Illustration of a doctor in an exam room working on a computer

You might hire a veterinarian to:

  • Perform regular and preventative examinations on house pets
  • Work with livestock to treat wounds, administer vaccinations, and perform diagnostic tests
  • Perform sterilization surgery
  • Diagnose and treat health conditions of marine creatures
  • Provide technical expertise to wildlife biologists
  • Advise animal owners about general care, medical conditions, and treatments
Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
Strong communication skills
Applicable local licensure to perform veterinary services
Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
Scientific aptitude and strong analytical skills
Empathy and compassion
Passion for the well-being of animals
Excellent management skills