Five things you should know about Veterinarians

When people speak of veterinarian doctors or vets (as they are common known as) they usually refer to doctors for domestic animals like dogs and cats. Though there is more to the role of a veterinary than taking care of small animals, research shows that the veterinary care industry makes over 80% of their revenue by taking care of cats and dogs and other smaller animals. This being said, it is also erroneous to assume that veterinary doctors and technicians have a safe working environment with over 61% veterinaries reporting incidents of animal-related injuries caused on duty. So before coming to conclusions about veterinarians here are some facts about them that people should be familiar with:

Five things to know about being a Veterinary Doctor

Great career prospects: The career prospects for a pet doctor are extremely high, especially in the United States and Europe. In 2010 for instance, 61,000 jobs were offers to animal doctors across the USA, and the number is expected to keep rising considering the BLS predicting a 9% growth in job prospects by 2024. Even the U.S. government employs more than 1000 civilian veterinarians annually.

Vets are animal doctors and they too have specialties: Though the majority of veterinarians in the United States (almost 70% to be specific) treat small animals like cats and dogs, veterinarians like medical physicians can also specialize based on their interests and abilities. After acquiring their license in veterinary medicine they may choose to further specialize in animal dentistry, dermatology, behavioral genetics, cardiology, exotic animal surgery and medicine etc. Some of the common types of veterinarians include: Equine veterinarians, Research veterinarians, Companion animal veterinarians, Food animal veterinarians, Food Safety and Inspection veterinarians etc.

They have different work settings: Though the majority of vets work in veterinary clinics, especially after their medical licenses, there are several others who get into research, or studies related to animals and medical science, or even clinical research. For those that choose to pursue a career as a veterinarian can be seen across hospitals and clinics, zoos, animal shelters and homes, etc. making up almost 74% in the veterinary service industry. There are others who work with federal government, animal production, medical colleges etc. while others who work specifically with horses and farm animals oscillate between their offices and place of work. Those working in food safety and inspection on the other hand can be seen in food processing farms, slaughterhouses etc. The point is, as a veterinarian one may have diverse work settings that come with its own set of challenges. They may practice in a group or solo and working hours may differ greatly; they also have to deal with the emotional demands of pet owners and comprehend the mute messages of the animals.

The majority of Veterinarians are Women: Like Nurses and Nursing professionals, most Veterinarians are also women. It has been seen that almost 80% of the students who register for the program are women.

Being a Vet Doctor requires people skills: It’s a fact that Vets not only study symptoms in animals to identify illnesses and diseases but should have an acute understanding of human mind as well. Considering that over 60% of all disease-causing-agents are transferred from animals to humans, it’s not surprising that veterinarians are the only doctors who get to study humans and animals in order to render better treatment. In fact, veterinarians are so trained that they can easily identify when one is lying to them.

Veterinarians as such must have a sincere understanding of animals and have very good people skills as well. So if you have a visit to the animal doctor planned, make sure you are familiar with these facts!

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Sources: eHow, BLS, Factsbarn