Also known as Companion Animal Practitioner, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Emergency Veterinarian (Emergency Vet), Large Animal Veterinarian (Large Animal Vet), Mixed Animal Veterinarian (Mixed Animal Vet), Small Animal Veterinarian (Small Animal Vet), Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM), Veterinary Surgeon (Vet Surgeon), Veterinary Surgical Specialist (Vet Surgical Specialist), Zoo Veterinarian (Zoo Vet)
Also known as Companion Animal Practitioner, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Emergency Veterinarian (Emergency Vet)
Veterinarians diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals.
In addition, Veterinarians includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.
Veterinarians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Veterinarians. More generally, Veterinarians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Veterinarian is $99,250, and the average salary is $108,350. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Veterinarian salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Veterinarians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Veterinarians earn less than $60,690 per year, 25% earn less than $79,430, 75% earn less than $126,260, and 90% earn less than $164,490.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Veterinarians is expected to change by 16.7%, and there should be roughly 4,400 open positions for Veterinarians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Veterinarian are usually higher in their Investigative and Realistic interests.
Veterinarians typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Veterinarians typically have strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Veterinarian tend to value Achievement, Independence, and Recognition.
Most importantly, Veterinarians very strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Veterinarians very strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Veterinarians very strongly value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Veterinarians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, attention to detail, and analytical thinking.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Veterinarians, ranked by importance:
Many Veterinarians have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Veterinarians may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Veterinarians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as biology, medicine and dentistry, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Veterinarians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Veterinarians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Veterinarians need abilities such as oral comprehension, written comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Veterinarians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Veterinarians frequently use skills like reading comprehension, active listening, and active learning to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Veterinarians, ranked by their relative importance.
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