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Pre-Veterinary

What Will I Learn?

By successfully completing an associates degree with emphasis in biological sciences pre-veterinary medicine you will be able to:

  • Observe, hypothesize, experiment, and form conclusions in various settings.
  • Integrate knowledge from multiple biological disciplines and apply to unfamiliar or challenging situations .
  • Communicate about ideas coherently and logically.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Employment as veterinarians will increase by 9-17 percent or more over the 2004-14 period. Because the numbers of companion pets, particularly cats, are on the rise, people will demand more services from a veterinarian. More pet owners are interested in nontraditional pet care, such as dental care. Veterinarians may work in retail stores, offering services. Job prospects look good for those interested in working with farm animals. Veterinarians may opt for a job with the government, regulating animal entry, animal health and welfare, and public health.1

Animal lovers may also choose to become veterinary technologists and technicians.

What Are My Options?

The associates degree with emphasis in biological sciences pre-vererinary medicine is designed for students planning to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and major in biology at a four-year college or university.

Advantages to taking classes at Heartland Community College include:

  • Small class sizes: Small classes allow for more interaction between students and the instructor. At a large university, lecture sections can be as large as 500 students.
  • More access to a dedicated, highly qualified instructor: Most large universities employ graduate students as teaching assistants who have little or no experience teaching.
  • Well-designed courses: Heartland courses include aspects of critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.
  • Lower costs: Tuition and fees are considerably less at Heartland Community College.

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physicians and Surgeons, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos076.htm