Job description and requirements

Job description

A veterinarian is a licensed health professional who is trained to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in animals. They care for a diverse variety of animals. Not only are veterinarians responsible for the health and welfare of treated animals, they are also indirectly responsible for the health of animal owners by preventing any animal diseases from spreading to humans. Most of the veterinarians work in small clinics or normal animal hospitals. Veterinarians are trained in every aspect to know and determine what an animal is going through. They also have to educate the owners on how to properly care for their animal. An average salary veterinarian $93,250 per year.

Job requirements

Veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a State license. "Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree from a 4-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are 28 colleges in 26 States that meet accreditation standards set by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The prerequisites for admission to veterinary programs vary. Many programs do not require a bachelor's degree for entrance, but all require a significant number of credit hours -- ranging from 45 to 90 semester hours -- at the undergraduate level. However, most of the students admitted have completed an undergraduate program and earned a bachelor's degree. Applicants without a degree face a difficult time getting hired.


2012 Mean Salary$93,250 per year
$44.83 per hour

Top 10% Salary$144,100 per year
$69.28 per hour

Bottom 10% Salary$51,530 per year
$24.77 per hour

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