Becoming a Veterinarian
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Becoming a Veterinarian

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Also known as Veterinary Surgeon.
Diagnoses, treats and prevents animal diseases, ailments and injuries. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time - No data available -
Average pay $82,246
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 3,400

What does a Veterinarian do?

  • treating animals medically and surgically, and administering and prescribing drugs, analgesics, and general and local anaesthetics
  • determining the presence and nature of abnormal conditions by physical examination, laboratory testing and through diagnostic imaging techniques including radiography and ultrasound
  • performing surgery, dressing wounds and setting broken bones
  • rendering obstetric services to animals
  • participating in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases
  • inoculating animals against, and testing for, infectious diseases and notifying authorities of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases
  • performing autopsies to determine cause of death
  • advising clients on health, nutrition and feeding, hygiene, breeding and care of animals
  • may provide professional services to commercial firms producing biological and pharmaceutical products


  • Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Veterinary Pathologist

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