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Occupation Profile for Veterinarians

Diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. May engage in a particular function, such as research and development, consultation, administration, technical writing, sale or production of commercial products, or rendering of technical services to commercial firms or other organizations. Includes veterinarians who inspect livestock.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$71,990.00 Median Annual Wage 3,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
0.8 Average Unemployment Percentage 0.0 Percentage That Completed High School
62,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 0.0 Percentage That Had Some College
84,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 99.9 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Animal Anatomist
Animal Chiropractor
Animal Doctor
Animal Pathologist
Animal Physiologist
Animal Surgeon
Companion Animal Practitioner
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Emergency Veterinarian
Epidemiologist, Veterinarian
Equine Dentist
Equine Vet (Equine Veterinarian)
Horse Doctor
Inspector, Veterinarians and Veterinary
Inspector, Veterinary
Laboratory Veterinarian
Large Animal Veterinarian
Medical Director
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Poultry Pathologist
Public Health Veterinarian
Small Animal Veterinarian
Staff Veterinarian
Treatment Coordinator
Veterinarian (Vet)
Veterinarian, Laboratory Animal Care
Veterinarian, Poultry
Veterinary Anatomist
Veterinary Bacteriologist
Veterinary Dentist
Veterinary Epidemiologist
Veterinary Intern
Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostician
Veterinary Livestock Inspector
Veterinary Meat Inspector
Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM)
Veterinary Microbiologist
Veterinary Parasitologist
Veterinary Pathologist
Veterinary Pharmacologist
Veterinary Physiologist
Veterinary Radiologist
Veterinary Surgeon
Veterinary Toxicologist
Veterinary Virus Serum Inspector
Wildlife Veterinarian
Zoo Veterinarian

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Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — Inspect and test horses, sheep, poultry, and other animals to detect the presence of communicable diseases.
  • Core — Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, and general care necessary to promote health of animals.
  • Supplemental — Plan and execute animal nutrition and reproduction programs.
  • Core — Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
  • Supplemental — Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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