Tiegan Huntley

Work Enviroment

Veterinarians work in different places. Some visit farms to take care of large animals, while others are inside a clinic working with smaller animals.

Working with larger animals can be risky. You need to be careful because you could get kicked or injured in many other ways. You have to be outside in all different types of weather.

Smaller animals are not as dangerous. You could get bit or scratched, but that would not be a serious injury. All veterinarians have long work weeks.

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The average starting salary for a veterinarian is $45,575 a year.

After five to ten years, the salary is $72,000 a year.

The best paid veterinarians earn $149,530 and the lowest have earned $53,270.

Skills Needed

Passion for animals

Business skills

Interpersonal skills

Academic competencies

Time management


Quick decision making skills

Job Prospects

It is easier to get a job as a small animal vet. If you want to specialize as a large animal vet, then it is a little harder to get a job.

Jobs are available throughout the United States.

Job Duties

Pros of Being a Veterinarian

Being outdoors

Helping people

High salary

Interacting with animals

Can prevent diseases in animals

Cons of Being a Veterinarian

Expensive schooling

Have to be outdoors when it is really cold

Dealing with pet owners


Unpredictable animals


Schooling at a university can take eight years to become a veterinarian. You need a Bachelor's degree and a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree. You can get training at Iowa State University, Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, Colorado State University, and many other colleges.

Courses needed in high school are all the mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics that are available at your school. It is best to have a GPA of 3.5 or more, most of veterinarian schools will look at your past three to four semesters closely.