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Veterinary Clinical Services

256 Master's Degrees Annually
110 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#194 in Popularity (Master's)
$105,240 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Veterinary Clinical Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many veterinary biomedical and clinical services graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 256
Doctor’s Degree 110
Graduate Certificate 89

What Veterinary Clinical Services Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to veterinary clinical services were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Veterinary Clinical Services Majors

Veterinary Clinical Services majors often go into careers in which the following 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 Veterinary Clinical Services Majors

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

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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 Veterinary Clinical Services Majors

As you progress with your veterinary clinical services degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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 Veterinary Clinical Services Major?

People with a veterinary clinical services degree often go into the following careers:

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

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinical Services?

256 Master's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 78% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Veterinary Clinical Services Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 13
White 158
International Students 37
Other Races/Ethnicities 24

Geographic Diversity

Veterinary Clinical Services appeals to people across the globe. About 14.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Brazil

How Much Do Veterinary Clinical Services Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of veterinary biomedical and clinical services students with a master’s degree is $57,750 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $55,825 (25th percentile) and $59,675 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a veterinary clinical services degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $105,240 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to veterinary clinical services. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 clinical services require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

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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 Veterinary Clinical Services Programs

In 2018-2019, 45 schools offered a veterinary clinical services program of some type. 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) 3 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 4 0
Bachelor’s Degree 6 0
Post-Baccalaureate 3 0
Master’s Degree 46 4
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 32 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Veterinary Clinical Services Worth It?

The median salary for a veterinary clinical services 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 clinical services.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 63,380
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 23,124
Medicine 19,720
Public Health 18,212
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 16,970
Health & Medical Administrative Services 14,633
Mental & Social Health Services 14,322
Allied Health Professions 11,260
Communication Sciences 9,970
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Alternative Medicine & Systems 2,714
Chiropractic 2,608
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 2,301
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,654
Health Sciences & Services 1,526
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,418
Other Health Professions 1,292
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1,117
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 842
Medical Science 809
Podiatry 579
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 553
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 475
Alternative Medical Support Services 129
Dental Support Services 83
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 79
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 34
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 19
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 3
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 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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