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  • 1. Career Research:Veterinarian
    By: Ashley Spoon
    Reading/Block E
    April 26, 2010
  • 2. Veterinarian: Job Responsibilities
    • Trained to diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals.
    • Veterinarians care for the health of pets, livestock, and animals.
    • Their work involves treating illnesses, minor injuries, and infectious diseases in large and small animals.
  • 3. Veterinarian: Job Responsibilities
    • Vaccinate against diseases, medicate animals suffering from infections, treat wounds, set fractures, and perform surgery.
    • Conductresearch and protect humans against diseases carried by animals, such as rabies and anthrax.
    • Protect our food supply chainby being involved in food safety by checking animals for transmissible diseases such as E. coli.
  • 4. Veterinarian: Education Required
    The educational requirements include:
    • Four year college degree that includes at least two years of pre-veterinary course work.
    • Four years of veterinary school that lead to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (D.V.M.).
    • Must pass an examination required by most states in order to receive a license to practice.
    • Required clinical and classroom work include courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, zoology and pathology.
  • 5. Veterinarian: SCANS Skills Needed
    In addition to mastering the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics and communicating, a veterinarian should also possess the following skills:
    • Social – Must interact with pet owners and show understanding for their needs.
    • Leadership – Professional communication and ability to influence others, especially their employees and colleagues.
    • Self-Management – Should be accountable to running their business without 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 to diagnose an animal’s health problem, and be decisive in taking action.
  • 6. Veterinarian: Salary Range
    • In 2008, the nation’s starting salary for veterinarians was approximately $52,000.
    • The median annual income was $79,050.
    • The annual potential salary exceeded $143,000.
  • 7. Veterinarian: Salary Range
  • 8. Veterinarian: Growth Potential and Job Outlook
    The outlook for this profession is excellent.
    • The employment growth is expected to increase 33% between 2008 and 2018.
    • Growth is due to the needed support for public health and food safety, and national disease programs.
    • Also, growing demand for Vets because pets are increasingly viewed as a member of the family.
  • 9. Veterinarian: Interesting Facts
    • Veterinary medicine has dentists who are licensed to perform dentistry on horses.
    • The National Zoo has had a history of training some of the top leaders in the field of Veterinary Science.
    • Admission to vet school is competitive, as there are only 28 accredited veterinary colleges in the U.S.
    • The number of pet owners purchasing pet insurance is rising.
  • 10. Veterinarian: Interview Source
    Interview with Dr. Carlos Sanchez…
    • Dr. Sanchez leads the Veterinary Training Program for the Smithsonian National Zoo.
    • Involved in the daily clinical care of animals
    in the National Zoo collection.
    • Known for his work with Pandas in China and his training programs throughout Latin America.
  • 11. Veterinarian and Friends…
  • 12. Veterinarian: Works Cited
    Sanchez, Carlos. “Careers-Interview with Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Carlos Sanchez.” N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2010. <‌internal/‌zoovet.shtml>.
    “Veterinarians.” Career Discovery Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. 2000. 86,87. Print. 8 vols.
    “Veterinarians.”‌oco/‌ocos076.htm. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 17 Dec. 2009. Web. 13 Apr. 2010. <‌oco/‌ocos076.htm>.
    “Veterinary Medicine.” World Book Online Reference Center. N.p., 11 Apr. 2010. Web. 11 Apr. 2010. <>.