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Top 10 Books for Kids Wanting to Be a Vet

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Ben has a life-long fascination with animals. Whether they crawl, run, fly, swim or slither, his interest in them never ceases.

Becoming a Veterinarian: Top Ten Books for Kids

Here are ten books that I believe provide great information for kids of all ages who express an early interest in working with animals.

I found it very difficult to find meaningful information on this exciting career choice as a young boy. 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.

A puppy receiving treatment from a vet. The stereotypical image we all have as being the normal daily activity at a veterinary practice.

A puppy receiving treatment from a vet. The stereotypical image we all have as being the normal daily activity at a veterinary practice.

What Is It That Vets Do?

Vets are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of sick or injured animals and the prevention of disease. They also provide advice on animal welfare and hygiene. Veterinary surgeons will perform surgery and dentistry and euthanize animals when necessary. 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 deal sensitively with animal owners who are often distraught at seeing their pets suffer.

If you have a commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals, then this may be the career for you.

A typical 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 into 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

Book TitlePublisherAuthor/Illustrator

I Want To Be A Veterinarian


Stephanie Maze

Veterinary Techs

101 Publishing

Mary Avant

Vet Academy

The Ivy Press

Steve Martin

Vicky The Vet

Usborne Publishing Ltd

F. Brooks / Jo Litchfield

I Want To Be A Vet

Firefly Publishing

Dan Liebman

Getting Into Vet School

Trotman Education

James Barton

A Day In The Life Of A Veterinarian


Heather Adamson

Career As A Veterinarian

CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Brian Rogers

How To Be A Vet

MacMillan Children Books

Amanda Li

I Want to Be a Veterinarian: Kids Ages 8 and Above

Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technicians perform an integral role within a veterinary practice. They work alongside vets, conducting medical tests, treating injuries and illnesses on animals of all types.

A book 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. Being a vet tech provides many more opportunities to work with animals in agricultural programs, zoos, and research laboratories.

This excellent resource also gives insights into pay, the profession's outlook, and job conditions.

  • Author: Mary Avant
  • Published by: 101 Publishing
Vet technicians perform a vital job of caring for our animals.

Vet technicians perform a vital job of caring for our animals.

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.

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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. With its great mix of learning and games, this book 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 a little older.

  • Author: Steve Martin
  • Publisher: The Ivy Press
For many vets, the treatment and care of small animals is routine.

For many vets, the treatment and care of small animals is routine.

What Types of Animals Do Vets Treat?

The majority of veterinarians 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. This is not altogether surprising as most people live in towns and cities where the room to house larger animals is limited.

About 20 percent of vets work with larger animals such as horses, cattle, pigs, and sheep. An even smaller percentage of vets will specialize in the more exotic wild animals you might find in a zoo. As a vet, you will need to be comfortable handling a wide variety of creatures.

Vet Fact

All future vets must go through a veterinary college. Competition for this four-year course is very high, and any candidate must attain high grades to pass the entry criteria.

What Can a Vet Expect to Earn?

Earnings can vary quite extensively, being largely dependent on the hours you put into it and the type of animals under your care. 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 should expect to earn more.

Veterinarian Pay Rates (United Kingdom)

  • Starting salary of approximately £30,500 p.a
  • Working in a small animal practice £42,000 to £70,000 p.a
  • Senior Vet circa £92,500 p.a

Vet Pay Rates (United States of America)

Recent figures for vets earnings suggest that newly qualified vets might expect to earn between $65,000 and $70,000 per year. The more experienced vet generates incomes of between $71,000 and $110,000 per year.

Vet Fact

Anyone wishing for a career as a vet must study various subjects ideally: biology, chemistry, physics, animal science, mathematics, and English. Practical experience working in animal hospitals and shelters during college is also required.

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 engage with your child on the subject actively. It offers young children an insight into the working day of adults. This insight is crucial as it is all too 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 color photographs, an excellent way to help children understand what's involved in caring for animals. It helps young readers learn to respect the importance of doing a job well.

  • Author: Dan Liebman
  • Publisher: Firefly

Getting Into Vet School

Vicky the Vet

A book that allows its young reader to follow Vicky through a day in the life of a Vet. It is a great way to gain insight into what a vet does.

Your child will want to read this book again and again.

  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Author: F. Brooks
  • Illustrator: Jo Litchfield
Jobs people do - a Vet

Jobs people do - a Vet

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:

  1. Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London
  2. University of Bristol
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. University of Edinburgh
  5. University of Glasgow
  6. University of Liverpool
  7. University of Nottingham
  8. 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-to-read book from the First Fact series of books. It is an ideal read for the young reader as it provides a real sense of what is involved in a typical day in a veterinarian's life. It is a lovely book with which a parent can help support their child's interest in what a vet does.

