No matter what kind of career path you go down, one thing that is universal across all industries is that you never stop learning. While training to become a qualified veterinarian is no mean feat, there are always updates on clinical procedures and opportunities to specialise in areas that interest you.
VetDojo offers online courses for vets and you can join an industry network of veterinarians. We also offer mentorship and live Q&A sessions where you can ask our experts anything from the course or an experience that you’ve had in your own practice.
Below are some common questions regarding veterinary courses online.
Can you take veterinary classes online?
Veterinary degrees are typically obtained by completing the required training and education at tertiary education centres such as universities. The university
will set the course work and requirements that must be met in order to graduate. In some cases, the coursework and some classes may be conducted online.
What online veterinary learning platforms are there in Australia?
For graduate and practicing veterinarians there are numerous online education opportunities. At VetDojo, we have created a unique learning platform that is optimized for the busy veterinary professional. Courses are designed and broken down into user-friendly pieces that can be readily accessed and viewed from your device or computer.
The modules are loaded with up to date and practical information with tips and tricks that you can implement in your practice immediately. A large amount of our content is based upon instructional videos along with supporting notes and images. We are passionate about providing the highest standard of continuing veterinary education possible.
Where can I connect with other veterinarians online?
Our aim is to provide a cutting edge, easy to use continuing education network to everyone in the veterinary industry and to connect like-minded veterinary professionals. We provide content that is relevant and user-friendly for busy veterinary professionals. We provide the opportunity to build knowledge and skills and to further professional development. We provide the resources to help build confidence in decision making, to feel more value in the profession and to optimize patient and client outcomes. We are here to join the dots between textbook knowledge and real-life practice.
What level of education is required to become a vet?
Most veterinary schools or colleges are located at a university. Depending on the university, the veterinary qualification may be an undergraduate degree that is 5-6 years in length or a postgraduate degree that requires completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree along with the postgraduate degree in veterinary medicine. Most postgraduate veterinary degrees typically require a commitment of 7-8 years in total of tertiary education.
Can you go to vet school for free?
The answer to this question depends on a lot of factors. In most countries higher education is not free. Depending on the county and the specific university there may be opportunities to obtain a scholarship or to take a university placement that is funded in some amount by the government.
How expensive is veterinary school?
The cost of veterinary school depends on numerous factors and is dependent on the university, the availability of government subsidies and the availability or scholarships. In some countries like the USA, it can cost up to USD$140,000-$450,000.
Do vets get paid well?
The average veterinarian salary varies greatly depending on where they live. In some countries like Australia, the starting salary for a new graduate veterinarian is relatively low compared to other high-skilled professions. Many would argue that veterinary professionals are underpaid relative to:
- the duration of study required to complete their training
- the hours that they work
- the stress and pressure that they are under
- the requirement for continual professional development
It is a common misconception that vets must earn a lot of money because the fees that they charge are higher than when a person visits a doctor and/or has a medical procedure.
What is the cost of running a veterinary practice?
There is a very real perception that veterinary fees are far higher than that of the human medical field. While the out-of-pocket expense to the pet owner may be relatively high compared to the out-of-pocket expense of a human patient when they visit the doctor it has to be remembered that veterinary businesses are privately owned and receive no government subsidies or rebates. The fixed and variable costs of running a veterinary practice are high.
In most small animal veterinary practices that are considered successful, the net profit margin is around 15%. Labour costs for most veterinary businesses are the greatest expense with veterinary, nursing and reception/administration wages typically making up 45-50% of the revenue.
While it may seem like the trip to the vet is expensive it is important to remember that the business that you are visiting has large bills to pay (Including the team of vets and nurses) along with building rental, equipment leases, consumable costs, laboratory fees and the list goes on.
How hard is it to become a vet?
Becoming a vet is challenging. There is often a high level of competition at universities for admission into the course. A high level of academic performance at high school and in undergraduate degrees is a minimum requirement for most universities. At many universities there is also an interview process that must be completed, which aids in selecting students for the program.
Written by James Simcock, BVSc (hons), Dip ACVS, Dip ECVS, — Medically
Reviewed by Charles Kuntz, DVM, MS, Dip ACVS