Veterinarian Salary

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How much does a veterinarian make? A veterinarian earns an excellent to outstanding salary for their medical services for animals. Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases of animals. Veterinarians care for the health of pets, animals in zoos, livestock, laboratories, and racetracks. Veterinarians may be involved in consultation, technical writing, sale or production of commercial products, research and development, or provide technical services to commercial firms and other organizations.

Veterinarian Salary

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Veterinarians provide services for animal health care, including vaccinating against diseases, diagnosing animal health problems, treating and dressing wounds, medicating animals suffering from infections or illnesses, set fractures, perform surgery, and advise owners about animal behavior, feeding, and breeding.

Veterinarian Job Duties:

Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, and general care necessary to promote health of animals.

Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.

Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.

Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.

Plan and execute animal nutrition and reproduction programs.

Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible.

Operate diagnostic equipment such as radiographic and ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.

Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies and distemper.

Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds.

Specialize in a particular type of treatment such as dentistry, pathology, nutrition, surgery, microbiology, or internal medicine.

Euthanize animals.

Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths.

Perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, accepting payments from clients, and maintaining business records.

Establish and conduct quarantine and testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans, and that comply with applicable government regulations.

Inspect animal housing facilities to determine their cleanliness and adequacy.

Determine the effects of drug therapies, antibiotics, or new surgical techniques by testing them on animals.

Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.

Train and supervise workers who handle and care for animals.

Drive mobile clinic vans to farms so that health problems can be treated and/or prevented.

Inspect and test horses, sheep, poultry, and other animals to detect the presence of communicable diseases.

Direct the overall operations of animal hospitals, clinics, or mobile services to farms.

Veterinarians must graduate from an accredited college of veterinary medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree from a 4-year program, and must hold a state license. Aproximately eighty percent of veterinarians work in private practice. Veterinarians jobs are projected to increase 33 percent over the 2008 to 2018, faster than average for all occupations. As cats become more popular pets there will be an increased growth of feline medicine and veterinary services, compared with veterinary care for dogs which will continue to grow at a slower rate.

How much does a veterinarian make per hour?

A May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the median hourly wages for a veterinarian was $43.32.

Industry And Hourly Wages

Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $43.50

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) $40.48

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $34.78

State Government (OES Designation) $42.70

Social Advocacy Organizations $42.30

How much does a veterinarian make per year?

The median yearly salary for a veterinarian according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $90,110.

Industry And Annual Wages

Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $90,470

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) $84,200

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $72,350

State Government (OES Designation) $88,820

Social Advocacy Organizations $87,980

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