Profession Veterinary practitioner
Veterinarians diagnose and treat sickness, disease and injury in all types of animals, and advise on preventative action.
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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Source: Sisyphus ODB