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Veterinarians diagnose, treat and prevent animal diseases, ailments and injuries.

Fun facts

  • NA Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 72% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 61% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by veterinarians. A few are listed below:

  • treating animals medically and surgically, and administering and prescribing drugs, analgesics, and general and local anaesthetics
  • determining the presence and nature of abnormal conditions by physical examination, laboratory testing and through diagnostic imaging techniques including radiography and ultrasound
  • performing surgery, dressing wounds and setting broken bones
  • rendering obstetric services to animals
  • participating in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases
  • inoculating animals against, and testing for, infectious diseases and notifying authorities of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases
  • performing autopsies to determine cause of death
  • advising clients on health, nutrition and feeding, hygiene, breeding and care of animals
  • may provide professional services to commercial firms producing biological and pharmaceutical products
  • may specialise in the treatment of a particular animal group or in a particular specialty area such as cardiology, chiropractic, dermatology or critical care

Specific occupations

  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Veterinary Pathologist

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Kat Duncan

"Choose a career that you think you'll love, work hard and don't give up till you get there."

Kat Duncan

Locum veterinary surgeon