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Veterinarian

Diagnose, prevent and treat injury and disease affecting animals.

What's it like to be a Veterinarian?

Veterinarians (Vets) are trained medical professionals who diagnose, prevent and treat disease and injury affecting animals. Vets usually specialise in a specific area of work such as small animals, horses or livestock, and advise members of the public on best practices in diet, hygiene, care and breeding to promote better health in their pets and livestock.

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Vets in metropolitan areas work mostly with pets such as cats and dogs, while Vets in rural areas often work closely with farmers to treat livestock and prevent the spread of disease and improve health and productivity.

Vets generally work in small practices or may be employed by government departments to monitor and control animal disease, perform research or provide consultation on the regulation of hygiene standards, quarantine procedures and agricultural and food production processes.

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How to become a Veterinarian


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To become a registered Veterinarian in Australia, you need to study for 6-7 years. Complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at an accredited university program, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Science. Upon graduating you need to register with the Veterinarian board of the state(s) in which you wish to practice.

  1. Complete a Bachelor degree majoring in Veterinary Science in an accredited university program.
  2. Complete a Doctor of Veterinary Science in an accredited university program.
  3. Register with the Veterinarian board of the state(s) you wish to practice in upon graduation.

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Latest Veterinarian reviews

Latest reviews from 7 Veterinarians surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
'Loving animals is prob not best reason to be a vet as they usually don't like you'🤣
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Small Animals (dogs/cats)
The good things
Varied work. Opportunities to work part-time plentiful. Really depends on the team you work in as to work conditions
The challenges
Often deal with people and animals in distress. Unexpected things happen frequently.
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Oct 2018
Veterinary profession is rewarding but challenging at times!
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Livestock Farming
The good things
As a farms animal Vet, is exciting to work in variety of roles including animal health, interactions with the community and travelling across the country enjoying the scenery of Australian Flora and F...
The challenges
Challenges include understanding and addressing the patients’ owners psychology as part of treatment plan and being on the roads travelling to patients for extended times.
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