Large Animal Vet
Large animal vets are practitioners that specialize in health management of livestock species such as cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and pigs. Large animal vets are licensed animal health professionals that are trained to diagnose and treat illnesses that affect a variety of livestock species.
Required Skills: The most important skill is passion for animals and a commitment to the health and well-being of animals. Also large animal vets should be familiar with diseases commonly affecting farm animals. In an April 2009 "Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel" article titled “Country Faces Shortage of Large-Animal Veterinarians,” writer Joe Taschler mentions worries over large animal vet shortages and specifically the ability to spot diseases in the country’s food supply. A large animal vet needs to be able to recognize both issues that occur naturally and issues that could be a result of bio-terrorism or agro-terrorism.
Educational Requirements: Veterinarians are required to complete a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program in addition to undergraduate school. These professionals are also required to obtain licensure to practice in the profession.
Bachelor's Degree: students who wish to enter a veterinary program typically obtain bachelor's degrees in science-related areas, like zoology, molecular biology, chemistry, animal science and biochemistry. In some instances, veterinary programs do not require students to hold four-year degrees; however students may experience difficulty gaining admittance into veterinary programs without degrees. Those who have not completed undergraduate school generally need to have completed at least 45-90 semester hours.
Salary: in terms of average starting salary right out of veterinary school, large animal vets begin their career with a mean compensation of $71,096. Then it will increase to $96,140.