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Veterinarian Job Description

A veterinarian also known as veterinary doctor is a person who is trained and qualified to diagnose and treat the diseases and injuries of animals. Veterinarians treat sick and injured animals, provide general animal care, and give advice to animal owners on the care of their animals.

Below is the veterinarian’s oath according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

Famous veterinarians include Robert Cook (equine health), Bernhard Lauritz Fredrik Bang (brucella abortus), Harry Cooper (animal welfare advocate), Louis j. Camuti (park avenue vet), Emma Milne (British vet), Paul Pion (VIN), and Buster Lloyd-Jones (clymping dene), among others.

Pursue a career in veterinary medicine if you have aptitude for science and passion for animals and their well being. You should have the willingness to help sick animals and the ability to get along with their owners.

What does a Veterinarian do?

Veterinarians may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Veterinarian work?

Places of work for veterinarians include:

Working Conditions

Veterinarians may work long and irregular hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays, or be on call. They work in offices, laboratories and outdoors environments. Their work may involve traveling to visit clients, wearing of uniforms and protective clothing, and working with large animals.

What is Required to Become a veterinarian?

To be employed as a veterinarian, you will be required to have a doctor of veterinary medicine degree (D.V.M or D.V.D). The study of veterinary medicine involves laboratory exercises with life and dead animals.

Veterinarians are required to be registered with the veterinary council of their country of residence to practice.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:


A veterinarian may specialize in any of the following fields:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Veterinarians need to have:


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