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do veterinarians have to handle too much stress while working.

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Todd’s Answer

Hi Jermane,
I would say the answer to your question would depend on the person, the particular job the veterinarian does (anything from clinical practice to research to astronaut), and of course the particular day (some days are more stressful - right?). Some people thrive on stress, and what is stressful to one may not be to another. If a person is good at organizing their work and time, they may not be stressed by a fast paced workday that requires a lot of decision making. The job the vet does matters too, some do small animal medicine, which can be stressful with emotional clients & critically ill pets. Some do meat inspection or large animal production medicine, which can be stressful since mistakes or miscalculation can end up costing someone a lot of money. Some vets do research, and having to prepare a deadline for a grant or submit a paper can be stressful.
There are also rewards for the amount of stress involved in any job, such as job satisfaction, length of workday & time off, and of course money.
So I would say that it varies for each individual, and whether they get satisfaction from the job, and are able to handle the demands put on them. Fortunately, with a veterinary medicine degree, there are many different jobs that can be applied for and successfully accomplished.

Todd recommends the following next steps:

The best way to evaluate for yourself may be to find someone who is working in the particular field that you are interested in and contact them. Have specific, detailed questions ready to ask, and be sure to thank them for their time.
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Julio’s Answer

Hey Jermane,

Veterinarians definitely handle stress throughout their careers, just like any other profession, but they key to this answer is WHERE veterinarians work.

If we are talking about a vet working in an animal shelter, then yes it can be VERY stressful due to the high amount of animals at the animal shelter, consulting with the people who are adopting a pet about the medicine, treatments, and follow up consultations they may need is very overwhelming, although it is rewarding.

For other veterinarians who work at an independent business or have their own business, it is also definitely busy at times, but they have many vet techs assisting them for checking up on the animals before they actually see the vet, and when the vet meets up with clients it is a much more personal connection and experience.

Overall, veterinarians do have stressful jobs, but the joy of working with animals, their fellow vet techs, and pursuing their dream is definitely worth it in the end.

Hoped this help!
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