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Description of the Occupation and Duties

Being a Vet is like being a doctor for animals. You can take care of large animals to small animals. Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. Specifically, they care for the health of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. Veterinarians who work with food animals or horses usually travel to farms or ranches to provide veterinary services for herds or individual animals. Most veterinarians diagnose animal health problems, vaccinate against diseases, medicate animals suffering from infections or illnesses, treat and dress wounds, set fractures, perform surgery, and update owners about animal feeding, behavior, and breeding.


Veterinarians in private or clinical practice often work long hours in a noisy indoor environment. Sometimes they have to deal with emotional or demanding pet owners. When working with animals that are frightened or in pain, veterinarians risk being bitten, kicked, or scratched.

How to Become One

First choose a degree program which will provide you a strong grounding in the biological and physical sciences. Maintain a competitive grade-point average, preferably 3.5 or higher. Most veterinary schools examine courses taken in the last 3-4 semesters closely. Volunteer with a veterinarian to gain animal and clinical experience, and appreciation for the veterinary medical field. This might be an opportunity to find out if veterinary medicine is for you. Take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) which is accepted by most veterinary colleges. Check each school’s web page for their target GRE scores.


Vets can make any where from $43,500 per year to $133,150 per year. Their salary depends on their experience and how long they have been Vets


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