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$105,240 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Veterinary Physiology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many veterinary physiology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 1

What Veterinary Physiology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to veterinary physiology 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 Veterinary Physiology Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in veterinary physiology should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Veterinary Physiology Majors

A major in veterinary physiology prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for Veterinary Physiology Majors

As a veterinary physiology major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Veterinary Physiology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with veterinary physiology:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Veterinarians 18.8% $93,830

How Much Do Veterinary Physiology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to veterinary physiology is $105,240. This median refers to 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 careers associated with veterinary physiology require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to veterinary physiology have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
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. 23.5%
Doctoral Degree 75.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.4%

Online Veterinary Physiology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 schools offered some type of veterinary physiology 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Veterinary Physiology Worth It?

The median salary for a veterinary physiology 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 veterinary physiology.

Major Number of Grads
General Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences 607
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
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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