Equine Vet

By: Abby Timm-Haworth

What is a Equine Vet?

Equines play a major role in the health care of large animals like horses. Most vets usually drive to farms or ranches to provide health services for herds or individual animals.

What do they do?

Equine vets treat and dress wounds, set fractures, perform surgery (cesarean sections on birthing animals) and do artificial insemination. Vets also do euthanize animals when necessary.

Fact: 40% percent were women 10 years ago now its up to 65% women.

Hours (Time Management):

Equine Vets have long work hours. One vet put in at least 10 hours a day with having two partners which shares the after-hours.


Graduate from a four-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine with a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM or VMD) degree and obtain a license to practice.

Many schools do not require a bachelor’s degree for entrance, but all require a significant number of credit hours at the undergraduate level.

In the US applicants must also submit test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), depending on the preference of each college.

Previous work experience with veterinarians, agribusiness, research or health science can be helpful for admission, as can working with animals on a farm, ranch, stable or animal shelter.

Equine veterinary graduates must specialize and complete a one-year internship and a two or three year intensive training program in a specific area of medicine.

All U.S. vets must be licensed before they can practice. Applicants must pass the multiple choice National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competence Test (CCT).

Money and Outlook:

Earnings: Veterinarians

Region: U.S. National

Average Annual Earnings: $89,450

Average Hourly Earnings: $43.00

Employment Stats: Veterinarians

Region: U.S. National

Outlook: Increasing

2008 Workforce: 59,700

2008 to 2018 Growth Rate: 32.95%