On the Job
Veterinarians diagnose, treat, or research illness or injuries in animals. They care for livestock as well as family pets.
This career requires good eyesight and time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Determine protocols for medical procedures.
- Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Immunize patients.
- Operate on patients to treat conditions.
- Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Analyze medical data to determine cause of death.
- Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
- Collect biological specimens from patients.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having telephone conversations.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Dealing with external customers.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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