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Job Description

Vets diagnose and treat sick or injured animals.  These are often pets, but also animals involved in sports or attractions, those in agriculture or the framing and food industry, even wild and or marine creatures - depending on your specialistion.

A Veterinary Surgeon works to safeguard the health and welfare of animals, this could be small, equine or agricultural animals. The job of a vet is to combine a knowledge of animal physiology, nutrition and medicine with practical skills to diagnose illness, prescribe medicines, treatments and to perform surgery.

Entry Requirements

  • a veterinary degree approved by the RCVS
  • registration with with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

Full-time degrees normally take 5 years but if you've already got degree in a subject that's related to veterinary science - you may be able to do a 4-year degree course.

You'll also need work experience from a veterinary practice.

Required Skills

To be a vet you'll need:

  • to love working with animals
  • be interested in science
  • to have patience and empathy for both animals and their owners
  • to be assertive and able to make difficult decisions

Starting Salary

£30,000 to £50,000

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