Becoming A Small Animal Veterinarian

Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a partner with the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois. As a veterinarian with more than 25 years of experience, Joel Todd Leroy Prince is board certified in small animal practice.

Small animal veterinarians must complete an accredited DVM program before completing additional work to become licensed to handle cats, dogs, exotic animals, and other companion pets like birds. According to studies conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), about three quarters of licensed veterinarians work in a private practice, with many choosing to focus on small animals and pets. While vets must graduate from a DVM program and then pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) before becoming eligible to practice on small animals, most vets make the decision because they want to work on pets rather animals that serve other purposes. Accordingly, many small animal veterinarians will also treat larger companion animals such as horses or large canines.