Aquatic veterinarians are practitioners that specialize in the health management of marine animals. An aquatic veterinarian is a licensed animal health professional who is qualified to diagnose and treat a wide variety of marine species which can include fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, and other wildlife.
Duties and Tasks
General duties include conducting basic exams and evaluations, giving routine vaccinations, taking samples of blood or other bodily fluids, recommending and distributing prescription medications, observing and evaluating behavior, suturing wounds, performing surgical procedures when necessary, conducting follow up exams after treatment, taking x-rays or sonograms, and supervising veterinary technicians or other support staff.
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Earnings can vary from $49,910 for the lowest ten percent of all veterinary practitioners to more than $145,230 for the top ten percent of all veterinary practitioners. So if you're better at your job and have more experience the likelihood of you having a higher salary is high.
Education and Skill Requirements
Education: Aquatic Veterinarians are all required to graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) from an accredited program. After completing their studies, veterinarians must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam to become licensed to practice veterinary medicine.
Skills: Many aquatic vets need a scuba certification and strong swimming skills that allow them to observe and assist animals in their habitats. (Nothing else is really listed)
Vets can also pursue board certification, which involves several additional years of practical training and testing under the supervision of top professionals in a specialty field. After completing the requisite experience, the candidate must pass a comprehensive examination to achieve diplomate status in the specialty field. A zoological medicine specialty is currently recognized, which includes an aquatic certificate option. A fish pathology certification program is also available through the American Fisheries Association
There isn't really much physical activity involved other than if you are required to get in the water and swim with the animal. There is minimal involved during surgery.
Typically working conditions are inside in a room where they perform surgeries. It is possible to do check ups and such if needed. Most aquatic veterinarians work at least six days a week on call.
This job would be really good for anyone who is patient, collect, and whomever loves animals.
1) University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is one college that has an aquatic field
2) University of California
3) University of North Carolina
these are a select few veterinary colleges.
Current Career Trends
At the end of 2012 there were at least 97,111 people practicing for this job. Previous to this approximately 2,500 passed the exam for certification. So there doesn't seem to be many but there is enough.
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