Vanessa: I assume you are an American and have looked into the requirements to become a veterinarian in the USA. The question is too broad as we do a huge variety of jobs including small animal practice, other types of clinical practice, research, teaching, epidemiology and public health. Since more graduates become small animal practitioners than any other sub-group, I will address that. We see manily dogs and cats, both healthy and sick, with either surgical or medical or unfortunately untreatable problems. Unlike human medicine, economic considerations are very important when a pet's owner is deciding whether or how to treat a difficult problem. On a typical day, we do office hours and intake the animals that can't be treated as outpatients. And surgery, both elective such as spay and neuter and non-elective such as C-sections, dental problems and injuries. We do diagnostic tests including outpatient tests and those run on hospitalized pets. We spend a lot of time keeping records, supervising technicians (equivalent to nurses) and talking to owners on the phone, not to mention the financial burdens of a practice if we are in an ownershop position. I was surprised at how much time is spent doing human interaction and not actually doing hands-on animal work. Good career decision if money is not a paramount consideration as the same amount of education will get you way more elsewhere.
Becka Walker’s Answer
It is also an intresting aspect in medicine. Majorly deals with animals, including pets, livestock, and zoo and laboratory animals. Most vets work in private clinics treating companion animals, for example dogs and cats. They diagnose illnesses and perform medical procedures.
Veterinarians tend to the healthcare needs of animals, including pets, livestock, and zoo and laboratory animals. Most vets work in private clinics treating companion animals, for example dogs and cats. They diagnose illnesses and perform medical procedures.
A small number are equine veterinarians who treat horses, and food animal vets who work with farm animals. There are some vets who specialize in food safety and inspection. They check livestock for illnesses that can be transmitted to humans. Others are research veterinarians who do research on human and animal health conditions.