Diagnoses, treats, or researches diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Examines animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
- Treats sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
- Collects body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
- Inoculates animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper.
- Counsels clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets.
- Operates diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interprets the resulting images.
- Advises animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options.
- Educates the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
- Attends lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses.
- Establishes or conducts quarantine or testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans and that comply with applicable government regulations.
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