A veterinarian is responsible for the care and health of animals and works to maintain and improve the health of the animals that they work with, including diagnosing, treating, and researching them. Job responsibilities of a veterinarian include diagnosing and treating animals that are ill or injured, vaccinating animals against possible infections, operating medical equipment used to either diagnose or help injured or ill animals, researching animal diseases as well as possible treatments and prevention tactics, inspection of living spaces for livestock, maintaining records for the animals that they treat, and prescribing medication to animals and advising the owner on the treatment and condition of their animal.
A doctorate or professional degree at an accredited veterinary school is required in order to become a veterinarian. Helpful job skills include compassion for animals, strong communication skills, strong organizational skills, decision-making skills, knowledge of animals and medications, ability to problem-solve, critical thinking skills, and active listening. The future job market outlook for a veterinarian is strong and increasing.