Top 10 Books for Kids Wanting to Be a Vet
Becoming a Veterinarian: Top Ten Books for Kids
Here are ten books that I believe provide great information for kids of all ages who are expressing an early interest in working with animals.
I found it very difficult as a young boy to find meaningful information on this fascinating career choice. Back then, the only options readily available to me were the local library bookshelves or the scant resources held in my school library. The choice of reading matter on the subject of veterinary careers available at that time was very, very limited.
Today, there are so many more resources available, and hopefully, this selection will fill that void and provide great insight into this wonderfully worthwhile activity. I hope that you enjoy my article. I believe that the child in your life will find encouragement and inspiration from these books.
What Is It That Vets Do?
Vets are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of animals that are sick or injured as well as the prevention of disease. They also provide advice on animal welfare and hygiene. Veterinary surgeons will perform surgery and dentistry and when necessary, euthanise animals. It is a very challenging and responsible occupation—in addition to experiencing the joy of working with animals, you will need to be able to cope with the emotional impact of seeing animals in difficult and upsetting situations and be able to deal sensitively with animal owners who are often distraught at seeing their pets suffer.
If you are someone who has commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals, then this may be the career for you.
A normal day in the life of a vet will include:
- Meet pet owners and build a good rapport with them, listening to their concerns about their animals.
- Perform general procedures, surgery and dentistry.
- Carry out routine and regular health checks on pets.
- Evaluate and treat animals brought in to your practice.
- Test for and vaccinate against diseases.
- Treat and dress wounds.
- Prescribe animal medication.
- Euthanize animals.
A List of My Top Books for Prospective Vets
I Want To Be A Veterinarian
The Ivy Press
Vicky The Vet
Usborne Publishing Ltd
F. Brooks / Jo Litchfield
I Want To Be A Vet
Getting Into Vet School
A Day In The Life Of A Veterinarian
Career As A Veterinarian
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
How To Be A Vet
MacMillan Children Books
I Want to Be a Veterinarian: Kids Ages 8 and Above
Ideal for kids who love animals, this book explores the many interesting facets of a veterinary career. Exciting full-color photographs complement intriguing facts about the many different kinds of vets, how veterinary science began, and its future.
A Harcourt paperback publication written by Stephanie Maze.
Stephanie Maze is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in many magazines, including National Geographic, Newsweek, and Time.
Ideally suited for the older child. This book provides a comprehensive look into the role of the veterinary technician. The reader is informed via a series of stories from people who have performed this vital, yet sometimes overlooked career as part of a veterinary practice. In fact, being a vet tech provides many more opportunities to work with animals in areas such as agricultural programmes, zoos and research laboratories.
This marvelous resource also gives insights into pay, the profession's outlook and job conditions.
- Author: Mary Avant
- Published by: 101 Publishing
Vet Academy: Children Ages 5 to 7 Years
Becoming a vet is often something that people feel driven to be. It is something of a vocation and something that many people aspire to from a very young age.
Vet Academy is a wonderful book that will capture the interest of most young children. This activity book examines three categories of the veterinary profession—pet vet, zoo vet and farm vet. A great mix of learning and games that will be sure to engage and enthuse the budding young vet in your life and perhaps foster continued interest in the life of a veterinarian enough to entice them to vet school when they are little older.
- Author: Steve Martin
- Publisher: The Ivy Press
What Types of Animals Do Vets Treat?
The majority of veterinarians actually treat small, domestic animals such as pet dogs, pet cats, along with some of the slightly more exotic pets such as reptiles, birds and rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. Not altogether surprising really as the majority of people live in towns and cities where space for larger animals is limited.
It is said that about 20 percent of vets work with larger animals such as horses, cattle, pigs and sheep. Whilst an even smaller percentage of vets will specialise in the more exotic wild animals that you might find in a zoo for example. As a vet, you will need to be comfortable handling a wide variety of creatures.
All future vets must go through a veterinary college. This is a 4-year course. Competition for places is very high and any candidate must attain high grades in order to pass entry criteria.
What Can a Vet Expect to Earn?
