How to become a veterinarian

Diagnose and treat the health and well-being of all animals.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree in veterinary science.
  2. Progress your knowledge and career by completing a postgraduate degree in veterinary science.
  3. Register with the Veterinary Surgeons Board or Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of the state(s) you wish to practice in once completing your studies and graduating.
  4. Qualified Veterinarians must re-register on an annual basis with these boards in order to practice.

What does a veterinarian do?

Veterinarians work with animals. They diagnose animals and work to treat and prevent their diseases. They also patch up animals after injuries and offer advice for preventative care to animals owners.

Duties and tasks

  • Advise on preventing the occurrence and spread of diseases among animals.
  • Give advice to animal owners on care and treatment and answering questions as needed.
  • Inspect animals to determine the cause of disease or injury.
  • Perform autopsies on deceased animals.
  • Perform surgery or other medical procedures on animals.
  • Prescribe medications for animals diseases and administering these medications as needed.
  • Set animals broken bones or otherwise attending to injuries.

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