Veterinary Care Careers

If your passion is to help animals, a degree in veterinary care may be right for you. An associates or bachelor’s degree can lead to a variety of exciting careers within the veterinary field including veterinary technician, veterinary surgical nurse, veterinary laboratory assistant and veterinary office administration. Coursework can range from physiology, biology and anatomy, to an externship offering real-world experience in a veterinary clinic or animal care facility that will prepare you for one of the many career opportunities available within the veterinary care field.

Employment Opportunities

Veterinary professionals work in a wide range of positions, including:

  • Veterinary practices
  • Animal hospitals
  • Zoos
  • Horse farms/ranches
  • Wildlife sanctuaries


Veterinary professionals utilize a wide range of skills, including:

  • Compassion for animals
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Identifying infectious and non-infectious diseases
  • Administering vaccines
  • Meticulous record-keeping & organization

Industry Spotlight

Employment opportunities for those in the veterinary field are expected to be strong. This is due to pet owners who are more affluent and more willing to pay for advanced veterinary care. In addition, employment of veterinary technologists and technicians will also be strong even during periods of economic recession because animals will continue to need veterinary care.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008