Each page has a clock that shows the passage of time through the day in a vet's life.

  • Publisher: Capstone
  • Author: Heather Adamson

Vet Fact

Those wishing to be a vet must have attained a bachelor's degree. This degree takes four years to complete.

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. This book is written from an American viewpoint and provides insightful information and learning on what Vets do, the required training, what the future holds, and how you can become a vet.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
  • Author: Brian Rogers
How to be a Vet

How to be a Vet

How to Be a Vet

Do you feel comfortable around animals? It is essential to understand that being a vet isn't just about cuddling cute pets—this book tells it how it is! The book, packed with facts and a real-life account of a day in the life of a vet, will teach your child everything they need to know about working with animals. A well-designed book with full-color artwork and photographs from the Royal Veterinary College, giving a real sense of what it's like to train as a vet.

  • Publisher: MacMillan Children Books
  • Author: Amanda Li

Vet Fact

As well as having a love for animals, a vet also needs to have good people skills.

7-Year-Old Vets

A video detailing the activities of a week's summer program where a group of children are taken through their paces while living a veterinarian's life. Warning: No teddies were harmed in the making of this video!

Vet Camp for Kids

© 2012 Ben Reed


Chloe on May 07, 2020:

Hi me to I love animals

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 14, 2019:

Thank you for your comment. I hope that should you still wish to be a vet as you get older, that you achieve your ambition. It is a very worthwhile career choice.

Amy on January 13, 2019:

I really would love to be a vet and I am also in the middle of school. I am now 11, but I like being around animals and helping them out

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on February 23, 2018:

A love of animals is certainly a good start when considering a career as a vet. I wish you well in achieving your ambitions.

WillowTheBunny on February 22, 2018:

Honestly, I would love to be a vet. I am still in middle school but I have been dreaming to be a vet since I was 10. I am 12 now and I can handle the blood, gore, and surgeries for the animals, and I love, love animals.

GalaxyRat on May 24, 2017:

That's what I'm going to be: a vet. Awesome career path, I'll be able to be with animals a lot, be able to help them, and be paid for it- sweet!

I'm going to do exotic and small animal... LOL.

Humphrey on January 24, 2016:

Lol I don't know how

Delia on January 13, 2014:

At one time I wanted to be a Vet, but when I saw animals suffering and crying it was too much for me..20 years later I started to breed Arabian Horses, and what did I have to do? a lot of things Vets did...I had to, it was too costly to have a Vet out for every little thing,,,you learn fast.

Charlotte Realtor on January 07, 2014:

This was my childhood dream job - I had no idea that 20% of vets were large animal vets! I would have had to have gone that route - I couldn't have taken them home like the small domestic 'patients!' Great lens!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 02, 2014:

@RoadMonkey: Thank you.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 02, 2014:

@Baddew Fibes: Thank you

RoadMonkey on January 01, 2014:

Lot of good books here for younger readers. Like flycatcher, I LOVED the James Herriott books and watched the TV series of "All creatures Great and Small" too (I see from a quick Google search on Youtube that the TV series was over 30 years ago! It doesn't seem that long.) The books were really, really funny and fantastic page-turners and gave a great idea of a vet's day to day life in a farming practice with some small animal work. Great lens.

Baddew Fibes on December 13, 2013:

Loved the lens and the Muppets video was a big blast from the past too. Thanks!

flycatcherrr on December 12, 2013:

When I was a kid, though not quite as young as the audience for these, I just gobbled up the James Herriott "life od a country vet" books (All Creatures Great and Small, etc) - but the required science courses ended up being my downfall on the road to veterinary medicine. :) There are a lot of books here that are new to me - thanks for the gift suggestions!

kehsiberry on December 11, 2013:

kids love animals, Im sure I had dreamed of becoming a vet when I was still a kid. great lens

loulabelle2 on December 02, 2013:

That was supposed to be articles not arrivals!! Lol

loulabelle2 on December 02, 2013:

Just the thing I'm looking for. A bit of help choosing a few books for Christmas for my animal mad daughter who is 8. Some really good arrivals here that have helped greatly!!!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on November 30, 2013:

@Elsie Hagley: Thank you.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on November 30, 2013:

My kind of job, I love working with animals, I do all I can to look after the animals on our farm, and feel very sad when we loose one.

Very interesting lens.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on November 26, 2013:

@Merrci: Thank you for your visit.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on November 25, 2013:

This is such a great idea for a lens! It's so good to encourage kids toward a career helping animals. Thanks for sharing.

chrisilouwho on November 20, 2013:

This is a great list. I remember wanting to be a vet as a child, I think it's a very popular career aspiration for kids.

