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Also called: Associate Veterinarian, Equine Vet (Equine Veterinarian), Veterinarian (VET), Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM)

What they do:
Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
  • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.


  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • American Data Systems PAWS Veterinary Practice Management
  • InformaVet ALIS-VET
Data base user interface and query software
  • IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX VPM
  • Microsoft Access
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
professional degree
usually needed

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