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Veterinary Medicine (Pre)
Veterinary Medicine (Pre)
Career Opportunities and Work Life

It takes time to become successful in any line of work, especially when it involves medical knowledge. Veterinarians are medical professionals whose first responsibility is protecting the health and welfare of animals.

Veterinarians treat animals for multiple ailments. From alleviating allergies and fleas to repairing broken bones and performing life-saving surgery, they provide medical services for pets and farm animals.

Work Environment
Veterinarians find employment in government agencies, laboratories, and colleges.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 77 percent of veterinarians who work in private medical practices treat pets. 

Many veterinarians work over 40 hours a week. Animals, like humans, need medical attention at any time of the day or night. Often, private practices work nights and weekends. It is not uncommon for veterinarians to be on-call for emergencies.

Veterinarians in large-animal practice work outdoors in varying conditions and often travel to farms and ranches for clients.

Employment Outlook
Excellent job opportunities are expected for this field. Nationally, according the U.S. Department of Labor, veterinarians are expected to experience a 36 percent employment increase, and in Michigan, a 22 percent increase by 2020.

As the support for public health and food safety, national disease control, biomedical research, and homeland security continues to grow, there will be continued increase demand for veterinarians.

Specializing
For those veterinarians who decide to specialize, the employment outlook is especially good. There is a high demand for specialists in toxicology, laboratory animal medicine, and pathology. There is also a demand in the areas of environmental and public health, aquaculture, and food animal practice.

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