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General Veterinary Clinical Sciences

13 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
161 Master's Degrees Annually
#112 in Popularity
$105,240 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Veterinary Clinical Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 188
Master’s Degree 161
Graduate Certificate 85
Undergraduate Certificate 80
Doctor’s Degree 53
Basic Certificate 27
Bachelor’s Degree 13

What General Veterinary Clinical Sciences Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for General Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for General Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences Majors

When studying general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for General Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences Majors

General Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a General Veterinary Clinical Sciences Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Veterinarians 18.8% $93,830

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in General Veterinary Clinical Sciences?

13 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
69% Percent Women
8% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 69% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 12
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do General Veterinary Clinical Sciences Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

General Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $105,240 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 5.8%
Master’s Degree 16.7%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 12.6%
Doctoral Degree 51.8%
Post-Doctoral Training 9.7%

Online General Veterinary Clinical Sciences Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 schools offered some type of general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 4 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 20 2
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 15 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Veterinary Clinical Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences grad is $105,240 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 164% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,306,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to general veterinary sciences/veterinary clinical sciences.

Major Number of Grads
Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology 60
Veterinary Infectious Diseases 31
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine 31
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology 26
Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health 15
Small/Companion Animal Surgery and Medicine 11
Veterinary Physiology 1
Large Animal/Food Animal and Equine Surgery and Medicine 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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