Also known as:
Animal Pathologist, Animal Surgeon, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Equine Veterinarian, Large Animal Veterinarian, Poultry Pathologist, Public Health Veterinarian, Small Animal Veterinarian, Veterinary Medicine Scientist
Veterinarians are doctors who diagnose and treat illnesses in animals and protect the public from animal diseases. Most vets are in private practice and treat small pets, like dogs, cats and birds. Other vets treat large animals like horses, cows and pigs. Some veterinarians care for zoo, aquarium o ...
r laboratory animals.
Veterinarians also work for government agencies as veterinary inspectors. These specialists use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals. Some inspectors work in meat processing plants and slaughterhouses to ensure that animal carcasses are disease free and that the plants follow proper sanitary regulations. Many vets work out of animal hospitals and clinics and often travel to farms and stables to treat large animals or to inspect herds.
Vets put in long hours and are often on call in the evenings and on the weekends. They run the risk of being bitten, kicked or scratched by a frightened animal.
If you're thinking about becoming a vet, you must graduate from an accredited four-year veterinary school. Admission is highly competitive. All vets must be licensed in order to practice. The earnings potential for this job is high. Although animals can't say "thank you," veterinarians know that their patients appreciate their care.
Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses.
Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths.
Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper.
Train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals.
Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options.
Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds.
Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Analyzing Data or Information
Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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