The educational process in the Master program is led by competency, and includes veterinary practice, cooperation, entrepreneurship, communication, health and welfare, personal development and academic practice. It costs 1951£ for European Union Citizens.

5. University of Copenhagen – School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. (Denmark)

Their program offers students 4 bachelor programs in the fields of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, Biology-biotechnology and Parasitology, and 3 master programs in the fields of Veterinary Public Health, Companion Animal Clinical Science and Laboratory Animal Science. They are well known for accepting students from all over the world.

Free for European Union Citizens.

For whatever University and Program you choose, you should always consider all the factors that need to be a part of your decision. It´s really important that you make a well thought decision so that you can live the best years of your life in the best environment possible and happily. It´s also a big responsibility for you and your life to choose the right university, you are the master of your own path, and you should always try to pick what is best for you, and will benefit you the most in the long run.