VETERINARIANS diagnose, treat and prevent animal diseases, ailments and injuries.
Indicative Skill Level:
In Australia and New Zealand:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing is required.
treating animals medically and surgically, and administering and prescribing drugs, analgesics, and general and local anaesthetics
determining the presence and nature of abnormal conditions by physical examination, laboratory testing and through diagnostic imaging techniques including radiography and ultrasound
performing surgery, dressing wounds and setting broken bones
rendering obstetric services to animals
participating in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases
inoculating animals against, and testing for, infectious diseases and notifying authorities of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases
performing autopsies to determine cause of death
advising clients on health, nutrition and feeding, hygiene, breeding and care of animals
may provide professional services to commercial firms producing biological and pharmaceutical products
may specialise in the treatment of a particular animal group or in a particular specialty area such as cardiology, chiropractic, dermatology or critical care