A small animal veterinarian is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of sickness, disease and injury in companion animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, caged birds, and other small pets.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is required to become a small animal veterinarian. You may also consider receiving special certifications for therapy, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, neurology, or critical care.
To pursue a career as a Small Animal Veterinarian:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, biology, chemistry, computer courses, and mathematics.
Where can I work?
Small animal veterinarians may be self-employed or work for clinics, animal hospitals, laboratories, or animal health companies.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a small animal veterinarian will be good over the next five years.
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