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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.

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Currently Employed: 100

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $39.54 - $50.22

Typical Annual Salary: $82,200 - $104,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper.
  • Counsel clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets.
  • Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.
  • Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options.
  • Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
  • Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses.
  • Establish or conduct quarantine or testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans and that comply with applicable government regulations.

tools & technology

  • Animal husbandry equipment
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
  • Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
  • Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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