Veterinarians care for the health of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research, broadening our knowledge of animals and medical science, and in applied research, developing new ways to use knowledge.

According to the American Medical Veterinary Association, more than 70 percent of veterinarians who work in private medical practices predominately, or exclusively, treat small animals. Small-animal practitioners usually care for companion animals, such as dogs and cats, but also treat birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, and almost anything else. About one-fourth of all veterinarians work in mixed animal practices, where they see pigs, goats, cattle, sheep, and even circus or zoo>
Median Salary

Education Requirements
Veterinarians must obtain a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a State license. There is keen competition for admission to veterinary school. There are many scholarships and grants available to help you out. Check out our School and Scholarship Finders for suggestions and links to more that $200,000 in veterinarian school scholarships.

Job Outlook
Employment is expected to increase much faster than average. Excellent job opportunities are expected.

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