A career as a veterinarian is frequently found on lists of children’s top ten dream jobs, alongside roles such as astronaut, actor or scientist. While some people may grow up and decide to own a pet or volunteer at an animal shelter to indulge their love of animals, many will choose to officially study towards a vet career.
Vets diagnose and treat a wide range of animals, from domestic pets like cats and dogs, to larger zoo animals or livestock. The choice of veterinary careers is more varied than you might think, from the well-known roles like a veterinary surgeon or nurse to a veterinary radiologist or animal hydrotherapist. If you’ve always dreamt of working with animals and want to know more about just some of the career options available, read on for our handy guide.
This role involves working as part of a vet care team providing expert nursing care for many different species of sick or injured animals. First-line care duties include vaccinations, neutering, worming and general health checks. Vet nurses also educate pet owners on animal health, assist with operations, monitor anaesthesia and perform diagnostic tests (X-rays, blood tests etc).
A surgeon is what most people think of when they picture a ‘typical vet’ and a vet surgeon is responsible for the prevention of disease and surgical treatment of animals. The role can be highly varied and vet surgeons can work privately, for a public practice, in a teaching or research post, or for an organisation like the army or an animal charity.
Animal hydrotherapists use hydrotherapy techniques to help animals make improvements from injury or chronic conditions. Dogs are the most commonly treated animal using this method and it can help with injuries and diagnosed health conditions, as well as functioning as a fun form of exercise.
Vet receptionists work at the front line of all communications between visiting clients and vet surgeons, nurses and any other relevant practice or organisation. As well as answering phones and dealing with appointments, receptionists may also help out with some basic aspects of animal care, making this role a great stepping stone for a veterinary career.
A radiologist is an expert in all forms of medical imaging, including X-rays, MRI scans, radiographs, CT scans and ultrasounds. A veterinary radiologist requires expert skill and knowledge in the form of standard veterinary training, plus further training in how to interpret diagnostic images.
If you’re looking for the perfect veterinary role for you, get help from the experts at VetPro Recruitment. Our highly experienced recruiters can work with you to help you find the perfect role to complement your skills and experience. Whether you’re looking for a surgeon or nurse role, a job overseas, or need some help with CV writing and interview techniques, we can help. For more information, get in touch today on 01392 824667 or register via our website.