For those interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, the path to such a career and the direction said career takes can be very diverse.
Check out this example from the OSU President’s Report:
Manoj Pastey, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences in OSUâ€™s College of Veterinary Medicineis a veterinarian, but his discoveries reach directly into the world of human health. Today, HIV, avian flu and other respiratory viruses top Pasteyâ€™s research agenda. And he has an ambitious and urgent goal, to improve the detection, prevention and treatment of viral diseases. Pastey is working on a new method to detect avian flu quickly in birds. Last winter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a two-year, $100,000 grant for his work…A stint as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health earned him several awards for research excellence…And in recognition of their work in immunology, Pastey and a colleague, Barney Graham, received a patent in 2004 relating to a method of halting the infection and spread of viruses such as RSV, para-influenza virus and HIV.
From the OSU Veterinary Medicine website:
How to Prepare for a Career in Veterinary Medicine
Get Started in High School
For a career in veterinary medicine, a high school student should develop a strong background in biology, chemistry and physics. Courses in English, social science and speech are also necessary since interpersonal and professional communications skills are important assets in veterinary medicine. Practical experience with animals is very important. Like most professions, veterinary medicine is very much a â€œpeople business.â€? The most successful veterinarians are competent doctors as well as good communicators.
Pre-Veterinary College Coursework
Applicants for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine should have at least 97 acceptable quarter credits or 64 semester credits from an accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate program is preferred at Oregon State University, but students must complete a set of pre-veterinary requirements in chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, biology, animal nutrition, genetics, physiology, additional biological sciences and animal nutrition. Courses in English, public speaking and humanities/social sciences are also required. Many students choose an animal science or biological science major because these bachelor’s degree programs generally include most of the pre-veterinary requirements. Also, many of these programs allow students accepted into the DVM program after their junior year to apply credits earned in their first year of veterinary study toward completing a bachelor’s degree.
Students interested in veterinary medicine, should consult with a pre-veterinary medicine advisor when planning their undergraduate program. Oregon State University students may choose to contact one of the OSU pre-veterinary medicine advisors.