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Veterinarians diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases and disorders, and advise on preventative action. They may work in practices, specialising according to their location in either a rural or urban area, or in the public sector or associated industries such as pharmaceuticals, food production or drug regulation.

Tasks

  • Examines animals, diagnoses condition and prescribes and administers appropriate drugs, dressings, etc., and arranges or undertakes any necessary x-ray or other tests
  • Inoculates animals against communicable diseases
  • Administers local or general anaesthetics and performs surgery
  • Investigates outbreaks of animal diseases and advises owners on feeding, breeding and general care
  • Euthanases old, sick, terminally ill and unwanted animals
  • Performs tasks relating to food safety policy, regulation of veterinary drugs, quality control of veterinary products
  • Performs ante-mortem inspection of animals destined for the food chain, and animal post-mortem examinations
  • Carries out expert witness work and undertakes teaching of veterinary students
  • Maintains records, raises and forwards reports and certificates in compliance with current legislation.

Entry Requirements

Entrants will require a university degree in veterinary science and registration as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Pre-entry experience in a veterinary practice may be required for entry to a university veterinary school.

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £43,000 per annum and can progress up to £45,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 2,133 employed Veterinarians in the region.

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