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Veterinarian

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What do they do?

Veterinarians (Vets) are doctors of animal health. They prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and other health issues in animals. Working in small clinics, emergency and specialty hospitals, zoos and aquariums, wildlife parks, universities, research facilities, pet food and drug manufacturing companies, conservation and government organisations.

Are you passionate about animals and committed to their welfare? Love the sciences, proactive and driven by emotional rewards rather than financial? Then you should definitely consider a career as a Vet.

 

Duties:

  • Examine, diagnose and treat sick and injured animals
  • Carry out general check-ups and administer preventative treatments e.g. vaccinations
  • Prescribe and administer animal medications
  • Take cell and tissue samples
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Perform surgery on animals

 

Skills required:

  • Passion for animals, their health and welfare
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Organisational & time management
  • Attention to detail and observational skills
  • Technical skills – use of machinery and lab equipment, surgical knowledge, computer and other software
  • Aptitude for science and an inquiring mind

 

Pathways

Complete an undergraduate or post graduate degree in veterinary science. Registration and Licensing is also required which includes testing and other requirements once education is completed. 5-7 years is generally how long it takes to complete required studies.

Other courses in animal science can provide a pathway for further study in an accredited veterinary degree.

 

Average salary $83,257 is the average salary for a Vet. (Source: au.indeed.com)

Job growth in this area is very strong (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

 

 

 

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