College of Veterinary Medicine

Careers in Veterinary Medicine

Educating Tomorrow’s Veterinarians: Dr. Colleen Engel received her DVM from WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She works in small animal private practice.

With a degree in veterinary medicine, the possibilities are endless. From private practice to public health, working locally to traveling internationally, farm animal care to wildlife medicine, there are a broad range of careers to choose from.

Our students choose careers in:

  • Private practice working in small animal clinics, farm and agricultural animal health, or equine medicine
  • Local, state, and federal agencies working as a state veterinarian, a USDA inspector, or with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Public health working to improve human health through disease control and prevention or ensuring a safe food supply
  • Academia working as researchers and professors
  • Other career opportunities may include zoo animal practice, equine sports medicine, wildlife animal medicine, marine biology, and aquatic animal medicine.


Salary and Job Growth

  • The median annual wage of veterinarians was $82,040 in May 2010 (U.S. Department of Labor).
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for veterinarians will have a faster than average expected job growth rate (36 percent) from 2010 to 2020, with good job opportunities in government and farm animal care.


For more information about a career in veterinary medicine visit:

Veterinary Admissions, PO Box 647012 , Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-7012, 509-335-1532, Contact Us Safety Links
© 2012 Washington State University | Accessibility | Policies | Copyright