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Veterinary Medicine

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Veterinary Medicine will teach you how to provide quality health and life of all kinds of animals. You will be using problem-solving skills and in-depth knowledge of biological, physical and social science to diagnose and prevent animal diseases and help to maintain the quality of the environment.

Veterinarians collaborate with physicians and public health agencies to prevent and control diseases transmitted from animals to people.

Pathway

It takes 5 to 6 years to complete a degree in veterinary medicicne. The course leads students from day one through a clinically integrated programme covering the entire common domestic, wildlife and exotic species.Consistent with the government regulations and philosophy, the education process is more hands-on, bringing student into contact with animals and clinical case scenarios from the very beginning of course.

Subject Focus

SPM

  • Bahasa Melayu
  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • General Studies
  • MUET

University Level

  • Veterinary & Avian Pathology
  • Various levels and types of diagnostics
  • Pathophysiology
  • Haematology
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Special Topics in Veterinary Microbiology & Parasitology
  • Methods in Veterinary Virology and Bacteriology
  • Animal Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety
  • Zoonotic Diseases
  • Special Topics in Veterinary, Avain, and Clinical Pathology
  • Special Topics in Veterinary Parasitology, Bacteriology, Virology, Biology, Immunology
Personality Type

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

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Holland Vocational Code: SIR (Social, Investigative, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

The blossoming career prospect for graduates in this field is not just narrowed down to be veterinarians or researchers but also being a part of a team of entrepreneurs in the field of agro-livestock, pertaining to production division in various livestock commodities or in the field of animal medicine. Likewise, they could also be a:

  • Self-employed veterinarian
  • Veterinary/ Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Surgeon
  • Employed in Forensic Science
  • Veterinary Surgeon, Scientist or Pathologist
  • Livestock Inspector, Livestock Veterinarian or Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
  • Marine Biologist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Zoological / Wildlife Veterinarian
Salary

Collated data from Payscale shows that vets receive an annual salary range of RM14,000 to RM100,000 while the yearly bonus can go up to RM8,000. Below are the salary range for veterinary practitioners:

Entry Level: RM 3,000 to RM 4,500

Professional: RM 6,000 to RM 8,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia: Most veterinarians in Malaysia work in either private or government practice. They also specialise in a particular breed of animal, like equine medicine or exotics or in a medical field like ophthalmology, oncology, pathology or dermatology.Malaysia’s agriculture and food industry plays a major role in line with the country’s Economic Transformation Programme. Livestock specialists will be needed for Sabah’s dairy industry which is expanding rapidly and is now capable of producing 10 million litres of milk a year. And it has become a major milk producer for the state’s school milk and Malaysia’s milk industry.

Overseas: There are many opportunities available for veterinarians and veterinary students who wants to venture abroad. Organizations like World Vets and International Veterinary Association are a part of a worldwide community of veterinarians dedicated to assist challenges in regards to wildlife.

The United States has several well established NGO’s protecting wildlife in certain states. These organizations are in need for more volunteers and expertise to counter the wildlife preservation among soon-to-be endangered species.

Useful Links

University Putra Malaysia

Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar / Department of Veterinary Services

Malaysian Veterinary Council

Veterinary Association Malaysia

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