Most veterinary school degrees last 4 years. To gain entrance to a veterinary school, a student must first have a 4-year bachelor's degree.
Veterinary school is usually divided into two parts, studying animal science and putting the knowledge into practice on a rotation, so that students receive both practical knowledge and hands-on experience. Veterinary schools are fairly competitive, so students must maintain a high grade point average even in their undergraduate courses to gain admission. They also must take certain science courses, such as biology and organic chemistry. According to the Bureau Labor of Statistics, the median pay for veterinarians in the United States was about $40.61 per hour in 2012, equal to $84,460 per year.