GabrielaFargasch on November 16, 2013:

My daughter wants to be a vet! I'm gonna show her this list of cool books! :)

Dawn Romine from Nebraska on October 18, 2013:

Great list of books, the book that inspired me to want to be a vet was the James Herriot books, read them starting in 6th grade, they are still my favorite. Majored in Animal Science, worked at the vet school, but ended up in animal nutrition. In my previous career I actually taught classes at a veterinary school. So I came full circle.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on October 11, 2013:

@Teri802nj: Thank you.

Teri802nj on October 10, 2013:

Lots of great information for kids who want to be a vet.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on October 02, 2013:

@favored: Thank you - very much appreciated.

Fay Favored from USA on October 01, 2013:

Great idea for an article. The vets I know make a lot more then you mentioned. One makes over a million. I guess it depends on where you have your practice and if you specialize. It's a good field.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on September 14, 2013:

@anonymous: I second that thought - thank you.

anonymous on September 14, 2013:

I've always loved animals, and remember as a young kid, I dreamed of being a vet one day. Our local vet allowed me to come in and work part time (as a volunteer). The first animal that came in was an adorable puppy with a broken leg. I cried all the way home and all night, and gave up my dream to become a vet.... just didn't have the heart for it. Much luv to all our vets out there taking care of our furbabies.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on September 14, 2013:

@NatureFan LM: Thank you - very much appreciated.

NatureFan LM on September 13, 2013:

My daughter has wanted to be a Vet since the 3rd grade. She's 20 now and is on her way. This is an amazing resource. I wish I had a lens like this to use when my daughter was younger. Thank you so much.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on September 02, 2013:

@chat2vishakha: Thank you.

chat2vishakha on September 02, 2013:

Very informative post.Thanks for hsaring this information.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 30, 2013:

@KnitnPurlGirl: Thank you.

KnitnPurlGirl on August 29, 2013:

A great, informative lens for kids and parents!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 28, 2013:

@Stephanie36: Thank you.

Stephanie from Canada on August 28, 2013:

Great lens! It's important that we have vets who are well trained and committed to doing their best to help our furry friends. :) I've definitely heard tons about becoming a vet and all the training you still have to do afterwards, too. Not the job for me, but I commend those who do it!

anonymous on August 23, 2013:

maybe you can share how to be a vet? I was clueless about vet school, and it was so hard to get in

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 20, 2013:

@steadytracker lm: Sounds like you may have a potential young vet there.

steadytracker lm on August 20, 2013:

A perfect lens for kids that love animals. My daughter is always trying to help all of the sick and injured animals in the neighborhood. Thank you for sharing this lens

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 19, 2013:

@esmonaco: Thank you so much.

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on August 19, 2013:

Wow!! What a great job.. and Thank You for reading my lenses

drmattshepard on August 11, 2013:

great lens, I can tell you put work into it.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 06, 2013:

@TanoCalvenoa: Sounds quite a contrast in career.

TanoCalvenoa on August 05, 2013:

Good info. My dad said he had really wanted to be a vet, but decided against it when taking the classes and switched to ocean engineering instead. I'm not sure how veterinarian school was harder.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 30, 2013:

@dasdipyaman: Thank you.

dasdipyaman on July 30, 2013:

It will work as a guide book for would be vets

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 29, 2013:

@tfsherman lm: Thank you.

tfsherman lm on July 28, 2013:

It's true, being a vet is a dream job for so many kids. This is a great list, I'll have to check some out for my library, thanks.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 21, 2013:

@Swisstoons: Thank you.

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on July 21, 2013:

Excellent, and quite possibly a consequential, lens....which just could be the spark that ignites the interest of future veterinarians. Gotta be a good feeling.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 12, 2013:

@Doc_Holliday: Absolutely not a pretty sight - but a very well known one for anyone who thinks about being a vet,

Doc_Holliday on July 12, 2013:

When a vet approaches a cow wearing a full arm length glove, you know what is about to happen. Not a pretty sight :-)

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 07, 2013:

@SusanAston: Thank you.

SusanAston on July 07, 2013:

Brilliant idea for a lens. Well done.

SusanAston on July 07, 2013:

Brilliant idea for a lens. Well done.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 07, 2013:

@mcsburlea: I wish your cousin well - it does all good to dream, and with a bit of work it could become a reality.

mcsburlea on July 07, 2013:

my youngest cousin is 11 years old and she is dreaming of becoming a vet, but then again, didn't we all dream this at least once as kids? However, it is true that books about this are a rare thing to find so maybe I can look for one of these. thanks for posting it :)

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 05, 2013:

@Bercton1: Thank you - very much appreciated.

