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What They Do

A Veterinarian is a person who cares for the health of animals and works to improve public health. Veterinarians have many duties such as prescribing medication, test for diseases, examine animals to diagnose their health problems, and operate medical equipment, such as x-ray machines. They also have specialties, such as giving animals surgery and they have to euthanize some of the animals.

Work Environment

Many Veterinarians work in many different places. Some of these places include private clinics, hospitals, laboratories, and some even travel to different places such as farms. Being a vet puts you in a dangerous place. Sometimes, vets have to perform surgery in rough weather or in unsanitary conditions. Some of the animals try to bite, kick, or scratch the vet.

Work Schedule

The most common hours a vet works are 8 to 10 hours per day and 40 hours per week. Besides holidays and some weekends, Veterinarians work year round.

How To Become One

To become a veterinarian, you must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. Although it is not required, most applicants get their bachelors degree. Veterinary medical colleges typically require applicants to have taken many science classes, including biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, zoology, microbiology, and animal science. Most programs also require applicants to have taken math, humanities, and social science courses.


Veterinarians make about 44 dollars an hour and about 93,000 dollars yearly.

Job Outlook

The annual growth for veterinary is 3.5%. The annual decline is 1.5%. Some new veterinary technology is Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasounds, and Amplatz Canine Ductile ocluder. It costs $290 for an Eye Enucleation. The demographic is mostly males.

Similar Occupations

Animal Breeder ($1900-$4400)

Animal Trainer ($minimum wage-$3000)

Veterinary Pathologist ($1900-$6000)


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