By Angie Miller
Good with people? Calm under pressure? Love animals?
Veterinarians are a branch within the life sciences field. The job growth for veterinarians in the next 10 years is high in demand at 21% or more. The median salary of a veterinarian in the United States is $82,900. From preventing to diagnosing and treating health problems in all types of animals, healthcare depends on veterinarians.
Work environment for veterinarians is usually comprised of long hours on evenings, nights, or weekends. Mainly veterinarians perform clinical work in the setting of private practices. Veterinarians in nonclinical areas such as research have 40-hour work weeks similar to normal research jobs. Generally veterinarians examine injuries or diseases, treat sick animals, utilize diagnostic equipment, provide education to public, conduct tests, and determine effects of drugs on animals.
Education is focused on classes with a strong emphasis on natural science such as biology, chemistry, and physics with importance of mathematics as well. Veterinarians usually obtain bachelor’s degrees usually in biology, animal science, or other science fields. A four-year professional degree or Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DMC) is required along with passing a state-licensing exam before being able to practice. Having formal training or experience with other veterinarians or scientists in clinics is a key marketing strategy to getting accepted into veterinary school.
Personality skills that are important for veterinarians include patience, being able to communicate well, and high attention to detail.
Similar careers to veterinarians are anesthesiologists, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, and podiatrists.
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