Veterinarians, or doctors of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) protect the health and welfare of all animals and therefore society as a whole. They diagnose and control animal diseases, treat sick animals, prevent the transmission of animal diseases to people, and advise owners on proper care of their pets and livestock. Veterinarians also ensure a safe food supply by maintaining the health of livestock. They also protect the public from residues of herbicides, pesticides, and antibiotics that may be found in livestock. They are involved in wildlife preservation and conservation, and use their knowledge to increase food production through genetics, animal feed production, and preventative medicine.
The doctor of veterinary medicine degree requires a minimum of six years of college, with at least two years of pre-veterinary study that emphasizes physical and biological sciences and a four year veterinary medicine program. This program is composed of three years of classroom study with a final year of clinical rotations. Most successful applicants have completed four years of college before being accepted by a veterinary medicine program. Admission is highly competitive, and candidates with animal- or veterinary-related experience are preferred. In Texas, graduate programs leading to the master of science (M.S.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are available, as well as joint D.V.M./M.S and D.V.M./Ph.D. degree programs.
Texas requires that veterinarians be licensed to practice private clinical medicine. They must pass one or more national examinations and a state examination for licensure.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the average annual salary for a veterinarian is $62,640.
Related health care fields include veterinary assistant and veterinary technician.
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