Veterinarians diagnose, prevent and treat diseases, injuries and dysfunctions of animals. They may provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in the treatment of a particular animal group or in a particular specialty area, or provide professional services to commercial firms producing biological and pharmaceutical products.


  • (a) determining the presence and nature of abnormal conditions by physical examination, laboratory testing and through diagnostic imaging techniques including radiography and ultrasound
  • (b) treating animals medically and surgically, and administering and prescribing drugs, analgesics, and general and local anaesthetics
  • (c) performing surgery, dressing wounds and setting broken bones
  • (d) rendering obstetric and dental services to animals
  • (e) participating in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases
  • (f) inoculating animals against, and testing for infectious diseases and notifying authorities of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases
  • (g) performing autopsies to determine cause of death
  • (h) advising clients on health, nutrition and feeding, hygiene, breeding and care of animals
  • (i) providing euthanasia services for animals

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