Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.
Common job titles of Veterinarians include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
75.12% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
23.47% said they needed a First Professional Degree.
Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options.
Train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals.
Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible.
Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.
Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
Inoculate animals against various diseases, such as rabies or distemper.
Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds.
Direct the overall operations of animal hospitals, clinics, or mobile services to farms.
Counsel clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets.
Perform administrative or business management tasks, such as scheduling appointments, accepting payments from clients, budgeting, or maintaining business records.
Determine the effects of drug therapies, antibiotics, or new surgical techniques by testing them on animals.
Plan or execute animal nutrition or reproduction programs.
Inspect and test horses, sheep, poultry, or other animals to detect the presence of communicable diseases.
Specialize in a particular type of treatment, such as dentistry, pathology, nutrition, surgery, microbiology, or internal medicine.
Drive mobile clinic vans to farms so that health problems can be treated or prevented.
Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses.
Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths.
Establish or conduct quarantine or testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans and that comply with applicable government regulations.
Inspect animal housing facilities to determine their cleanliness and adequacy.
X ray intensifying equipment
X ray film processors
Volumetric glass pipettes
Visible light curing units
Veterinary vaginal specula
Veterinary ultrasound equipment
Veterinary surgical mouth gagsAll Tools
Veterinary suction equipment
Veterinary rehabilitation treadmills
Veterinary patient warming systems
Veterinary orthopedic splints
Veterinary oral specula
Veterinary obstetrical forceps
Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment
Veterinary dental x ray equipment
Veterinary dental mouth props
Veterinary dental impression trays
Veterinary anesthesia machines
Ultrasonic instrument cleaners
Ultrasonic dental scalers
Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors
Thoracic drainage catheters
Surgical bone saws
Stationary x ray equipment
Staple removal forceps
Specimen collection containers
Single dose syringes
Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED
Radiation detecting film badges
Protective face shields
Portable veterinary x ray equipment
Oxygen administration equipment
Optical compound microscopes
Ophthalmic surgical blades
Nuclear scintigraphy equipment
Mobile multiparameter monitors
Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems
Low speed dental handpieces
Linear accelerator equipment
Laser surgery units
Intravenous syringe pumps
Intravenous IV fluid warmers
Intravenous IV fluid pumps
Intravenous IV administration sets
Image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT equipment
High-speed dental handpieces
Gamma ray cameras
Eye lavage kits
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Enteral feeding equipment
Endotracheal ET tubes
Electronic animal scales
Electric animal clippers
Digital x ray equipment
Digital veterinary thermometers
Differential cell counters
Dental root tip picks
Dental material pluggers
Dental examination mirrors
Dental cord packers
Dental amalgam carvers
Dental amalgam carriers
Computed tomography CT scanners
Cast cutting saws
Bone marrow aspirators
Bone holding forceps
Bone fragment forceps
Bone cutting forceps
Blood gas analyzers
Blood collection syringes
Battery-operated orthopedic drills
Automated microbial identification systems
Automated chemistry analyzers
Arthroscopic surgical equipment
Arterial line catheters
Animal electrocardiograph ECG units
Animal catching poles
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
American Data Systems PAWS Veterinary Practice Management
Complete ClinicAll Technologies
Eklin Information Systems VIA
Henry Schein ImproMed
IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX Cornerstone
IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX VPM
Mobile Data Software VetInfo
Sneakers Software DVMax Practice
Web browser software
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Arm-Hand Steadiness
Precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Finger Dexterity
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.