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Information technology is a rapidly growing
part of today's society. It affects everyone's life in many aspects.
Every human endeavor is influenced by information technology and the increasing
rate at which what it can perform includes. One area of human endeavor
that information technology has greatly influenced is the practice of medicine,
specifically veterinary medicine. Not only has veterinary medicine
been influenced by information technology, it has also been enhanced by
it. The degree to which the practice of veterinary medicine includes
information technology is observable at the Animal Emergency Clinic of
Central New York on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, New York.
Section I: veterinary medicine.
Doctors of veterinary medicine are the
people who engage in the human endeavor of practicing veterinary medicine.
The activities that are included in this endeavor are the prevention, diagnosis
and treatment of animal diseases. The best way to handle a disease
is to prevent acquiring it altogether. To accomplish this animals
are given the available vaccinations for the most likely diseases they
would get according to what type of animal they are and where they live.
Unfortunately not every disease has a vaccination and not every animal
has the opportunity to receive the available vaccinations. When an
animal gets sick it is the duty of the veterinarian to determine the cause
of the sickness and the best possible course of treatment for it.
Veterinarians have many other responsibilities as well. These range
from, but are not limited to, treating wounded animals and spaying or neutering
them to preventing the spread of diseases from animals to humans through
The first school of veterinary medicine
was in France. It opened in 1761. Veterinary medicine schools
started to open in the United States of America during the civil war.
To become a doctor of veterinary medicine,
DVM, one must complete veterinary school. To get accepted into a
school of veterinary medicine, a student has to meet the requirements of
that particular vet school. Most of the requirements can be satisfied
through undergraduate course work. The hard part is to have done a better
job at meeting these requirements than the competition has.
As an undergraduate, the student
must demonstrate not only academic excellence and dedication to service
and helping others, but also a vast repertoire of experience in the field.
To prove that he/she is truly dedicated to the service of others, community
service must be done and documented. Working, volunteering
and interning are all acceptable ways to gain experience in the field of
veterinary medicine. The reason behind schools requiring experience
is to ensure that the student knows what they are getting into before they
spend thousands of dollars (approx. $20,000/yr.) and at least four
years of their life in an extremely intensive academic environment.
Many people have an altered idea of what being a vet is about. A
lot of physical and emotion endurance is necessary to be a successful veterinarian.
Many people are unaware of that.
The specific undergraduate course requirements
to get into a school of veterinary medicine vary between the schools.
All of them are science intensive. Most require a well-rounded education.
The University of California at Davis school of veterinary medicine requires
one year of general biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of
organic chemistry, and one year of physics as far as lower division requirements.
Upper division requirements include a semester of biochemistry, a semester
of systemic physiology, a semester of vertebrate embryology, and a semester
of genetics. On top of that they want their applicants to have taken
courses in English composition, humanities, social sciences as well as
statistics. Simply taking these courses is not enough, they need
to be completed with a GPA above a 2.5. However, the competition
has an average GPA of 3.45. The GRE must also be taken and a competitive
score must be achieved for consideration. Tuskegee University requires
two semesters of English, two of math, two of chemistry (Enough to include
organic. Which really means four), two of physics, three of biology,
two of animal science, one of animal nutrition, and then courses in humanities,
social sciences and electives. They add that grades less than a c
are not acceptable.
Once a student has meet all of the undergraduate
requirements and has been accepted into a school of veterinary medicine
he/she still has the hard part to look forward too. It has been said
many times that vet. School is harder than med. School. The course
work is extremely intensive and demanding. Not everybody makes it
through. Nobody becomes a vet. for the money because what one must
go through to become and be a vet. is
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