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College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine Careers

Private Practice

About two-thirds of the veterinarians in the United States are engaged in private practice. This constitutes a wide field with excellent opportunities. Veterinary practice may be:

• General, in which the practitioner offers services in dealing with all species of animals.

• Farm animal, in which the economically important food-producing domestic animals are considered.

• Companion animal, in which domestic animals occupying a companion position with their owners are treated.

• Special, in which only specific conditions or individual species are handled.

Increasingly, veterinarians with advanced specialty training and board certification are offering their services in referral hospitals in metropolitan areas.