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Veterinarians

Also called: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Emergency Veterinarian (Emergency Vet), Small Animal Veterinarian (Small Animal Vet), Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM)

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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:
  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases, such as rabies or distemper.
  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Business
  • customer service
  • human resources (HR)
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • 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
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • 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
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Personality

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

Technology

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 Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$95,460
$58,080
$160,780
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