Only a person who loves a challenge would take on patients who can't tell them where it hurts.


In A Nutshell

I examine sick animals to diagnose diseases and health problems.

I perform medical treatments like vaccinations and surgeries to treat illnesses and injuries.

I talk to clients about how to feed, house, breed, and handle their animals to keep them healthy.


Potential Salary Range

$75,000 - $100,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Nunavut NU
Northwest Territories NWT
Northwest Territories
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK
Yukon Territories YT
Yukon Territories

I treat most patients in the clinic, where our staff can help keep things clean and under control. I also travel to clients’ farms when I do business calls, which can be loud, messy, and exciting! 


Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Determine what injuries or illnesses an animal has
  • Perform preventative and curative treatment
  • Create medical instruction schedules for customers to follow at home
  • Perform emergency surgeries and procedures
  • Plan and guide veterinary research
  • Make sure customers are following government regulations

Education & Training

  • A university degree is required, plus a four-year specialized Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

Job Outlook

    As long as there are animals, there will be veterinarians to keep them healthy. Large animal vets are in higher demand in rural areas where animals are raised for food.

Related School Subjects

Health Education
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Animals Medicine Welfare Livestock

Important Skills

Analytical Thinking

I’m always using reasoning and logic to figure out what is making an animal sick.

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Problem Solving

Once I know what illness or injury I’m dealing with, I have to create a solution to make them better.

Decision Making

There are lots of different ways I could help and treat an animal. I have to decide which treatment I think will be the most successful while under pressure and in a timely manner.



Whether I'm working with livestock owners, farmers, or ranchers, they're all my customers and I need to be able to communicate with them professionally.


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Working with Animals
Helps Others
Working in a Small Business
Independent Work