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Veterinarians

Veterinarians
Quick Facts : Veterinarians*
2010 Median Pay$82,040
Entry Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201261,400
Job Outlook36% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change22,000


Veterinarians care for the health of animals. They diagnose, treat, or research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. In private clinical practices they treat the injuries and illnesses of pets and farm animals with a variety of medical equipment, including surgical tools and x-ray machines.

What Veterinarians Do

  • Examine animals to diagnose their health problems
  • Perform surgery on animals
  • Test for and vaccinate against diseases
  • Operate medical equipment such as x-ray machines
  • Advise animal owners about general care, medical conditions, and treatments

Work Environment

Although most veterinarians work in private clinics, others travel to farms, work outdoors, or work in laboratories. Work can sometimes be emotionally stressful.
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Job Outlook

Employment of veterinarians is expected to grow 36 percent from 2010 to 2020. The need for veterinarians will increase to keep up with the demands of a growing pet population.
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Pay

The average salary of veterinarians was $82,040 in May 2010.
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Veterinarians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Veterinarians

82040

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Veterinarians*
Percent Change in Employment

Veterinarians

35.8306

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Veterinarians

Veterinarians must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are currently 28 colleges with accredited programs. A veterinary medicine program generally takes 4 years to complete and includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical components.
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