They treat our pets.
Most of us think of veterinarians as being the medical caregivers for our pets. And that's a true statement. Small-animal veterinarians represent more than 65% of all vets nationwide. Pet owners should bring their animals to a vet once a year for an annual checkup and necessary shots. Performing these check-ups is part of a small-animal veterinarian's daily routine.
Large-animal veterinarians make farm visits.
Other veterinarians focus more on large animals, mostly farm animals. Large-animal vets often perform farm visits to do herd health checks or to treat a sick animal. These veterinarians often have a specialized truck, which holds medicines, equipment and other supplies necessary for these mobile services.
They write and fill prescriptions.
Veterinarians, much like human doctors, write prescriptions for necessary medicines, vaccines and preventative care. Unlike doctors, however, most veterinarians can fill the prescription at their clinics. Some compare it to being a doctor's office and pharmacy all-in-one. Veterinarians must know a great deal about medicines, dosages, and possible side effects – which is taught in veterinary school and training seminars each year.
Vets take and read X-rays.
Just like us, animals often require X-rays to determine a diagnosis. Veterinarians usually have X-ray and ultrasound machines in their offices for this purpose, and they are well-trained in how to read the pictures.
They perform surgeries.
Veterinary surgeons utilizing BioVision's advanced imaging system for a single port laparoscopic spay
Veterinarians are also surgeons. They perform all types of surgeries from a basic spay (removal of the female reproductive parts) to more complex procedures, depending on the animal's needs. In some cases, an exploratory surgery is required to determine the extent of an animal's injuries.
Vets lead and direct their staff.
Veterinarians work with a dedicated staff, all of whom have been through some level of training and assist with procedures. The vet provides direction for his staff on treatment plans, follow-up care, medicine dosages and more.