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

You might hire a veterinarian to:

  • Perform regular preventive examinations of 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 or equivalent
Two or more years of experience as a veterinarian
Applicable local licensure to perform veterinary services
Scientific aptitude and strong analytical skills
Strong communication skills
Passion for the well-being of animals