Veterinarian

saving lives one paw at a time

Task

  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
  • Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds
  • Train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals.
  • Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths
  • Working Conditions

    rians - Work Environment

    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.


    Veterinarians who work with food animals or horses spend time driving between their offices and farms or ranches. They work outdoors in all kinds of weather and may have to treat animals or perform surgery, often under unsanitary conditions.


    Veterinarians working in nonclinical areas, such as public health and research, work in clean, well-lit offices or laboratories and have working conditions similar to those of other professionals who work in these environments. Veterinarians in nonclinical areas spend much of their time dealing with people rather than animals.


    Veterinarians often work long hours. Those in group practices may take turns being on call for evening, night or weekend work; solo practitioners may work extended hours (including weekend hours), responding to emergencies or squeezing in unexpected appointments.