Teaching Job Security: Veterinarian Visits Local School for Career Day
Even in a down economy, this field finds few problems with unemployment

Naugatuck, CT: America’s growing shortage of veterinarians makes the threat of unemployment almost nonexistent for those who choose to enter this field–there simply are not enough veterinarians to fill available jobs. In fact, this scarcity is starting to reach crisis levels according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Although animal health is a large part of what veterinarians do for a living, they also protect humans from disease, keep food safe and protect the agricultural economy as well.

Life without veterinarians would mean more sick animals, including humans. Representatives from Naugatuck Veterinary Hospital attended a career day at Naugatuck High School in hopes to encourage students to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. A veterinarian from Naugatuck Veterinary Hospital, Stacey Dallas, DVM, spoke with the attendees, 11th and 12th grade students, and explained the diverse and rewarding opportunities available when pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

Top Five Characteristics: What it takes to be a Veterinarian

Pet and people skills: Veterinarians should have an affinity for animals and the ability to get along with their owners.

A degree: Prospective veterinarians must graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree from a 4-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are 28 colleges in 26 States that meet accreditation standards set by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

A passion for science: Veterinary medical colleges typically require applicants to have taken classes in organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, general biology, animal biology, animal nutrition, genetics, vertebrate embryology, cellular biology, microbiology, zoology, and systemic physiology.

Take tests: Applicants normally need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), depending on the school.

Continue learning: Continuing education is important for advancement, and it’s necessary to become a specialist in certain areas.
Source: The United States Department of Labor.

Media Inquiries
For more information, to arrange an interview, or schedule a visit to tour Naugatuck Veterinary Hospital and meet the dedicated veterinary team, please call Libby McKenna at 813.476.3894 or email Libby@FetchingCommunications.com.

About Stacey Dallas, DVM
Dr. Dallas is a 2005 graduate of the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Medicine and joined the practice in 2007. She is especially interested in internal medicine. She is a member of the New Haven County Veterinary Association and Litchfield County Veterinary Association.

About Naugatuck Veterinary Hospital
Naugatuck Veterinary Hospital is a well-established, full-service, primary veterinary care provider offering comprehensive medical, surgical and dental services. They provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. The facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-hospital surgery suite, in-house x-ray capabilities, and a closely supervised hospitalization area. At Naugatuck Veterinary Hospital the medical staff strives to offer not only sound advice, but also optimal veterinary care, thus allowing patients and their owners to enjoy a happy, healthy life together. For more information please call (203) 723-7187 or visit www.naugatuckvh.com.

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