Imagine being surrounded by animals – a Cat, newbornpuppies, a frog, maybe even a lizard named Pedro. Eachanimal is unique in every way - yet today, they all share aneed of medical Vet care (Veterinarian). For some animalsin my office today, their owners are rushing frantically,begging for help, “please, save my kitten”, “Doctor, how doI care for a new puppy liter?” Others not so fortunate,abandoned, injured, sick, even dying. I am Vet Dr.McKenzie Klauser, the doctor who will do my best toresolve this day to day chaos of “rib-its”, “meows” and“barks”.I hope to earn a degree in Veterinarian Medicine, deliveringmedical attention that changes lives. Join my friend Pedroand I on a career journey, Animal, I mean, “Vet” style as weexplore occupation conditions, demands, education,certification and other related career Vet attributes.
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Job DescriptionVeterinarians study, treat, and control animal injuries and diseases. Theyhelp healthy animals against stay healthy by immunization. Veterinarians alsoperform surgery, aid in birth, set broken bones, establish diet and exerciseroutines, and prescribe medicines for animals.Of the more than sixty-one thousand veterinarians working in the UnitedStates, only about one-third treat small pets exclusively. Small-animal veterinariansusually have private practices. Many large-animal veterinarians are employed byfarms, ranches, and zoos. Large-animal vets immunize cattle and treat diseasesacquired by the animals. Some veterinarians who specialize in the treatment oflarge animals are self-employed. Also, many vets, at some point, have to put ananimal down for some reason.A large number of veterinarians work as meat and livestock inspectors.Some inspect the meat that is to be fed to members of the military, and othersinspect meat sold to the public.
Long hoursNoisy environmentRisks from animalsBittenScratchedKickedWork in all weatherUsually clean well-lit offices
Education and Training• High school courses in biology, chemistry,health, mathematics, and speech• Two years of an undergraduate university• Four-year college degree from VeterinarySchool• Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine degree• Pass a state license exam
Colleges1. PURDUE UNIVERSITY2. Michigan State University3. Ohio State University4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign5. University of Missouri
Skills And Interests NeededIn order to be a veterinarian, you obviously need tolove and be good with animals. You should be strong inmath and science. A vet must be willing to figure thingsout and put a lot of work into patients. Flexibility isnecessary because most vets are always on call.Veterinarians need steady hands and the capabilityto witness animals at their worst moments, bothphysically and mentally. Compassion is especiallyimportant in the veterinary field. Lastly, a vet absolutelyneeds the ability to think on their feet.
Why I Want To Be A VeterinarianI want to be a veterinarianbecause I love animals. I love themand want to help them to have thebest lives they possibly can. Since Ican remember, I have dreamed ofcuring them and saving their lives.I hope to be a large animal vetspecializing in farm animals. A fewsummers ago, I helped my neighborstake care of their farm animals, and Ifell in love with the seeminglydisgusting hogs and cattle. It helpsthat there is a very large demand forthis field.
Veterinarian: SCANS Skills NeededIn addition to mastering the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics andcommunicating, a veterinarian should also possess the following skills:• Social – Must interact with pet owners and show understanding fortheir needs.• Leadership – Professional communication and ability to influenceothers, especially their employees and colleagues.• Self-Management – Should be accountable to running their businesswithout supervision and achieving daily goals.• Responsibility – Must be dependable and perform high quality work,especially when dealing with life and death situations.• Problem Solving & Decision Making – Must have the ability todiagnose an animal’s health problem, and be decisive in taking action.
Outlook and Job Growth Potential• The job expectancies for a veterinarian areexpected to grow faster than average through2018• The career of a veterinarian is going to grow+32.5%
Work Hours and Business• Because animals can get sick at any time of theday, vets often work at all hours.• Many vets like their work because they can be withanimals every day. But because some animals arescared and nervous sometimes they try tobite, kick, or scratch their vets.• Vets who work with large animals often work outsidein all different kinds of weather.
When Animals Are Sick• When an animal is sick, vets examine it to find out why.They look for clues in the way an animallooks, acts, and smells. Animals can’t talk so you haveto observe them.• Vets give animals blood tests, x-rays, and other tests tolook for clues about an animals illnesses. After thetests , vets decide what kind of medicine the animalneeds.• Vets prevent problems by giving vaccination shots andcheck-ups and fixing teeth. They also teach and showowners how to feed and train their animals.
Thoughts About Successo “Victory is what happens when ten thousandhours of training meet up with one moment ofopportunity”(Anonymous)
Veterinarian• Now who wants to be a veterinarian?• Working with animals will be fun if you loveanimals.• Help animals in need!• You will make a bond between the animalsyou care for!• If this is your dream, this is the informationyou need!