How to Become a Veterinary Meat Inspector

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Inspect meat processing plants and slaughter houses as a veterinary meat inspector. Look for evidence of disease before and after meat is processed and assist in preventing disease or substandard meat from entering the nation's food supply. Join public health professionals across the nation by looking for jobs as a veterinary meat inspector.

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Things you need

  • License to practice veterinary medicine
  • Experience in the field
  • Accreditation by the Department of Agriculture

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    Be interested in the food production side of the animal sciences and preventing disease from entering the nation's food supply.

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    Work with animals in paid or unpaid positions to increase your chances of being admitted to Veterinary School. Be a biology, animal science or pre-vet major in college and include coursework in food science. Obtain at least a "B" average and apply to veterinary school at an accredited educational institution. Take the Medical College Admission Test, Veterinary Aptitude Test and the Graduate Record Examination. Have the results sent to the veterinary program to which you are applying.

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    Finish the four year course of study required to obtain a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Be awarded your DVM or its equivalent by an accredited college or university. Become licensed to practice veterinary medicine in your state

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    Seek out internships, fellowships or employment opportunities that will provide experience in a veterinary lab, disease research or general veterinary practice. Look for experience in food production and disease testing to tailor your qualifications to finding veterinary meat inspector jobs. Gain one year of experience in the field before applying for veterinary meat inspector jobs.

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    Stay in good physical condition and apply for accreditation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture which requires vets to be able to move and position animals. Attend all orientation programs on health laws, interstate transportation, disease eradication and control programs mandated by your state. Review and be able to perform the list of veterinary duties listed in Title 9 Part 161 of the Code of Federal Regulations to be accredited and improve your chances of finding public health veterinary jobs.

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    Explore jobs with state and federal agencies responsible for performing livestock inspections. Utilize your veterinary school's placement office to find openings in state and federal agencies across the country.

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    Consider specializing in milk product inspections or poultry inspections. Be on the front line of controlling and researching disease in the nation's food supply by finding jobs in the public health sector of veterinary medicine.

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