Some people talk to animals, but not many people listen.

Tasks of Being a Veterinarin

  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medicaion, setting bones, and dressing wounds
  • Perform surgery on animals.
  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injures.
  • Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds.
  • Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.

Working Conditions

  • long hours
  • a noisy indoor environment
  • veterinarians risk being bitten, kicked, or scratched
  • sometimes will have to deal with emotional or demanding pet owners
  • work in clean, well- lit offices or laboratories

Degree/Certificate/Training Necessary


  • a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M or V.M.D) degree from a 4-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine

Some Classes

  • organic and inorganic chemistry
  • physics

Other Qualifications

  • some courses in english or literature
  • 3 to 4-year residency program is required for a board certification
  • most states require candidates to pass a state jurisprudence examination covering state laws and regulations

Yearly Salary Range

The yearly salary range for California is $56,280 to $176,760.

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