Nicholas Pietro Fiorentino Period 9
Working locations for a small animal vet, large, and mixed.
Small Animal practice
-Veterinarians with a small animal practice deal mainly with cats, dogs, rabbits and birds. These types of veterinarians work in offices and clinics where small animals are brought and treated.
Large Animal Practice
-This area involves livestock and horses. Large animal veterinarians may care for entire herds or single animals and treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Because of the obstacles involved with transportation, many veterinarians that work with large animals must travel to farms or ranches to treat these animals.
Mixed Practice and Alternative Careers
-Mixed practice would mean treating all types of animals. Other opportunities may be available with wildlife parks or zoos. These veterinarians must be proficient in dealing with animals in their natural environment and in captivity. Some veterinarians may even be responsible for the preservation of animals facing extinction.
Duties & Responsibilities
Veterinarians administer vaccines, do health check-ups, clean teeth, fix broken bones, treat skin infections and perform surgeries. Another aspects of a veterinarian's career may involve inspecting the living spaces of animals on farms or ranches to ensure that they are free from possible sources of infection. Some veterinarians specialize in a particular disease or condition and may be consulted only in special cases.
Average hours / Working sched.
- All private clinical practices $46,339
- Large animals, exclusively 48,303
- Small animals, exclusively 48,178
- Small animals, predominantly 46,582
- Large animals, predominantly 45,087
- Mixed animals 43,948
- Equine (horses) 34,273
First, they need to have a knowledge of animals, including anatomy and pathology.
Then the need to have an ethical compass to make the right decisions regarding euthanization and mercy killing.
Finally they must have patience to deal with owners who do not accept that not all of their pet's problems can be fixed.