Career outlook for veterinary surgeon
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would diagnose and treat sick animals. You would probably work in general practice, with pets, farm and zoo animals.You may work with all of these types of animals, or specialise in just one.
Many of the owners you talk to may be upset or anxious about their pets, so it would be important to have a kind and reassuring manner. You would also have to be very gentle with the animals you work with, as many of them will be fragile.
As a vet in general practice you would:
- Diagnose and treat sick and injured animals
- Perform operations on animals who need them
- Carry out a range of tests such as X-rays and scans
- Care for animal in-patients
- Carry out health checks, give vaccinations and give owners advice on animal care
- Check farm animals and advise on how to stop diseases spreading
- Neuter animals to stop them breeding
- Put severely injured or terminally ill animals to sleep
- Supervise veterinary nurses and support staff
- Keep records of the treatments that you carry out
You might also be involved in inspecting hygiene and care standards in zoos, kennels, catteries, riding stables, pet shops and cattle markets.
You could also work in the public sector. You would then help prevent and control animal and human diseases, such as foot and mouth disease, and assess the safety of food processing plants and abattoirs.
Another option would be working in industry, supervising the production of drugs, chemicals and biological products.
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