The unique challenges of a veterinary education

03/18/2013 | Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.), The

Although medical and veterinary schools share some similarities, veterinary school students are exposed to many species, from companion and farm animals to exotics that live in zoos and nature, writes veterinarian Karen Dye. She points out veterinarians must learn to deal with the special challenge of working with patients who cannot speak. "In veterinary medicine general practice it is common to perform surgery, whereas in human medicine, one must see a surgeon. Similarly, veterinarians are also dentists, radiologists and pharmacists," Dr. Dye writes, noting that veterinarians can also be trained and certified in specialty areas.

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