What starts with kids bandaging up their stuffed animals' "boo-boos," leads to a passion for fixing up kittens and puppies for a living.
Along with being a traditional veterinarian, those in the field can also find jobs helping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determine drug safety, assisting nonprofit groups such as Heifer International, monitoring international disease outbreaks, teaching, or doing clinical work or biomedical research, says Virginia Buechner-Maxwell, professor of large animal internal medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Va.
You can get into vet school with a bachelor's in any field, says Buechner-Maxwell, but you'll need some science-heavy prerequisites for admittance. Once you've finished vet school, the BLS reports that the job market for vets is expected to grow "much faster than average," though Buechner-Maxwell says landing a position immediately after school can be tricky.
"Some of the things that can help is whenever they've got the opportunity to volunteer or take a job as a technician in a clinic that they're interested in," they should take it, she says. "Trying to plan to visit clinics that they might want to work in is another way to kind of get their foot in the door."
She adds that students should also watch their debt load, which may range between $100,000 and $200,000 for undergrad and veterinary school.