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The strongest growth areas for jobs in this profession include molecular biology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, immunology, diagnostic pathology, environmental medicine, aquaculture, and comparative medical research. 30 GETTING STARTED YOU SPENT FOUR YEARS IN COLLEGE. THEN YOU BEAT THE COMPETITION AND got into veterinary school. Four years later, you’ve graduated, passed the exams, and have a license to practice. It’s time to put all this good training to good use. The first place to look for a job is at your veterinary school.

There are a few opportunities to work for zoos, but not directly. Zoo veterinarians are usually self-employed private practitioners who contract their services on a yearly basis. Employment prospects are the best for veterinarians with one of the board-certified specialties. The strongest growth areas for jobs in this profession include molecular biology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, immunology, diagnostic pathology, environmental medicine, aquaculture, and comparative medical research.

There are also quite a few AVMA-allied veterinary associations with job boards as well. Employers generally do not require a veterinarian to complete an internship. However, it is a good way to get started while gaining valuable experience. New graduates will find internships and residencies at veterinary colleges, large private practices, and public veterinary facilities. The federal government is probably the single biggest employer of veterinarians. New graduates don’t need experience or special training to land jobs as meat and poultry inspectors or disease control workers for the US Public Health Service or the military.

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