Veterinarians

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 59,230 veterinarians in the United States.


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

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