We all love pets, it can be either a dog or  a cat or even birds. The world is full of pets lovers, but then their health also becomes our responsibility to be taken care of. And it’s not just about the animals/birds we put at home are to be cured and taken care of, the other stray ones are also equally important. What if one day you see a dog being hit by a car or any vehicle on road, won’t your love for dogs or pets arise there ?

Even if it arises what would you do ? Take it a doctor and that doctor is known as a veterinarians. They hold a very crucial place for our animals. So for the ones who love being around animals/ birds, love taking care of hem and have a bit of interest in treating them can think about being a vet. After-all it will always keep you close to the ones you love.

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Veterinarians tend to the healthcare needs of animals, including pets, livestock, and zoo and laboratory animals. Most vets work in private clinics, treating companion animals, for example, dogs and cats.

They work with animals providing, preventive, emergency and other medical care. They work with small animals, big animals or both, in setting as varied as individual practices, clinics, zoos and labs. It completely depends on you in which environment you want to work depending upon your interest and comfort. They diagnose illnesses and perform medical procedures.

A small number of people who work in this field are equine veterinarians who treat horses, and food animal vets who work with farm animals. Some vets specialize in food safety and inspection. They check livestock for illnesses that animals can transmit to humans. Others are research veterinarians who study human and animal health conditions.

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Experts are of the opinion that, there will be a high demand for veterinarians in the coming years.

Qualifications:

Bachelors/Masters of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry; Bachelors of Fisheries Science

Gain License for your work

gain more and more experience, by first working under someone.  The majority of veterinarians work with small companion animals in private clinics. A smaller percentage of veterinarians choose to specialize in working with equine or other large animals, exotic animals, or zoo animals.

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You can finally open up your own private clinic to have a stable and secure job or you can go for specialization programs too for further research work.

 

Soft Skills That You Should Have.

In addition to formal training, to be successful as a veterinarian, you need certain qualities you won’t learn in school. Number one on this list is compassion, both toward the animals you will be treating and their owners. You will also need good decision-making skills to aid in choosing appropriate treatment methods. Good interpersonal skills are also a must as you will spend time communicating with animal owners, staff members, and colleagues.
Manual dexterity and strong problem solving skills are important as well.

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About Being a Veterinarian

  • Most veterinarians are on call around the clock since emergencies can occur at any time. Schedules may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Dealing with sick animals and their distraught owners can be very stressful.
  • Sick or frightened animals may bite, kick, or otherwise injure those who are treating them.

Annual Salary: 3 – 6.5 lakhs per annum

Colleges in India offering courses to be in this field

  1. INDIAN VETERINARY RESEARCH INSTITUTE – [IVRI], BAREILLY

2. COLLEGE OF VETERINARY AND ANIMAL SCIENCES – [CVAS], BIKANER

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3. RAJASTHAN UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY AND ANIMAL SCIENCES – [RAJUVAS], BIKANER

4. WEST BENGAL UNIVERSITY OF ANIMAL AND FISHERY SCIENCES, KOLKATA

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5. KERALA VETERINARY AND ANIMAL SCIENCES UNIVERSITY – [KVASU] POOKODE , WAYANAD

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Click on the respective links to know more about their courses and profile.