Earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) prepares individuals for careers providing medical care to animals as veterinarians. Graduates of these programs will work in veterinary clinics and rehabilitation facilities for pets, as well as farm and zoo animals. Through courses focused on topics such as pharmacology, gross anatomy and animal behavior, as well as clinical internships, students learn how to observe, diagnose and treat animals. These programs typically take four years to complete, with the final year dedicated to clinical rotations. In addition to treating animals, graduates can go on to assume careers in research or education.