This can vary quite extensively, being largely dependent on the hours you put into it and the nature of animals that you care for. Don't forget that you may need to work long or unsociable hours—it is certainly not a 9 to 5 job. As you become more experienced as a veterinarian, build a robust client base, and broaden your knowledge, you would expect to earn more.
Veterinarian Pay Rates (United Kingdom)
- Starting salary approximately £30,000 p.a
- Working in a small animal practice £42,000 to £48,000 p.a
- Senior Vet circa £73,000 p.a
Vet Pay Rates (United States of America)
Recent figures for vets earnings suggest that newly qualified vets might expect to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 per year. With more experienced vets earning between $60,000 and $100,000 per year.
Anyone wishing for a career as a vet must study a variety of subjects ideally: biology, chemistry, physics, animal science, mathematics and English. As well as having worked in animal hospitals and smelters during their time in college.
I Want to Be a Vet
A great way to spark a young child's interest in being a vet, this book provides an opportunity to actively engage with your child on the subject. It provides young children an insight into the working day of adults. This is important as it is very easy for anyone who has aspirations to be a vet, especially at a young age, to assume that being a vet is just a day full of cuddly animals. This book has easy-to-read captions and colour photographs, a wonderful way to help children understand what's involved caring for animals. Helps young readers learn to respect the importance of doing a job well.
- Author: Dan Liebman
- Publisher: Firefly
Getting Into Vet School
Becoming a veterinarian requires great determination. In the UK there are a limited number of vet schools and competition for entry can be tough. The days when it was simply enough to achieve good A level grades are over. To be successful in securing your place at vet school requires the candidate to make themselves stand out from the crowd. With its advice on how to prepare yourself through work experience and its help on getting through the vet school entry process, this book is an invaluable resource that will be sure to increased your prospects of entry.
Written by James Barton, the Director of Studies and Extra-mural Development and a careers adviser at Mander Portman Woodward's London college. This book provides invaluable information in the form of case studies from students and advice from course admission tutors.
Published by Trotman Education
Have you ever considered being a vet?
Vicky the Vet
Gives young readers the opportunity to follow Vicky through a day in the life of a Vet. A great way to an insight into what it is that a vet really does.
Your child will want to read this book again and again.
- Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
- Author: F. Brooks
- Illustrator: Jo Litchfield
Veterinary Qualification: United Kingdom
In the UK, you will need to have a degree in Veterinary Science/Medicine and registration as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RVCS) in order to practice as a vet.
Eight UK institutions currently offer this qualification:
- Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- University of Liverpool
- University of Nottingham
- University of Surrey
Time for a Little Veterinary Humor
A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian: Kids Ages 6 to 9 years
A simple-top-read book from the First Fact series of books. An ideal read for the young reader as it provides a real sense of what is involved in a typical day in the life a veterinarian. A lovely book with which a parent can help to support their child's interest in what it is that a vet does.
Each page has a clock which shows the passage of time through the day in the life of a vet.
- Publisher: Capstone
- Author: Heather Adamson
Those wishing to be a vet must have attained a bachelor's degree. This is a 4-year course.
Career as a Veterinarian: Children Ages 8 to 12 Years
This paperback book, written by Brian Rogers, takes your child into the day to day life of a veterinarian. It is written from an American viewpoint but still provides great information and learning on Vets what it is that they do, the training that is required, what the future holds, and how you can become a vet.
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
- Author: Brian Rogers
How to Be a Vet
Do you feel comfortable around animals? Well being a vet isn't just about cuddling cute pets—this book tells it how it is! The book is packed with facts and a real-life account of 'a day in the life of a vet', it will teach your child everything they need to know about working with animals. A well-designed book with full-colour artwork and photographs from the Royal Veterinary College, giving a true sense of what it's like to train as a vet.
- Publisher: MacMillan Children Books
- Author: Amanda Li
As well as having a love for animals, a vet also needs to have good people skills.
An interesting video detailing the activities of a weeks summer program where a group of children are taken through their paces living the life of a veterinarian. Warning: No teddies where harmed in the making of this video!
Vet Camp for Kids
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