Veterinarians diagnose, treat and help to prevent disease and injury in animals. They advise on measures to prevent the occurrence or spread of diseases and on ways to improve the health and productivity of animals, and supervise safety standards on food supplies.
Duties & Tasks
Veterinarians may perform the following tasks:examine sick and injured animals and perform diagnostic testsexamine tissue and samples from sick animals to identify the cause of diseasetreat animals by using drugs, surgical procedures and nursing carevaccinate animals to prevent disease certify viability of animals for breeding and performancegive advice about animal health and care to owners and breederseuthanise animals in a humane fashion to end pain and suffering or to prevent the spread of diseaseadvise on feeding and breeding strategies to achieve maximum productionnotify authorities of outbreaks of animal diseases and certify animals for exportationattend horse and greyhound tracks, animal-related sporting events, and dog and cat shows to monitor and/or advise on the condition of animalssupervise the handling and health of livestock destined for exportsupervise quarantine for incoming livestock, genetic material and animal productsassist in public education programmes, promoting the welfare of animals.
Veterinarians may work indoors or outdoors depending on the location of their employment. They usually work long and irregular hours, especially those in private practice who may be called upon to treat sick animals at any hour of the day or night.
- interested in the health and welfare of animals observant good analysing and problem-solving skills good communication skills aptitude for science an enquiring mind organisational and supervisory skills.