Any profession in the world has its requirements for one to be considered qualified for it. Veterinarians too have not been left out. They are required to fulfil certain requirements before they can be considered as qualified and able veterinarians. In some cases, for an undergraduate student to get admission, he/she has to undergo a pre-veterinarian course to prepare them for the task ahead. This at times is compulsory considering that some of the students do not have a science background which is very vital as far as the veterinarian course is concerned. Indeed it is very rare for one to be considered for admission without this pre-qualification.
After the undergraduate course, one will be required to undergo another four years of training which culminates to the award of degree in veterinary medicine. This can only be recognized if the veterinary school attended is duly and fully accredited by a recognized body. The very first three years are committed to classwork, research and practical practices while the fourth year goes to clinical-based rotations and it is here that the graduate is able to choose and recognize the area of interest since as a veterinarian you can choose to practice general or specialize in one area.
After all, is said and done in class and field, one will be required to obtain a license. This license is meant to enable one practice in all areas that recognizes and uphold the license and its content. For one to be considered qualified to hold the license one has to pass an examination administered by a qualified body. This exam is meant to confirm the educational fitness, professional ethics, personal information and diagnostic expertise. The examination is administered to all who are in the professional before any license can be granted.
Veterinarians will also be required to confirm their residency status. This is meant to enable the examination body to differentiate between the residents and non-residents. There are rules that are meant to enable a country license only the bonafide citizens and only aliens who have the right documentation. This may be discriminatory but on the other hand very important. After the residency exam, the practitioner will become certified by the board and start practising. One may start earning a little stipend when on residency examination.
Just as other professionals, all veterinarians will be required to observe the code of conduct and carry themselves in a manner that is not likely to discredit and prejudice the profession in any way. This means they will have to respect their professional ethics and avoid being negligence since confirmation of negligence can be the genesis for deregistration. Negligence all over the world is a reason enough to warrant disciplinary action against any profession hence the need to be very cautious. All veterinarians have to follow and observe their professional obligations in the letter and spirit of the noble duty bestowed upon them by the profession and more so considering that they are responsible for animals and not human being who in a position to express their displeasure.