Profession veterinary practitioner

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    Veterinary practitioner

Veterinarians diagnose and treat sickness, disease and injury in all types of animals, and advise on preventative action.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Tasks veterinary practitioner

  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases, disorders or injuries.
  • Carry out diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, blood samples and ultrasound, and interpret the results.
  • Treat sick or injured animals, e.g. by prescribing and administering medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or administering anaesthetics and performing surgery.
  • Perform routine medical tests and checks, and inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies and distemper.
  • Euthanize animals.
  • Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding and general care necessary to promote the health of animals.
  • Educate the public, e.g. about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
  • Train and supervise workers who handle and care for animals.
  • Inspect hygiene and care standards in animal quarters, e.g. farms, zoos, kennels, riding stables, pet shops, cattle markets, animal shows and sporting events.
  • Maintain records, and provide reports and certificates in compliance with current legislation.
  • Manage practice finances, marketing and staff recruitment.
  • Conduct research in animal health and related areas.

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