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Shortage Creates Increased Job Prospects in Veterinary Medicine
Date:3/10/2008

and, in some states, state board examinations, and become licensed to practice veterinary medicine.

There are a number of veterinary-related positions in high demand, including Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs), veterinary assistants, and veterinary hospital managers. A variety of employment opportunities in the veterinary medical field are expected to increase for many years.

Registered Veterinary Technicians assist veterinarians in caring for animals. RVTs must pass a state board examination after completing a minimum two-year, accredited program in veterinary technology or the equivalent. RVTs provide nursing care, collection and processing of lab samples, induction and monitoring of anesthesia, and radiography as well as educate clients and maintain medical records. RVTs work in many settings, including small animal hospitals, zoos, biomedical research facilities, equine hospitals, and specialty practices.

A Day in a Veterinarian's Life

According to information compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a small animal veterinarian on a typical day in clinical practice might diagnose animal problems; vaccinate against diseases such as distemper and rabies; medicate animals suffering from infections or illnesses; treat and dress wounds; set fractures; perform surgery; advise owners about animal feeding, behavior, and breeding; and euthanize animals when necessary.

A veterinarian working with large animals might provide preventive care to maintain the health of food animals; test for and vaccinate against diseases; consult with farm or ranch owners and managers on animal production, feeding, and housing issues; and treat and dress wounds, set fractures, and perform surgery.

To learn more about employment opportunities in the field of veterinary medicine, contact a veterinarian in your area or visit the CVMA's Web site at http://www.cvma.net.

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