I Love Animals and I Want To Be A Vet. What are the Other Career Options in Veterinary Science?
For those who love animals, at one time or another, they have felt the pull of making animal care their life's work.
However, taking care of animals is not as simple as it may appear to be.
While a man can explain his problems to his doctor, you need extra perception to know what is wrong with animals.
The working conditions are slightly more adversarial at animal clinics and hospitals — humans do not usually bark, bite, or chirp while receiving treatment.
What does a Vet do?
A 'vet', short for veterinarian, is a qualified medical practitioner who identifies and treats medical problems in animals.
They treat injuries, set broken bones, perform surgery, prescribe medicines and administer vaccinations. By these methods and by doing research, vets help to protect people from diseases carried by animals.
Career Options in Veterinary Science
Most vets treat small companion animals such as dogs, cats, and birds. They also advise pet owners on care and breeding of pets.
Veterinarians also handle health problems of farm animals, such as cattle and horses. They are also involved in educating and encouraging farmers to build up the quality of their animal stock.
Dairy and poultry farms require the services of a veterinarian. The health of the animals on the farm is the responsibility of the veterinarian. They also advise farmers on the care, breeding, and maintenance of these animals.
A veterinarian can also become a Meat Inspector for slaughter houses, or work at insurance and banking offices where he would have to assess the worth of animals. Livestock Inspectors are veterinarians who work with animals to be used for food to detect illnesses or diseases that might harm the animals
Some veterinarians care for zoo or aquarium animals, wildlife or for laboratory animals.
In the pharmaceutical industry, veterinarians test new drugs, antibiotics, and surgical techniques on animals to determine their usefulness with humans.
They can be part of the research in animal welfare societies or teach in colleges.
There are numerous other avenues in animal health and veterinary science. Apart from your love of animals, you need to hone your skills of observation, adaptability and patience.
Hard work, dedication and a whole new level of compassion towards animals and their owners are other skills required to be a successful vet.
Excerpts from The Teenager Today – Article by Dr. Vibha Gupta
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