Veterinarian

What is a vet

A veterinarian is a physician who has been educated and trained by an accredited institution to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in animals.

Skills you need to have to be a vet

Veterinarians need to have excellent animal-handling skills and the ability to diagnose and solve animal health problems. Clinical and surgical skills are needed when veterinarians examine, test and medicate animals suffering from infections or illnesses, treat and dress wounds, set fractures, perform minor to complex surgery, euthanaze animals when necessary and provide preventive care by vaccinating animals against diseases to maintain the health of individuals and populations. Excellent communication skills are necessary to advise owners about animal feeding, behaviour, and breeding. In addition, the livestock veterinarian works as part of a team of experts advising animal owners and managers on animal production, feeding, and housing issues. Diagnostic tests and procedures performed by a veterinarian include X-rays, ultrasound, ECG, skin, blood, urine and faeces examinations and require technical and interpretation skills. The general practice veterinarian spends a third to half of his or her time in surgery. Animal neutering operations are done in most veterinarians' practices. Many veterinarians also perform orthopaedic procedures, bone setting, dentistry and trauma surgery. Surgery requires good hand and eye coordination, and fine motor skills.

education degree's that you need

To practice as a veterinarian, you need to have a DVM degree, or Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine. It is a doctoral level degree, which means it is equivalent to a PhD or MD degree and it means generally 4 years of graduate school after you have got a bachelor's degree. Of course, you also have to have good enough grades to be admitted into the school. DVM is harder to get than an MD and it also means making less money because most people who have pets and get them treated are not rich people. Sometimes they are unable to pay the bill, and generally there is no insurance company to pay the bill and no government programs like Medicare or Medicaid. Therefore you really have to like animals to become a DVM. If you do, you will go to work everyday with a smile on your face.

Schools that offer Vet programs

UC Davis Collage of vet medicine, http://veterinary-schools.findthebest.com/