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Veterinarian

Veterinarians diagnose, treat and prevent animal diseases, ailments and injuries.

Job Titles

  • Veterinarian, or Veterinary Surgeon
  • Tasks

    • treating animals medically and surgically, and administering and prescribing drugs, analgesics, and general and local anaesthetics
    • determining the presence and nature of abnormal conditions by physical examination, laboratory testing and through diagnostic imaging techniques including radiography and ultrasound
    • performing surgery, dressing wounds and setting broken bones
    • rendering obstetric services to animals
    • participating in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases
    • inoculating animals against, and testing for, infectious diseases and notifying authorities of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases
    • performing autopsies to determine cause of death
    • advising clients on health, nutrition and feeding, hygiene, breeding and care of animals
    • may provide professional services to commercial firms producing biological and pharmaceutical products
    • may specialise in the treatment of a particular animal group or in a particular specialty area such as cardiology, chiropractic, dermatology or critical care