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Veterinary Medicine

What is a Veterinary Medicine?

Veterinary medicine provides healthcare to pets, livestock, and zoo, sporting and laboratory animals.  Veterinarians (DVM or VMD) treat the injuries and illness of animals with a variety of medical equipment, providing care for animals as doctors due for humans.  While the majority of veterinarians work in private clinics treating pets, there are specialties in veterinary medicine including equine, food animal, food safety and inspection and research veterinarians who travel to farms, work outdoors or in laboratories. Many veterinarians also work with the intersection of human and animal health.


 Veterinarians typically do the following:

Source: United States Department of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook.  26 April 2012. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 11 July 2013 <>.


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