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 tests
examine tissue and samples from sick animals to identify the cause of disease
treat animals by using drugs, surgical procedures and nursing care
vaccinate animals to prevent disease
certify viability of animals for breeding and performance
give advice about animal health and care to owners and breeders
euthanise animals in a humane fashion to end pain and suffering or to prevent the spread of disease
advise on feeding and breeding strategies to achieve maximum production
notify authorities of outbreaks of animal diseases and certify animals for exportation
attend horse and greyhound tracks, animal-related sporting events, and dog and cat shows to monitor and/or advise on the condition of animals
supervise the handling and health of livestock destined for export
supervise quarantine for incoming livestock, genetic material and animal products
assist 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
good analysing and problem-solving skills
good communication skills
aptitude for science
an enquiring mind
organisational and supervisory skills.