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The veterinarian, or doctor of veterinary medicine, diagnoses and controls animal diseases, treats sick and injured animals medically and surgically, prevents transmission of animal diseases, and advises owners on proper care of pets and livestock. Veterinarians are dedicated to the protection of the health and welfare of all animals and to society as a whole. There are about 65,650 veterinarians in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Doctors of Veterinary Medicine
Duties Diagnose and control animal diseases; treat sick and injured animals medically and surgically; help prevent transmission of animal diseases
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Two- to five-year residency required
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Private Practice or Professor
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician