What Does A Veterinarian Do?

Veterinarians diagnose and treat illnesses in animals. In addition, they provide advice to pet owners about how to keep their pets healthy.

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How Do I Become A Veterinarian?

A doctorate in veterinary medicine is required to obtain this position. Typically, a veterinary program takes four-five years to complete. Most people already have a four-year bachelor’s degree before entering a veterinary program, although this isn’t always necessary. Some students may complete a number of pre-veterinary courses, then enroll in the veterinary medicine program.

What is the Average Salary For A Veterinarian?

High – 150,000
Median – 84,000
Low – 40,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Veterinarian?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter!

What Is The Work Environment For A Veterinarian?

Veterinarians typically work in animal hospitals and clinics, while some do work in laboratories or for the government.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Veterinarian?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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