Career opportunities abound in field of veterinary medicine

Does caring for the health and well-being of animals appeal to you? Consider making it a career.

These days, the profession offers a multitude of opportunities available based on education and expertise.

Just some of those areas of veterinary medicine which can be pursued include private practice, teaching and research, regulatory medicine, and public health.

A veterinarian, such as those on staff with All Creatures Great & Small, are responsible for assessing and diagnosing injuries or illnesses, as well as conducting routine health assessments.

Additionally, veterinarians can opt for advanced training to become board certified in a specialty area, such as surgery, dentistry, emergency and critical care, behavior disorders, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, alternative medicine, and internal medicine. A veterinarian must earn a bachelor’s and doctoral degree to become a licensed professional.

A veterinary technician performs patient care duties such as blood draws, placing catheters, and assisting in surgery, among many others, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Typically a two-year degree is required. Veterinary technologists typically need a four-year bachelor’s degree and take on greater responsibilities in a clinic.

A zoo veterinarian is a specialized veterinarian who is responsible for performing health assessments on a variety of exotic animals.

Like the idea of educating? Consider teaching at a veterinary school or college.

Research veterinarians look for ways to prevent and solve health problems for both animals and people, such as developing means to reduce or eliminate the threat of animal disease.

Because there is such a vast number of opportunities in veterinary medicine, it warrants exploring them to figure out which one may best suit you. Additionally, seek out guidance from veterinarians and staff to learn more about what the profession entails.

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