When you think of a veterinarian, usually an "animal doctor" comes to mind. But being a veterinarian has many more opportunities that individuals don't think about. Some veterinarians work for large corporations conducting research, while others may practice privately for their own business.

Different types of veterinary specialties include companion animal, equine, large animal, food and safety inspection, and research. Once receiving a DVM, some individuals decide to teach college courses to help others reach their goals of becoming a veterinarian.

Potential jobs in this field

  • Agricultural or Food Scientist
  • Animal Caretaker, Groomer, or Trainer
  • Medical Scientist Physician or Surgeon
  • Veterinary Technologist or Technician
  • Zoologist or Wildlife Biologist
  • Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker

Potential Degrees Needed

Doctor of Medicine (DVM) Licensure required in all states.

Types of things you'll do

  • Examine animals to diagnose their health problems
  • Diagnose and treat animals for medical conditions
  • Treat and dress wounds
  • Perform surgery on animals
  • Test for and vaccinate against diseases
  • Operate medical equipment, such as x-ray machines
  • Advise animal owners about general care, medical conditions, and treatments
  • Prescribe medication Euthanize animals


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