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What they do? Average Hours and Average Salary

Veterinarians care for the health of animals. They diagnose, treat, or research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. Other things that they will do include:

  • Examine animals to diagnose their health problems
  • Treat and dress wounds
  • Perform surgery on animals
  • Test for and vaccinate against diseases
  • Operate medical equipment such as x-ray machines
  • Advise animal owners about general care, medical conditions, and treatments
  • Prescribe medication
  • Euthanize animals

The average hours for a veterinarian include 50 or more hours a week and sometimes 40. They work during the day and the night. The average annual wage is $82,040 and in the federal government the average wage is $88,340.

Education & Skills Required

Veterinarians must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are currently 28 colleges with accredited programs. A veterinary medicine program generally takes 4 years to complete and includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical components. A school that has the program of Veterinary Medicine is Western University of Health Sciences College. Some skills required to be a successful veterinary are:

Compassion. They must treat animals with kindness
Decision-making skills. Veterinarians must decide the correct way for treating the injuries and illnesses of animals
Interpersonal skills. Strong communication skills to explain treatment and give instructions
Management skills. they are responsible for providing direction, delegating work, and overseeing daily operations.
Manual dexterity.must control their hand movements and be precise when treating injuries and performing surgery.

Job Outlook

Employment of veterinarians is expected to grow 36 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
There also will be employment growth in fields related to food and animal safety, disease control, and public health. As the population grows, more veterinarians will be needed to inspect the food supply and ensure animal and human health.