An Aid for our Animals: Make Your Mark in Veterinary Science

Veterinary science deals with the study and practice of caring for animals’ health and wellbeing. While many veterinary scientists aim to care for household pets including dogs and cats, specialists in the field care for livestock or exotic pets. Others pursue careers in veterinary research, studying and innovating the ways practitioners care for their patients. As a diverse field with numerous avenues, veterinary science is an ideal major for anyone with an affinity for animals. And, there are not many Black or Brown veterinarians, so there’s a need for more students like you pursuing a degree and a career to add your experience, expertise and awareness to the field.

Careers in Veterinary Science

  • Veterinary Physician

When pet owners take their animals to the veterinarian, they’re likely seeing someone trained as a veterinary physician. These professionals make diagnoses, prescribe medications and administer care to animals. In some cases, veterinary physicians specialize in surgery.

  • Veterinary Researcher

Researchers are responsible for developing medicines and studying new treatments specifically for animals. They often work in laboratory settings and have a strong background in scientific research.

  • Veterinary Assistant/Technician

Like in any medical office, assistants and technicians are needed to ensure that procedures are done correctly and efficiently. These professionals assist the veterinarian with various tasks and operate equipment under their direction.

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How to Prepare for Success

All veterinary scientists need to have some basic, foundational understanding of chemistry, biology and ethics. A background working with animals in a domestic or agricultural setting will be beneficial.


UNCF Schools to Consider

One UNCF-member HBCU offers programs for students wishing to work in the field of veterinary science:

Professional Organizations

There are thousands of organizations in various fields of veterinary science that offer more insight into working in those fields. A sample list includes:

Tuskegee veterinary student with dogScholarships

Several scholarships are available through UNCF. There are specific scholarships available to students majoring in the sciences. For example, the Rooted In Science Scholarship awards $5,000 to students majoring in a STEM field.

The UNCF General Scholarship Awards are an excellent opportunity for any student going to a UNCF-member college, regardless of their major. The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program awards a $10,000 scholarship to one exceptional HBCU senior each year who has demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, commitment to community service and unmet financial need.

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Students should also check with each college or university to see if there are other scholarships available to study veterinary science.

Reach out for guidance by submitting a major interest form if you are interested in a career in veterinary science. Submit the form on our website to get started. And follow us on UNCF social media channels to receive notifications about our scholarships and member HBCUs. Reach out today!