A veterinarian is a doctor who specializes in the treatment and care of animals. Among the vet’s patients: pets, cattle and sheep, birds, wild animals, fish, and even bees.
What a veterinarian does?
Most often, the veterinarian works in the clinic where he/she deals with:
· examination of animals, he/she listens to the complaints of owners to make a diagnosis
· takes tests and does medical ultrasound
· prescribes and conducts medical treatment; if necessary, sends for surgery
· monitors the condition of four-legged patients at all stages of treatment
· can perform various procedures (sterilization, castration, childbirth).
A vet is also needed on the farm. There he/she monitors the condition of cattle every day, develops a system of nutrition and care for animals so that they do not get sick, and give more offspring. Carries out veterinary and sanitary control of products – meat, milk, eggs, so that he/she makes sure that products are safe for humans.
How much does a veterinarian earn?
The vet’s salary depends on his place of work and the animals he/she cares for. Working in a circus, pet store, public or private clinic, nursery, or farm, a veterinarian will receive a different salary.
What skills does a veterinarian need?
The most essential quality of a veterinarian – love for animals.
The veterinarian must:
· understand the physiology and anatomy of animals of various species
· be able to perform multiple procedures
· know the diseases of animals and methods of examination, treatment of these diseases
· understand modern medicine, medical equipment
· have an excellent memory, analytical thinking, strong nerves, quick reaction
· there should be no disgust, increased empathy.
Advantages and disadvantages of a veterinarian
Advantages while working as a vet:
· an honorable and respected profession
· you will have a job that you love
· there are many places where you can realize yourself: from the clinic to the circus
· opportunity to build a career, open a private office
· you can earn a high salary
· many people have pets, so there will always be work.
Disadvantages while working as a vet:
· night shifts, irregular schedules (occasionally you will be on call even after your workday has ended, so it will be pretty challenging to balance family life and your work, so you can be overworked and exhausted), and urgent departures are possible
· difficulties while diagnosing; the animal cannot say where and what hurts, and the owners do not always answer questions correctly
· you will be exposed to various injuries (bruises, scratches, and bites are common while working as a vet)
· emotional rollercoasters (sometimes you can not save your patient no matter how hard you try).
Employers want to see the ideal vet as follows:
· has a veterinary education
· able to make injections
· loves animals
· is diligent, responsible, and decent
· has working experience
· is ready for business trips
· has a driver’s license
· knows the basic regulations and official technical documentation in the field of veterinary medicine
· is a confident PC user
· doesn’t have bad habits.