A veterinarian is someone who provides medical care to the pets of families and farms. Veterinarians must be knowledgeable in science, treatment and prevention of illnesses, and provide nurturing care to families, pets, and animals. 

The Associate of Arts and Sciences in Science, Specialization in Veterinary Preparation, is designed to fulfill the course requirements and suggested electives to apply to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and to prepare students for the admission interview process.

Note:  Completion of the program does not guarantee admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program.  Students who do not gain admission to the DVM program after completion of the Science, Specialization in Veterinary Preparation program will be prepared to transfer to a 4-year university in a science curriculum.

Students are urged to become acquainted with the DVM admission process and consult with the Student Services Office of the community college in planning their program and selecting electives.

Program Statistics

116 annual job openings in southwest Virginia.

Salary Range

$82,000 median salary in Southwest Virginia 


What Hours Would I Work?

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with weekend and evening hours as needed.

Where Can I Live?