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Job Title: Mixed Practice Veterinarian

Description: See healthy, sick, and injured animals and their owners for examinations. Educate owners about avoiding and preventing pet health problems and perform preventive or disease avoidance interventions such as immunization, deworming and laboratory testing. If there are health complaints, offer the owners tests or procedures to address the problems. Provide medical and surgical services. Can work in a variety of environments, from a large animal hospital to a small traveling veterinary practice.

Degree Required: DVM

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is usually a 4 year full-time program that begins after earning a BS or MS degree. The first 3 years generally includes classwork and the final year involves practical hands-on learning in a clinical setting. A veterinary career may also require a year or more of residency in a specific field upon graduation.

Skills Required: Computer skills, Farm animal care, Good hand-eye coordination, Independent worker, Leadership abilities, Learns on the job, Managing people, Oral communication skills, Quick thinker, Record maintenance, Scientific thinker, Thinks outside the box, Time management skills, Works under pressure, Written communication skills

Market Sector: Museum/Zoo/Aquarium, Non-Profit, Self-Employed, Small Business, University/Education

Relative Salary:  $$$

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    Since each person surveyed may have a different viewpoint as to what constitutes an average salary, and since salary is often commensurate with years of experience, the number of dollar signs should not be regarded as an absolute, but only as an indicator.