Veterinarians
SOC: 29-1131.00

Description:

Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
78,300 employed

Projected (2024):
85,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Animal Anatomist
  • Animal Chiropractor
  • Animal Doctor
  • Animal Pathologist
  • Animal Physiologist
  • Animal Surgeon
  • Associate Veterinarian
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Emergency Veterinarian
  • Equine Dentist
  • Equine Vet (Equine Veterinarian)
  • Horse Doctor
  • Laboratory Animal Care Veterinarian
  • Laboratory Veterinarian
  • Large Animal Veterinarian
  • Mixed Animal Veterinarian
  • Poultry Pathologist
  • Poultry Veterinarian
  • Public Health Veterinarian
  • Small Animal Veterinarian
  • Staff Veterinarian
  • Treatment Coordinator
  • Veterinarian (VET)
  • Veterinarian Epidemiologist
  • Veterinarian, Small Animal
  • Veterinary Anatomist
  • Veterinary Bacteriologist
  • Veterinary Dentist
  • Veterinary Epidemiologist
  • Veterinary Inspector
  • Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostician
  • Veterinary Livestock Inspector
  • Veterinary Meat Inspector
  • Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM)
  • Veterinary Medicine Scientist
  • Veterinary Microbiologist
  • Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Veterinary Pharmacologist
  • Veterinary Physiologist
  • Veterinary Radiologist
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Veterinary Toxicologist
  • Veterinary Virus Serum Inspector
  • Wildlife Veterinarian
  • Zoo Veterinarian


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper.
  • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
  • Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.
  • Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
  • Train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals.
  • Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds.
  • Euthanize animals.
  • Establish or conduct quarantine or testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans and that comply with applicable government regulations.
  • Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths.
  • Direct the overall operations of animal hospitals, clinics, or mobile services to farms.
  • Drive mobile clinic vans to farms so that health problems can be treated or prevented.
  • Specialize in a particular type of treatment, such as dentistry, pathology, nutrition, surgery, microbiology, or internal medicine.
  • Inspect and test horses, sheep, poultry, or other animals to detect the presence of communicable diseases.
  • Plan or execute animal nutrition or reproduction programs.
  • Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible.
  • Inspect animal housing facilities to determine their cleanliness and adequacy.
  • Determine the effects of drug therapies, antibiotics, or new surgical techniques by testing them on animals.
  • Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options.
  • Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses.
  • Perform administrative or business management tasks, such as scheduling appointments, accepting payments from clients, budgeting, or maintaining business records.
  • Counsel clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Ambu bags
  • Angiography catheters
  • Animal catching poles
  • Animal electrocardiograph ECG units
  • Animal snares
  • Arterial line catheters
  • Arthroscopic surgical equipment
  • Aspiration catheters
  • Automated chemistry analyzers
  • Automated microbial identification systems
  • Avian restrainers
  • Bandage scissors
  • Barcode scanners
  • Battery-operated orthopedic drills
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Biopsy punches
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Blood gas analyzers
  • Bone chisels
  • Bone clamps
  • Bone curettes
  • Bone cutting forceps
  • Bone fragment forceps
  • Bone holding forceps
  • Bone marrow aspirators
  • Bone rasps
  • Bone ronguers
  • Capture rifles
  • Cardiac monitors
  • Cast cutting saws
  • Castrating knives
  • Cattle chutes
  • Chest tubes
  • Coagulation analyzers
  • Computed tomography CT scanners
  • Crown pullers
  • Cryosurgery units
  • Dart guns
  • Dehorners
  • Dental amalgam carriers
  • Dental amalgam carvers
  • Dental burs
  • Dental cord packers
  • Dental elevators
  • Dental examination mirrors
  • Dental explorers
  • Dental files
  • Dental material pluggers
  • Dental probes
  • Dental reamers
  • Dental root tip picks
  • Dental spreaders
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential cell counters
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital veterinary thermometers
  • Digital x ray equipment
  • Digitizers
  • Dressing forceps
  • Ear syringes
  • Echocardiogram equipment
  • Electric animal clippers
  • Electronic animal scales
  • Electrosurgery units
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Enema equipment
  • Enteral feeding equipment
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Extraction forceps
  • Eye lavage kits
  • Fiberoptic endoscopes
  • Fluoroscopy units
  • Gamma ray cameras
  • Glucometers
  • Goniometers
  • Hand scalers
  • Handheld refractometers
  • Hematology analyzers
  • Hemoclips
  • Hemocytometers
  • Hemostats
  • High-speed dental handpieces
  • Hoof knives
  • Hoof picks
  • Hoof testers
  • Hoof trimmers
  • Image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT equipment
  • Insemination equipment
  • Intravenous IV administration sets
  • Intravenous IV fluid pumps
  • Intravenous IV fluid warmers
  • Intravenous syringe pumps
  • Kelly forceps
  • Laboratory scales
  • Laparoscopic equipment
  • Laptop computers
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Laser surgery units
  • Lead aprons
  • Lead gloves
  • Linear accelerator equipment
  • Lip retractors
  • Low speed dental handpieces
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems
  • Mayo scissors
  • Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Microhematocrit centrifuges
  • Microscope slides
  • Mobile multiparameter monitors
  • Mosquito forceps
  • Muzzles
  • Nail trimmers
  • Needle holders
  • Nose tongs
  • Nuclear scintigraphy equipment
  • Operating microscopes
  • Ophthalmic surgical blades
  • Ophthalmic tonometers
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Orthopedic drills
  • Osteotomes
  • Otoscopes
  • Oxygen administration equipment
  • Periodontal chisels
  • Periodontal curettes
  • Periosteal elevators
  • Personal computers
  • Portable veterinary x ray equipment
  • Prophylaxis angles
  • Protective face shields
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Radiation detecting film badges
  • Respiration monitors
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED
  • Single dose syringes
  • Skin staplers
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Sponge forceps
  • Staple removal forceps
  • Stationary x ray equipment
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Surgical bone saws
  • Surgical calipers
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical magnifiers
  • Surgical masks
  • Surgical retractors
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suture needles
  • Tablet computers
  • Tattoo equipment
  • Thoracic drainage catheters
  • Thyroid collars
  • Tissue forceps
  • Tourniquets
  • Towel clamps
  • Ultrasonic aspirators
  • Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors
  • Ultrasonic dental scalers
  • Ultrasonic instrument cleaners
  • Urinary catheters
  • Veterinary anesthesia machines
  • Veterinary dental impression trays
  • Veterinary dental mouth props
  • Veterinary dental x ray equipment
  • Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment
  • Veterinary obstetrical forceps
  • Veterinary oral specula
  • Veterinary orthopedic splints
  • Veterinary patient warming systems
  • Veterinary rehabilitation treadmills
  • Veterinary suction equipment
  • Veterinary surgical mouth gags
  • Veterinary ultrasound equipment
  • Veterinary vaginal specula
  • Visible light curing units
  • Volumetric glass pipettes
  • X ray film processors
  • X ray intensifying equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • American Data Systems PAWS Veterinary Practice Management
  • Butler Animal Health Supply DVM Manager software
  • Complete Clinic Software
  • Eklin Information Systems VIA
  • IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX Cornerstone
  • IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX VPM
  • ImproMed Infinity
  • InformaVet ALIS-VET
  • IntraVet
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mobile Data Software VetInfo
  • Sneakers Software DVMax Practice
  • Veterinary Software Publishing Advantage software
  • Vetport
  • Web browser software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800