What does a Veterinarian do?

Veterinarians serve and assist animals with their health needs and concerns. They advise clients, including individuals, zoos, farmers, or ranchers on the proper tending to and caring for their pets or livestock. As animal doctors, they conduct medical procedures including immunizations, physical exams, and dental care procedures.

Veterinarians also provide emergency services including operations or euthanization. They diagnose and control animal illness and diseases and treat sick or injured animals. They prescribe medications when needed as part of a treatment, and perform diagnostic scans including X-rays or CAT scans. Veterinarians also treat fractures and dress wounds. They advise animal owners about the best practices for feeding and management of animal behaviors. They diagnose health problems and complications and provide preventative care, advice and services. When necessary, a veterinarian will refer a pet for diagnostic testing, blood work, urinalysis, or fecal exams. Some veterinarians also work in a public health capacity to help spay and neuter pets and to evaluate the safety of restaurants, water supplies, and food processing plants. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, veterinarians have completed a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and obtained a license to practice within the veterinary profession.

What responsibilities are common for Veterinarian jobs?
  • Provide functional direction and supervision to field team.
  • Surgical intervention responsibilities include soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic procedures.
  • Maintain a high level of client communication and patient care.
  • Dental prodedures.
  • Supervise the administration and case review of client medical complaints.
  • Ensure payroll is accurately completed and submitted for all hospital staff.
  • Work in the people, pets and vets family allows you to provide excellent care with top-quality resources while maintain, the individuality and medical autonomy that make each practice unique.
  • Prepare veterinarian care reports, which involves documenting medical conditions and activities applied to patients.
  • Doctor duties include examinations, surgeries, diagnosis, procedure, client education, prescribing, and medical record.
  • May be responsible for filling one or more of these roles at a time.
  • Community involvement, including participation in fundraising and charity events.
  • Assist the veterinary staff with administration of the sentinel health monitoring program.
  • Draw up, log and administer controlled substances under supervision of veterinarian. perform venipuncture to draw blood samples from animals. runs and interpret diagnostic tests using blood samples.
  • Drive client visits through strategic client communication and local marketing efforts.
  • Manage and monitor all care for sick and injured animals.
  • Leverage evidence-based medicine and continue pursuit of education to deliver quality patient care.
  • Contribute to the growth of a productive practice while focusing on a high-quality standard of care.
  • Respect for and willingness to work with clients and their pets.
What are the typical qualifications for Veterinarian jobs?
  • Graduate's Degree in animal sciences, certification in veterinary technology, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and collaboration capabilities.
  • A natural problem solver using confidence, a positive attitude, and at times, humor throughout the scope of work.
  • Comfortable consulting with patients and clients and using critical thinking with decision making.
  • Can work alone.
  • Strict attention to detail and a solid work ethic.
  • Demonstrated dexterity and composure under pressure.
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Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Veterinarian make?

Confident
$147,766 /yr
Total Pay
$114,909
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$32,857
 /yr

Additional Pay

$147,766

 / yr
$72K$486K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Veterinarian Career Path

Learn how to become a Veterinarian, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Veterinarian
$147,766/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
19%
2 - 4
31%
5 - 7
3%
8+
47%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Veterinarian Insights

Read what Veterinarian professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
VetCorVetCor
Veterinarian
Mar 7, 2020

“It is great to come to work and practice my art and go home tired and satisfied.”

Massachusetts General HospitalMassachusetts General Hospital
Research Animal Specialist
Jun 26, 2020

“Great way to make connections and teach me what I needed to know over the course of my tenure here.”

Vetco Veterinary ClinicVetco Veterinary Clinic
Veterinarian
Jan 22, 2021

“So if they don't have anyone bid you could make a good amount of money.”

Utah State Developmental CenterUtah State Developmental Center
DVM
Jan 3, 2022

“If you have good coworkers working there can be really fun and enjoyable.”

Miqdadi Group
Veterinarian
Apr 30, 2022

“Good good good good good”

University of MissouriUniversity of Missouri
Vet Assistant
Jun 10, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Bond VetBond Vet
Veterinarian
Mar 27, 2021

“People are great and everything really enjoys coming to work”

ValeoValeo
Companion Animal Specialist
Feb 3, 2020

“Bad Management and there is no career options”

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Veterinarian Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Veterinarian

When working as a Veterinarian, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Managing Expectations, Adaptability, Excellent Communication, Meet Deadlines, and Motivated.

The most similar professions to Veterinarian are:
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Pet Groomer
  • Pet Trainer
  • Kennel Technician

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Veterinary Technician
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13% skills overlap
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