Veterinarian

Overview

Diagnoses, treats and prevents animal diseases, ailments and injuries. Registration or licensing is required.

Skills

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks

  • 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

Alternative Titles

  • Veterinary Surgeon

Specialisations

  • Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Veterinary Pathologist

Source: 1220.0 - ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition.
Note: The tasks associated with the occupation are to be used as guidance only. The tasks listing may include tasks associated with the grouping/category to which the occupation belongs.

Training Pathways

6 courses found.

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22518VIC: Graduate Diploma of Animal Biomechanical Medicine
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22442VIC: Certificate IV in Science
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22441VIC: Certificate III in Science
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10684NAT: Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine
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10640NAT: Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture
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10639NAT: Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine
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