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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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    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
    • Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.
    • Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
    • Counsel clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets.
    • Direct the overall operations of animal hospitals, clinics, or mobile services to farms.
    • Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options.
    • Euthanize animals.
    • Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses.
    • Inspect and test horses, sheep, poultry, or other animals to detect the presence of communicable diseases.
    • Train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals.
    • 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.
    • Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible.
    • Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds.
    • Determine the effects of drug therapies, antibiotics, or new surgical techniques by testing them on animals.
    • Perform administrative or business management tasks, such as scheduling appointments, accepting payments from clients, budgeting, or maintaining business records.
    • Inspect animal housing facilities to determine their cleanliness and adequacy.
    • Plan or execute animal nutrition or reproduction programs.
    • Drive mobile clinic vans to farms so that health problems can be treated or prevented.
    • Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • 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.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    • Currently Employed 3,330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 190

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    Investigative: 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


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


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