How much, typically, does a veterinarian make annually?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics the median annual wage for veterinarians is around $82,040. This means that 50% of those in the occupation are earning more than that amount and 50% are earning less. The average annual wage for veterinarians in the federal government is $88,340.

Private specialty starting annual salaries:

Food animal exclusive- $71,096
Companion animal exclusive- $69,789
Companion animal predominant- $69,654
Food animal predominant- $67,338
Mixed animal- $62,655
Equine- $43,405

Employment is expected to grow by 36% through 2020.

There are currently 28 colleges with accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs. Science, math, humanities, and social science courses are generally required before applying. Most programs include 3 years of classroom, laboratory, and clinical work. The final year of the 4-year program is usually spent doing clinical rotations in a veterinary hospital or medical center.