Veterinarians are responsible for the well-being of animals, including pets, cattle, and birds. It is not uncommon for veterinarians to safeguard humans from animal-borne diseases and perform clinical research on human and animal health issues. Others are involved in basic research, expanding our understanding of animals and medical science, and in applied research, finding new methods to apply that knowledge.


Veterinarians that specialize in small animals, such as dogs and cats, make up the majority of their practice. When it comes to caring for animals, veterinarians can perform a variety of tasks, including examining and diagnosing illnesses, administering medication to animals who are ill, dressing wounds and setting fractures, giving birth to animals’ offspring, and performing surgery, dental work, and blood tests. Owners may also receive advice on food, temperament, and reproduction from a veterinarian. It is common practice for veterinarians who deal with large animals such as horses, cattle, and sheep to travel to the animals’ homes to administer care. Their services include consulting on livestock productivity, feeding, and housing for ranchers and farmers alike. There are times when euthanizing an animal is the only option. Some veterinarians collaborate with doctors and scientists to find new ways to prevent and treat human health issues. Other Veterinarians may work with aquatic animals, wildlife, or zoo animals, among other possibilities.


Food safety and inspection may be a career option for certain veterinarians. They can do things like conduct illness checks on animals, offer treatment advice, and place animals in quarantine if necessary. Another group of Veterinarians, those who specialize in inspecting meat and poultry and egg products, conduct checks on slaughterhouses and processing factories as well as inspect live animals for disease.