High School and early college students interested in becoming a veterinarian went to West Virginia University to learn more about the career Saturday, September 21.
The Veterinarian Career Day was hosted by WVU; WVU has a pre-vet program.
There are only about 30 veterinarian colleges in the United States. Getting into a veterinary school is highly competitive
Representatives from three of the those few schools, Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinarian Medicine, Mississippi State University, and Lincoln Memorial University, went to the event to discuss the programs. The state of West Virginia has contracts with these schools that allow students from the state to compete with other residents to make it into the schools.
"Most people do not realize the path that they have to take to become a veterinarian. This lets parents and students at the high school and early college levels to know the requirements," said Doctor George Seiler, a member of the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association who also owns a private practice in Morgantown. "And that it is a 7 to 8 year program."
Speakers walked students and their parents through what each of the schools different programs would be like if the student would attend.