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

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Animal Care Specialist; Field Veterinary Service; Senior Veterinarian (Immaterial); Veterinary Biomedical Scientist; Veterinary Clinical Medicine; Veterinary Corps Officer; Veterinary Laboratory Animal Medicine; Veterinary Pathology; Veterinary Preventive Medicine
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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.



  • medicine and dentistry

Math and Science

  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


  • customer service
  • human resources (HR)

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


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



  • 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


  • 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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX VPM
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Medical software

  • American Data Systems PAWS Veterinary Practice Management
  • Vetport


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

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