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What do veterinarians actually do?

Written by

Pam Hardman


Published on: Apr 26, 2019

What do veterinarians actually do?

When your pet gets sick, you make an appointment with your vet and he or she will usually make a diagnosis, prescribe a treatment and/or medication and maybe see your pet again at a follow up visit. It’s pretty safe to say vets take care of animals but ever wondered what else your vet does? Spoiler alert: it’s a lot!

What do vets do each day?

While every day can look different for each veterinarian, these are the things they could be doing day-to-day:

  • Examining pets at their regular check-ups

  • Giving vaccinations, both oral and via injection

  • Treating sick or injured animals

  • Prescribe medication

  • Running blood tests

  • Administering X-rays

  • Dental cleanings

  • Performing surgeries like spay or neuters, or fixing broken bones

Some unexpected parts of the job

  • Compassion and relationship building (with pet-owners). When a pet’s been through a trauma or is sick, emotions can run high. It’s a vet’s job to treat that animal but also reassure the owner, make sure they know the treatment plan, and keep them coming back for regular check-ups.

  • Relationship building (with pets). Unlike with human patients where you can just reassure someone by talking to them, it takes a little more creativity to reassure or help comfort an anxious animal. Vets need to be able to examine an animal’s eyes, ears, mouth, and more, so they need pets to be calm, even if it’s just for a short time. Many vets incorporate lots of treat-giving, calm speaking, pets and “good boys” into their appointments so they can do what they need to do during the visit.

  • Educating pet owners. A big part of a vet’s job is educating pet owners on everything from day-to-day care for their pet, to care or ongoing treatment of specific diseases or conditions. There’s so much information out there, it’s important for the vet to be the credible source their patient’s owners can go to if they have a question about their pet’s care.

  • Emotional support. Sometimes a difficult decision has to be made at the end of a pet’s life. The vet is there to guide pet owners through the process, show compassion and help pet owner’s deal with the trauma of losing a beloved pet. 

  • Business. Many veterinarians are owners or co-owners of their practices. This means they’re tasked with running a business and all that comes with it – hiring and managing staff, managing supplies and expenses, and making sure the business is profitable.

  • Education and research. Just like any other medical field, or any field for that matter, things change. New research is published, new equipment is invented, new practices are implemented – a part of a vet’s job is staying up to date on all these things so they can continually improve their practice and provide the best care possible for their patients.

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