Career as a Veterinarian
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Do you want to work as a Vet?
Follow the 6 points below and join the Veterinary Group where you will learn everything about becoming the best vet, while chatting with other potential students and experts from around the world.
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1. WHAT IS A veterinary scientist?
A Veterinarian is a doctor who protects the health and well-being of both animals and people by treating animals for various ailments and diseases.
2. WHAT DO THEY DO?
They treat sick animals, but also do research to control animal diseases. They also advise owners on proper care of their pets and other animals. The veterinary profession is extremely competitive, but one of the most rewarding careers for those passionate about medicine and animals. If you’ve made up your mind to become a veterinarian, scour your community for opportunities to display your passion. Proving your commitment on paper isn’t easy, but having the right experience on a resume goes a long way towards demonstrating your drive and initiative as you begin moving towards your dream of becoming a veterinarian.
These are some of the basic daily tasks of veterinarians. The different kinds of veterinarians will perform different tasks, such as:
Where do they work?:
Most veterinarians work in their own private practice, called clinics. Vets may be employed or contracted by hospitals, government agencies, educational institutions, wildlife management groups, zoos, aquariums, ranches, farming-related businesses, or pharmaceutical companies.
Different kinds of veterinarians:
There are different kinds of Vets, depending on the field they decided to focus on. As a Vet you might decide to focus (or specialize) in fields such as:
Annual salary of R470,000
Annual salary of AU$65,000
Annual salary of £30,000
Annual salary of $75,000
Being a Veterinarian does have some difficult moments, and it's good to know these things before you truly make a decision to pursue this career:
Future growth and Possibilities:
Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow by 9% annually, one of the highest for an occupation, mainly due to the growth in wildlife veterinary sciences. Globally 5 out of every 6 Veterinarians work in their own practices. The rest are employed in government, universities and laboratories. Close to 65% of Vets are male.
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3. WHICH SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
The skills required for a career as a Veterinarian can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
4. WHICH SUBJECTS MUST I HAVE AT SCHOOL?
These subjects are recommended:
These subjects are the ones recognized around the world, but may not all be available in specific countries or schools. The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it's also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
5. WHAT WILL I NEED TO STUDY?
To become a Vet you will need to study towards a Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Sciences (BVSc).
Most veterinarians focus on working with small domesticated animals and will direct their studies accordingly. Those that want to work with exotic animal, birds, wildlife or even zoo animals, tend to specialize their studies in these directions.
In most countries this means 4 years of undergraduate studies, and a further 3 or 4 years of graduate studies, during which the last year and a half you will do a lot of practical work. Specialization in a specific direction requires a further year or more of studies.
Possible Career Preparation Paths:
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it's important to plan the way forward. Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
But what can you do when there are obstacles in the way to reach this career, such as low marks in High School, not enough finances to pay for such a Degree, or no University close enough to study at? Remember that there is always different ways to reach your dream, including the following paths:
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