Large Animal Vet

What is a large animal vet?

~A large animal vet is someone who specializes in health management of livestock animals ~For example cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and pigs some even work on both big and small animals.


~They conduct health exams, draw blood, give vaccinations, clean wounds and perform surgeries.                                                                                                                       ~Large animal vets tend to work long hours and spend a good chunk of the time on the road traveling to their patients.                                                                                                 ~They are always on call even on weekends and holidays.

Why do I want to be a large animal vet?

~I would like to become a large animal vet because I would have more fun working with cattle rather than dogs.                                                                                             ~Larger animals interest me more and large animal vets are needed. Many people don't want to work with large animals but I do.                                                                    ~Large animal vet only make up 8% of the total vets.


~Starting salary is $44,000, the average can be anywhere from $90,000-$95,000 per year. ~As of 2012, the average annual salaries for all veterinarians were $93,250.                ~Large animal vets get paid $75,190 annually by the colleges and universities.

Why are large animal vets important?

~They are important because they help keep humans protected, by keeping the animals healthy, therefore maintaining the safety of the food supply.                              ~Veterinarians who work with animals that provide us food are not just responsible for the health of the individual animals or herds, they also have to make sure that the food that comes from those animals is safe for people to eat.

College and Training

~You need to have a bachelors degree in science related areas, it can be completed in 4 years.                                                                                                                             ~Also need to have doctor of veterinary medicine, this takes 4 years and is split into 2 year segments.                                                                                                                  ~The first segment consists of classroom instruction and the last 2 are more hands on procedures.                                                                                                                  ~All states require vets to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, its 360 questions that last about 7.5 hours.  

What is a major problem/issue I can help to solve?

~I can help animals get better so then they don't die and that they are healthy for butchering.                                                                                                                      ~There also aren't very many large animal vets, so by becoming one, I'm helping the larger animals.

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