People who work in veterinarian careers perform many of the same kinds of activities and tasks that physicians, nurses, radiologists, and medical technicians perform in human hospitals. Veterinary practice involves taking and recording the temperature, pulse, and respiration of animals, collecting and labeling specimens for testing, dressing and suturing wounds, applying splints and other protective devices, giving enemas and performing catherization, ear flushes, administering intravenous feeding, and performing surgery on animals. These primary veterinary duties are typically performed by a licensed veterinarian, while veterinarian technicians, under the direction and supervision of the veterinarian, contribute by performing routine tasks such as administering medications, immunizations, anesthesia and blood plasmas to animals as prescribed by the veterinarian.
Veterinary education can range from a two-year associate degree program to a four-year bachelor of science. Both of these educational paths can prepare you to be a veterinary technician, or to go on to veterinary school and become a licensed veterinarian. Veterinarian programs typically include a curriculum that includes classes in anatomy and physiology of domestic animals, medical terminology, pathology, radiology, pharmacology, anesthesiology, microbiology, surgical training, and animal diseases.
Veterinarian Career Opportunities
As animal health care is becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, the demand for qualified veterinarians and veterinarian technicians is growing. With a degree in veterinary technology, you will be able to pursue a veterinary career, and find employment at biological laboratories, animal hospitals or with private veterinary practices.
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