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Veterinary Medicine (Pre)
Veterinary Medicine (Pre)
Skills You'll Need

student in biology class works with test tube"As a veterinarian, you'll need to have more than just a love for animals," says Lake Michigan College program coordinator and instructor Dr. William Yamokoski. He says, if you are interested in veterinary medicine you should have an analytical mind and sharp observation skills.

Biology is a large aspect of veterinary medicine. A life-long interest in science is critical because in this career you will be a life-long student.

One aspect of this career that few like to think about is the death of an animal. Often owners will bring in their pet when the animal is very sick or injured and cannot recover. When an animal dies, it is the veterinarian's job to be sympathetic to the owner's grief. You must be able to read verbal and non-verbal cues and adjust to the needs and emotional states of the owner.

For those veterinarians that have a private practice, strong business skills are needed.

Veterinarians must also:

  • build cliental and reputation
  • hire staff
  • be professional
  • have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • have the ability to apply science and technology principles
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