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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 will need to complete 5-7 years of study. Upon graduation you will need to register with the Veterinary Board in the state you want to practise in.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree that has been accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) such as a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) or a double degree in veterinary medicine.
  2. Alternatively, if you have already completed an undergraduate degree, complete an AVBC-approved Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
  3. Register with the Veterinary Board in the state you want to practise in.

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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

If you have already completed a science-based undergraduate degree, this course will prepare you for a career as a Veterinarian.

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Bachelor of Science

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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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