Veterinarian (VMD)

Occupation Information table
Overview: Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of animals, whether pets or farm livestock. They test dairy herds for TB, innoculate animals against rabies, cholera, and other diseases. They perform surgery and artificial insemination to breed animals and also perform research.
Duties: Diagnose the nature of disease, disorder or injury of animal and treats with medication or surgery. Test dairy herds for TB and brucellosis. Perform autopsies to determine causes of death.

They innoculate animals against diseases such as hog cholera and rabies. They inspect animals intended for human consumption before and after slaughtering.

They advise on breeding of animals and perform artificial insemination for cross-breeding. They investigate and control animal diseases that are communicated to man by contact.

They use X-rays and radioactive substances to diagnose animal diseases and disorders. Conduct courses and workshops for groups such as farmers or breeders regarding preventive medicine.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $48,000 to $54,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: All states require that veterinarians be licensed. To obtain a license, applicants must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from a college of veterinary medicine and pass a state board examination. The DVM degree requires a minimum of two years of pre-veterinary college or university study and a four-year veterinary program.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.