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Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.   (O'Net 29-1131.00)

Reported job titles:   Animal Anatomist, Animal Chiropractor, Animal Doctor, Animal Pathologist, Animal Physiologist, Animal Surgeon   (view all job titles)
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 32.98   $ 36.98   $ 45.54   $ 57.61   $ 73.27   $ 50.08  
    Yearly $68,600   $76,920   $94,720   $119,840   $152,410   $104,160  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 33.64   $ 37.21   $ 44.38   $ 53.65   $ 60.61   $ 45.38  
    Yearly $69,970   $77,400   $92,310   $111,580   $126,060   $94,380  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 32.45   $ 35.28   $ 53.37   $ 67.18   $ 88.08   $ 53.55  
    Yearly $67,490   $73,370   $111,010   $139,740   $183,210   $111,390  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 31.52   $ 40.54   $ 46.09   $ 56.89   $ 96.03   $ 55.45  
    Yearly $65,570   $84,320   $95,880   $118,330   $199,750   $115,340  
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.

    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 310 340 0.9% 14
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Other professional, scientific, and technical services 79.4%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 13.2%
    Federal government, all industries 1.9%
    Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations 1.4%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 1.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

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  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
  • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper.
  • Counsel clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets.
  • Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.
  • Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options.
  • Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
  • Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses.
  • Establish or conduct quarantine or testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans and that comply with applicable government regulations.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians  updated July 2013

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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians  updated July 2013

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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians  updated July 2013

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  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians  updated July 2013

    Work Activities
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  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians  updated July 2013

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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians  updated June 2008

    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians  updated July 2013

    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Veterinarian Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Veterinary Medicine
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.

    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians  updated July 2013

    offering instructional programs related to Veterinarians
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      Related Instructional Programs
    • Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine.
    • Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program.
    • Large Animal/Food Animal and Equine Surgery and Medicine.
    • Poultry Veterinarian Residency Program. (NEW)
    • Small/Companion Animal Surgery and Medicine.
    • Theriogenology Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Anatomy.
    • Veterinary Anesthesiology Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Behaviorist Residency Program. (NEW)
    • Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Other.
    • Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Residency Program. (NEW)
    • Veterinary Dentistry Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Dermatology Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Infectious Diseases.
    • Veterinary Internal Medicine Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Medicine.
    • Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology.
    • Veterinary Microbiology Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Nutrition Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Ophthalmology Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology.
    • Veterinary Pathology Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Physiology.
    • Veterinary Practice Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Preventive Medicine Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health.
    • Veterinary Radiology Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Residency Programs, Other.
    • Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General.
    • Veterinary Surgery Residency Program.
    • Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology.
    • Veterinary Toxicology Residency Program.
    • Zoological Medicine Residency Program.
     Search for schools offering these programs at
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .

    Other Resources
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  • Health Care Careers
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  • Labor Exchange Information
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  • Look for statewide information over the latest 12 months for Veterinarians.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Veterinarians 

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