Bercton1 on July 05, 2013:

Inspiring lens and great passion that you display in this lens!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 04, 2013:

@Jemjoseph: Thank you.

Jemjoseph on July 03, 2013:

These books would be very inspiring for kids that love animals.

dakadare on June 30, 2013:

Not a job for me, but an amazing one nevertheless!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 30, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks Tipi - It would be so cool...

anonymous on June 29, 2013:

Its been a while since I passed by and see that you have added some humor with the video....cuteness! I also manage to miss one on the I know its 4 not 5. I sure hope many children will work on those A and B grades to quality to go to school to be a vet, it would be so fun if someone contacted you and let you know that, now, that would be cool! :)

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 28, 2013:

@nifwlseirff: Thank you.

nifwlseirff on June 27, 2013:

I don't think I could be a vet, although i do love animals. Great lens for kids who are working out their future career.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 22, 2013:

@KTPT13: Me too...

KTPT13 on June 22, 2013:

I wanted to be a vet when I was a kid.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 06, 2013:

@happy-birthday: Very much appreciated.

Birthday Wishes from Here on June 05, 2013:

Another wonderful lens... ;-) There are a lot of children that want to become a vet. Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 05, 2013:

@reviewcorner: Thank you.

reviewcorner on June 05, 2013:

My niece wants to be a vet, your selection of books is really interesting.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 29, 2013:

@Peregrina LM: I remember the James Herriot books well - there was quite a good television series of the books also.

Peregrina LM on May 28, 2013:

Nice lens! I used to want to be a vet because my dad read me the James Herriot books when I was little. I think he edited the language somewhat, though. :)

IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on May 19, 2013:

I originally was going to college and taking the steps towards becoming a veterinarian but then sadly life took over and I ended up going down a different path. I have worked for veterinarians though and do have lots of animals now. Wonderful lens!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 16, 2013:

Thank you.

Takkhis on May 16, 2013:

I love this lens! Very cute, I would like to read these :)

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 13, 2013:

@sheilamarie78: Its probably every animal lovers dream to be a vet.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on May 12, 2013:

Being a vet sounds like an ideal job to a kid who loves animals. Thanks for putting together this info for would-be animal doctors.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 11, 2013:

@BarbsSpot: Thank you.

BarbsSpot on May 11, 2013:

@Lensmaster...You've created a great Lens of information for those considering the field of veterinary medicine, and given the rest of us an eye-opener on what it takes to make the grade as a vet!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 10, 2013:

@Erin Mellor: Probably one of the most well known and most feared of all vet procedures - I am with you on this one.

Erin Mellor from Europe on May 10, 2013:

I really wanted to be a vet when I was little, until I watched a vet deliver a calf on TV. There's no way my arm was going there!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on April 30, 2013:

@erfanstreet: Thank you.

erfanstreet on April 30, 2013:

Great Lens. Really enjoyed your lens. Thanks for share Bejeezers. :D


Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on April 28, 2013:

@renewedfaith2day: Thank you for your visit and comments - always appreciated.

renewedfaith2day on April 27, 2013:

I have reached my "like" quota for the day but just know that I really like this lens and will take to heart your recommendations as my child really loves animals.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on April 09, 2013:

@anonymous: It's a great profession to aspire to.

gin001 on April 09, 2013:

Really enjoyed your lens. Thanks for sharing some terrific information.

anonymous on April 08, 2013:

GREAT grandson wants to be a vet...

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on March 31, 2013:

@RetireAt57: Thank you.

RetireAt57 on March 30, 2013:

Nice lens. Good information!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on February 08, 2013:

@BookLoverFrank: Thank you for your visit and comment - very much appreciated.

BookLoverFrank on February 07, 2013:

Fun and encouragement to do something worthwhile at the same time. It doesn't get any better than that. A fine lens.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 21, 2013:

@Jo-Jackson: This is one of the things that brought me to put this lense together - I too had a difficult time trying to find relevant information on vets as a kid.

Jo-Jackson on January 20, 2013:

This is really helpful. I wish this info had been around when I was a kid.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 19, 2013:

@BarbRad: I've always had great respect for vets, they do seem to install a calming, almost respectful air from the pets that visit them - I know my dogs always seem to be on their best behaviour when visiting the vet.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Paso Robles, CA on January 19, 2013:

Great idea for a lens. I'm the type who faints at the sight of blood and does not have a calming influence on animals, so this never would have been the job for me. I get along fine with cats, but I'm nervous around large dogs.

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